The Seattle Seahawks have scheduled a free agent visit with defensive end John Abraham. The former Atlanta Falcons sack machine was recently released after having another double-digit sack season. This move would make perfect sense for the Seahawks, as getting consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks is their biggest team weakness. Although the 35-year old Abraham is getting up in years, it is still quite clear that he can generate pressure.
To make matters worse for an already shaky unit of the team, the Seahawks lost their best pass rusher, Chris Clemons, in their Wild Card victory over the Washington Redskins so they are especially in need of help in this area. Given the time of the year the injury occurred, it is doubtful that Clemons will be able to immediately contribute at the level of play he was used to prior to the injury. In addition, he is also on the wrong side of 30 so any expectations of him coming back better than ever are a fallacy. If the Seahawks are responsible, which I believe they are, they will go into the season hoping to get a contribution from Clemons, but not expecting it.
The Seahawks are one of the youngest teams in the NFL. Adding a veteran presence who can do what the Seahawks need help with the most makes sense when the team is so close to competing for a championship. As I wrote a few days ago, it’s not the first time the Seahawks have pursued Abraham, but hopefully this is the time he inks his name on the dotted line if the contract is reasonable for both sides.