If John Abraham asks Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster and head coach Mike Munchak if there are any more candidates coming in for the job, they would find a hard time say no. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported that both Abraham and now Dwight Freeney will spend time with the Titans over the next couple days.
It’s been a rough free agency period for veteran players. Thanks to a highly lauded draft class of edge rushers, it’s become especially difficult for Freeney and Abraham, who rank 21st and 13th on the all-time career sacks list, respectively. Neither had fallen off a cliff last year either, as Freeney ranked 10th among 3-4 outside linebackers and Abraham fifth among 4-3 defensive ends in Pro Football Focus pass-rush grading.
One could make the assumption that Abraham and Freeney are being vetted for a situational pass-rushing role, and there isn’t enough room in the Titans front seven for the two of them. It seemed Freeney to the Denver Broncos was very likely pre-draft deal but negotiations stalled and then fell apart. Abraham has had a relatively quiet offseason, which has led to speculation that he could return to the Atlanta Falcons, where he has played at a near-elite level over the past five years and still serves a need.
Both the 33-year-old Freeney and 34-year-old Abraham have had to learned new tricks in recent years. Freeney kicked to outside linebacker in Chuck Pagano‘s 3-4 defense while Abraham began vacillating between lineman and linebacker in Atlanta. Tennessee runs a 4-3 base with one of the league’s better bookend pairs in Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley.