If the New England Patriots want to be a force to be reckoned with next season they must improve their outside pass rushing ability. New England recorded 37 sacks in 2012, which was good for 15th in the NFL. However, that number must be greater in 2013 if the Patriots want to go the distance. One free agent who is still available that would greatly improve the sack numbers is former Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker John Abraham.
Even though the 35-year-old has plenty of wear on him, he is still a huge asset when it comes to recording sacks. Abraham posted 10 sacks, 35 total tackles and six forced fumbles in 16 games last season. The fact that no team has picked him up yet is unbelievable. However, the reason for this is his contract issue.
Abraham wants to play at least 60 snaps next season, which means he wants the compensation to fit the bill. Unfortunately, no team is willing to give him that kind of deal at his age. With that being said, teams are willing to give him a one-year deal to be a situational pass rusher, which would still pay him over $2 million. Obviously, Abraham is not interested in that because he believes he can still play at a high level and be productive.
One team in particular that could convince Abraham to take the one-year contract is the Patriots. New England is a no nonsense organization that produces a winning product every year. If the South Carolina native ever wanted a chance at a ring his best bet is to ink a deal with the Patriots. Not to mention, New England has seen their fair share of injuries to their outside pass rushers, which means Abraham’s role could be expanded at some point.