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All-Unemployed Team update: One big-time pass rusher left

Posted by Mike Wilkening on May 19, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT
 
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One name on PFT’s All-Unemployed Team sticks out like a sore thumb:
 
John Abraham.
 
With Dwight Freeney joining San Diego on Saturday, Abraham is the best pass rusher left on the market. His primary skill is a valuable one, and I would suspect someone is going to ante up to get him in the fold. The 35-year-old Abraham wants to be a full-time starter, which is the big hang-up keeping a player who had 10 sacks in 2012 from landing a new gig.
 
However, Abraham’s leverage is not hurt with organized team practice activities (OTAs) getting into full swing around the league. Perhaps a team doesn’t like what it is seeing from its defensive ends in workouts, or perhaps an injury occurs. Melvin Ingram’s torn ACL early in OTAs suddenly put the Chargers in real need of pass-rush help.
 
Enter Freeney, and exit one of the best players left in free agency.
 
Now we wait to see what happens with Abraham. Similarly, it will be interesting to see where another solid veteran defensive end, Israel Idonije, lands. Idonije, who recorded 7.5 sacks for the Bears in 2012, is a recent addition to the All-Unemployed Team. Another new member is Bradie James, who notched 77 tackles for Houston last season. He replaces Karlos Dansby, who signed with Arizona.
 
Finally, the special teams portion of the All-Unemployed lineup has a new look with punter Chris Kluwe and returner Josh Cribbs moving on to Oakland. Mat McBriar, last of Philadelphia, takes over for Kluwe, while Stefan Logan replaces Cribbs. Logan most recently played for Detroit.
 
We will continue to update the team as needed. And with so much activity this week, another departure or two wouldn’t be surprising.
 
Then again, we’re almost two-thirds through spring and John Abraham is still unsigned. And we didn’t see that coming.

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« #1 : May 20, 2013, 12:22:46 AM »

I'd be happy if the bucs signed him.

It would give bowers more time to adjust/less reps, give us a solid third de, and could give the whole defense a passrush boost.

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« #2 : May 20, 2013, 01:37:35 AM »

I think with him wanting a starting gig, you could cross the Bucs off the list.  Your going to sit Clayborn or Bowers for a 35 year old player who has likely played his best ball already?


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« #3 : May 20, 2013, 02:12:40 AM »

I think he's already crossed off, but he shouldn't be.

Despite his age, the guy is a very good player and an improvement over Bowers currently. I know people say it's for a one year lease, but he could last a couple more, and the benifits of allowing Bowers or him being moved along the line would pay off greatly. Not only that, but you have yet another name to fill the stands, and another vet to fill the void in a position on the team DL/DE group that has little leadership (besides McCoy).

I like Bowers and wanted him in Tampa. Heck, I was happy as a clam that they we're able to draft him. However, he's shown inconsitancy in staying healthy and has a looming punishment because of the stupid gun at airport issue. I would MUcH rather have Abraham showing bowers the ropes for this season, allow Bowers those resting downs for now, and maybe even allow him to play in place of Clayborn in the same situation.

It would create more depth, and bring in a good vet player. I think it's a good deal (depending on cost).

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« #4 : May 20, 2013, 02:18:49 AM »

I think he's already crossed off, but he shouldn't be.

Despite his age, the guy is a very good player and an improvement over Bowers currently. I know people say it's for a one year lease, but he could last a couple more, and the benifits of allowing Bowers or him being moved along the line would pay off greatly. Not only that, but you have yet another name to fill the stands, and another vet to fill the void in a position on the team DL/DE group that has little leadership (besides McCoy).

I like Bowers and wanted him in Tampa. Heck, I was happy as a clam that they we're able to draft him. However, he's shown inconsitancy in staying healthy and has a looming punishment because of the stupid gun at airport issue. I would MUcH rather have Abraham showing bowers the ropes for this season, allow Bowers those resting downs for now, and maybe even allow him to play in place of Clayborn in the same situation.

It would create more depth, and bring in a good vet player. I think it's a good deal (depending on cost).




While that is very logical, the trouble is,  he thinks he is still a starter and wants to be paid accordingly.  Bringing him in as a cheap, rotational guy would be ok.   But I think that is the last thing on his mind.


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