It wasn't long ago that Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham thought his career in the NFL was over.
Despite racking up 10 sacks for the Atlanta Falcons in 2012, the veteran was released after the season and was unable to find a deal in free agency until the final day of training camp last season. Even then, the Cardinals rarely played the veteran until injuries forced their hand.
Not one to let an opportunity slip out of his hands, Abraham emerged as one of Arizona's best defenders in 2013, continually putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks and finishing with 11.5 sacks, his most since the 2010 season.
Now Abraham is ready to prove his worth, recently telling ArizonaSports.com of his desire to record a career-high in sacks in 2014.
"I'm shooting for at least 20 (sacks). I always shoot high," Abraham said. "Shoot high, you might hit low, but at least you shoot high. Don't bowl; you've got to shoot a basket. Shoot high, don't bowl."
It's an ambitious number, if a little unrealistic: Abraham's career-high is 16.5 sacks, which came during the middle of his prime in 2008.
Still, it's not out of the question to believe Abraham will find himself in double-digit sack totals for the third consecutive season. MORE: 2015 NFL Mock Draft | Offseason awards | Best available free agents