While the big NFL free agency story today is obviously the sweepstakes for quarterback Peyton Manning, there are other stories slipping through the cracks. Here's a notable one -- the Atlanta Falcons are locking up defensive end John Abraham for the next three years.
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Oddly enough, the two teams vying to steal Abraham away this week were the same two teams chasing Manning -- the Tennessee Titans and the Denver Broncos. But the Falcons were able to swoop in at the last minute and get their claws on Abraham, the veteran end with four Pro Bowls to his name. The 33-year-old Abraham will remain in Atlanta through 2014.
Abraham has spent 12 seasons in the NFL, six with the Falcons and six with the New York Jets. It was the Jets who drafted him out of South Carolina, with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2000 NFL draft. Abraham has 396 career tackles to his name, 112 of them sacks. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2001 and 2010.