John Abraham is meeting with the Cardinals about a possible contract for next season. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
NFL free agent John Abraham is reportedly visiting the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday to discuss a possible contract for next season, according to a tweet from Fox Sports reporter Mike Jurecki.
The 35-year-old defensive end was released by the Atlanta Falcons in March after the team finished with a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. Abraham, who spent seven seasons with the Falcons, went on to hold meetings with the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans this past spring but talks reportedly fell through because he was seeking a higher salary and heavier role than teams wanted to commit. He was under contract for another two years at $4.25 million and $3.25 million, respectively.
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The four-time Pro Bowler, who began his NFL career in 2000 with the New York Jets, has played in a 4-3 scheme for virtually his entire time in the league, so a potential contract with the Cardinals would mean an adjustment to a 3-4 system and competition with Cardinals defensive ends Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett.
For his career, Abraham has 122 sacks including an average of 11 sacks with the Falcons over the past three seasons. In May, two months after his release from Atlanta, he had sent out cryptic tweets saying "done" and "Retiring 13" but later dismissed rumors that he was retiring from the NFL.
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