John Abraham is heading to Seattle, and he’ll surely leave with renewed respect for Eddie Vedder and the various flannel looks of the early 90′s (stay dead, thanks), and coffee. Sweet, glorious coffee.
He may also leave with a contract to play football for the Seattle Seahawks.
Abraham has been kind enough to be the first of the top tier names at any position to log a free agent visit, and he’s allowed to do that since he was released by the Falcons before the beginning of the new league year. He’s somewhere high in the clouds right now en route to Seattle, according to NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones, and he’s no doubt ordering a diet Coke solely because he hates flight attendants. Once he lands, the wooing process will begin. Sources tell us a trampoline may be involved.
How would Abraham fit into the Seahawks’ front four? So very, very well.
Although Seattle still registered an overall pretty OK/mid pack-ish 36 sacks during the 2012 regular season, there was a problem with balance. Or rather, a severe lack of it that became glaring in the playoffs after Chris Clemons suffered a torn ACL on the FedEx Field grass during Wild Card Weekend, the same grass that’s only slightly safer than playing football on hot coals. Of that overall team sack total during the season, Clemons accounted for 11.5 of them, and no other Seattle starter had more than three.
But oh, it gets worse. Behold these numbers…
Chris Clemons is a huge blow for Seattle. Accounts for 59 total pressures this year. Rest of the SEA DL (9 guys) have 135 combined.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 7, 2013
Abraham had 10 sacks in 2012, and over his last three seasons he’s logged 32.5 quarterback takedowns, with his single-season high topping out at 16.5 back in 2008. Age and durability concerns played a role in his Atlanta exodus, as he’s set to turn 35 later this offseason. But you know what? Whatever. The situation in Atlanta is far different than the one Abraham could be walking into in Seattle, as the Falcons are shuffling around cap space in preparation to throw large sums of cash at Matt Ryan. Meanwhile, the Seahawks need support for Clemons. Now.
Although he suffered an ankle injury late this past season and it limited him in the playoffs, Abraham’s missed only two games over the last six years. That doesn’t scream brittle.