The Titans are evidently seeking to be the baddest men in the land. And to do that, they need more pass rushing. Much more.
Tennessee finished ninth in the league in sacks this past season with 39, which was a swift jump from their meager 28 in 2011 (31st), largely due to the growth of Derrick Morgan, and the addition of Kamerion Wimbley. Now, they’re looking for more depth while seeking to make the next jump.
That’s why John Abraham will visit Tennessee, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Abraham remains a free agent, which likely makes him a desperate man in these early days of May. He’s surely aware that he needs to either find employment soon with offseason training activities on the horizon, or wait for an injury.
Despite his age (he turns 35 next week), Abraham is still highly effective, and from purely a skill standpoint he’s far more appealing than fellow veteran free agent defensive end Dwight Freeney. With 19.5 sacks over the past two years, there’s much more than fumes left in his gasoline receptacle.
But we can’t just talk about skill. We have to talk about money too, and that’s where Abraham could lose after Freeney just lowered his price to a reported $8.5 million over two seasons.
That alone is enough motivation for Abraham to lower his price if he hasn’t done so already. If the cost for his services begins to approach what Freeney is asking for, then the decision for prospective employers will be easy.