INDIANAPOLIS — John Abraham’s six-year reign of terror on quarterbacks in the NFC South could be coming to an end.
The Falcons are set to meet with Abraham’s agent Rich Rosa here on Saturday or Sunday for a “do or die” negotiation, Rosa told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday morning before the NFLPA agents meeting.
While the sides have not discussed years and numbers yet, the initial discussions have not gone well. If a contract extension can’t be worked out, Abraham would become a free agent on March 13, when the league’s new business year starts.
The Falcons want to protect themselves if Abraham’s play slips. Abraham, who made an $8 million base salary last season, turns 34 in May but believes he’s playing at a high level and wants to compensated accordingly.
Abraham’s numbers have not dipped. In his first three years with the Falcons he had 30.5 sacks. Over his last three seasons he had 28 sacks. Abraham also had 19 force fumbles over the length of his contract.
He would like to play for another three seasons. The Falcons want to sign him, but have some financial constraints with 17 possible free agents with other important players, like quarterback Matt Ryan, due for contract extension possibly as early as next season.
Rosa contends that the Falcons have to embrace the fact that players are playing longer these days.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog