Tennessee Titans Should Pursue John Abraham

Dec 16, 2012; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham (55) leads the defense onto the field before the game at The Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Giants 34-0. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans have recently targeted former Atlanta Falcons DE John Abraham as a potential free-agent signing. Abraham visited the Titans last week and buzz following the visit has sprung up around the league. What could the signing of Abraham mean for this team moving into the 2013 season and moving forward?

The most immediate impact we could see for the Titans if Abraham is signed is leadership and experience to both the Titans defensive front and to the defense as a unit. He brings a crucial aspect of veteran experience, which is something that this team desperately needs on the defensive side with a young group of returning players.

Of course, the play of Abraham can’t be overlooked. While he is aged, Abraham is still an effective pass-rusher on the end and can make an impact for the defensive front. His speed may not be what it used to be but Abraham moves and sheds blockers with quick moves and strong hands, which is why he is still effective to any unit he is a part of.

While age may be a concern, you knew that going into the signing of Abraham. By keeping Abraham’s snaps low throughout the game, you can maximize his usage throughout the entirety of a game. Another intriguing aspect of Abraham is that he can still bring big-play potential to this Titans defense, which is an aspect that has been absent in recent years. A price can’t be placed on big-play potential and Abraham would bring that immediately to this Titans defense.

The signing of Abraham may not be a long-term investment, but he can be an impact this season and can help bring leadership and veteran experience to a young Titans defense. At the current price the Titans could snag him for, the positives outweigh the negatives.

He is the option on the market that makes the most sense for the Titans. At this point, would be a steal for this team which is in desperate need of a veteran and a playmaker on defense.

Topics: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agency, John Abraham, Tennessee Titans

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  • http://twitter.com/g_d_rice Gary D. Rice

    Nice job Nick! I hope we get him.

    • Nick Pitakos

      Appreciate it! And I think it’s safe to say we would both like to see it happen.

  • Modesto Koczwara

    One thing can be said that Gregg Williams is foaming at the mouth!

  • David Fleming

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried using rookie 3rd round pick Zaviar Gooden as a situational pass rusher. His athleticism is off the charts, but I realize that he has little experience rushing the passer. Bringing in someone like Freeney or Abraham would certainly help bolster the DE position, even if just for a 1 year fix.

    • http://twitter.com/Armchair_Psycho Joshua Huffman

      I think if they were to do something like this, they’d use Akeem Ayers in that role and possibly play Gooden at OLB. Gooden is just so small to play DE at any time.

      • David Fleming

        Yeah good point, that makes way more sense as Ayers has already shown the ability to get to the QB.