The Falcons released team sack leader John Abraham, and replaced him at defensive end with two time Super Bowl Champion, Osi Umnenyiora. Abraham put together another great season last year with 10 sacks, and six forced fumbles despite a supporting cast that didn’t offer much support in helping him attack the quarterback.
Abraham was undisputedly the best player on the defensive line, but was cut in the offseason. This was done to save money for the Falcons tight salary cap, and for the imminent contract extension of Matt Ryan. However, Abraham was the only person who really got any semblance of consistent pressure on the quarterback last year. Losing him is going to hurt, regardless of the fact that Umenyiora is replacing him.
Umenyiora was once considered one of the best pass rushers in the game, and was a key defensive force in that fearsome New York Giants defensive line that won two Super Bowls.
But can Umenyiora even match Abraham’s success last season? Hard to say given t...