FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. What were the chances that defensive end John Abraham was going to return as a member of the Atlanta Falcons last season?
Abraham, who hit unrestricted free agency before the Falcons re-signed him on March 16, said he thought he was gone.
Im about to go somewhere else and about to take the flight to Tennessee, Abraham said, then picked up his cell phone and offered a reenactment of how the conversation went. Look, yall, I aint going. No, Im going to stay in Atlanta.
Are you sure, John?
No, I aint going.
It ought to be a major relief to the Falcons that the 34-year-old elected to remain in Atlanta, where he is now in the seventh season of his 13-year career and still one of the leagues top pass-rushers. He has remained as one of the Falcons most integral defensive players on a unit that relies on the big play sacks and turnovers to win; the Falcons rank 20th in total defense but are 7-0 nonetheless. Abrahams seven sacks tie him for seventh in the NFL and, perha...