Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Falcons have re-signed free agent defensive end John Abraham to a three-year contract. Talks between Abraham and the Falcons seemed to fall apart the closer things got to free agency, but eventually the two sides were able to come to terms on a deal to keep Abraham a Falcon, who has played with since 2006.
The Falcons first acquired Abraham in a three-way trade in 2006 from the New York Jets in exchange for a first round pick. Abraham signed a six-year, $45 million deal with the team then. In six years, with the team he has tallied 58.5 sacks. That is tied with Chuck Smith for the team’s all-time lead, when accounting for years since sacks have been an official statistic. Claude Humphrey is considered the team’s true sack leader with 94.5 career sacks. Abraham is coming off a 2011 season where he recorded 9.5 sacks, the team lead.