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 Post subject: Mortenson says Abraham and Falcons meet by Friday!
PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 6:30 am 
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Per espn radio:

According to Chris Mortenson John Abraham is scheduled to meet with Falcon officials by Friday to discuss the terms of a possible contract. Mentioned that people shouldn't be fooled by the Falcons stubborness to part with Matt Schaub because even though the the Falcon brass loves Matt Schaub they know they have no chance of resigning him after his contract is over at the end of the upcoming season. It is believed that the Falcons are trying hard to figure out a way to not part with a 1st or 2nd rounder in addition to Schaub. Apparently the Falcons are willing to send Schaub to the Jets however not with anything more then a possible 3rd round pick. Jets are thinking of doing this however they are trying to figure out a way to get the Falcons to extend Schaubs contract.

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FYI...

Abraham visits Seattle
<Mar. 16> Abraham visited the Seahawks on Wednesday and came away impressed with how the NFC champs conduct business.
"The Seahawks have a first-class organization," Abraham told The Star-Ledger. "They treated me like a king. From top to bottom, I was really impressed. They have a great stadium and a great facility. No matter where I go, Seattle is a great organization."

Abraham, the Jets' franchise player, has been given permission to seek a trade. If he finds a team willing to give him a long-term deal, a trade must be worked out with New York.

The team believed to be closest to assembling a trade package with the Jets is Atlanta. One significant road bump to a deal is the Falcons' refusal to include quarterback Matt Schaub, whom the Jets hold in high regard. It is believed the Jets are seeking Schaub and the Falcons' second-round draft pick for Abraham.

Abraham visited the Redskins Sunday. The defensive end is also drawing interest from Denver, Cleveland and Detroit.


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I'd do Schaub and a 3rd in a heartbeat..

I just wonder what the size of Abraham's contract will be

What do we do for backup QB??? Sign Aaron Brooks? Draft Charlie Whitehurst?

Should be an intersting month


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The size of Abraham's contract is going to be big.

Darren Howard - $10.5 million in bonuses
Aaron Kampman - $12 million guaranteed ($11 million in bonuses)
Tony Weaver - $12 million in bonuses
Raheem Brock - $10 million guaranteed ($8 million in bonuses)
Trevor Pryce - $10 million guaranteed
Kalimba Edwards - $8 million guaranteed
Kyle Vanden Bosch - $14.5 million guaranteed ($4.75 million in bonuses)

So you know that since Abraham is head and shoulders above the rest of this class, his contract is going to be bigger. A minimum of $15 million guaranteed, with a signing bonus probably exceeding $12 million. It is also likely to average more than $6 million a year since Vanden Bosch's contract has the highest per year average of $5.5 million.

I would suspect the Falcons will ink Abraham to a deal somewhere around 6-years, worth $40 million with $17.5 million guaranteed.

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i'm looking for the story i read about this where McKay said that the contract he is expecting is a reasonable one that the Falcons can cover.


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Falcons wary of trading Schaub
Steve Wyche - Staff
Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Falcons do not want to include backup quarterback Matt Schaub in a trade for New York Jets defensive end John Abraham, although his inclusion could finalize a deal for the three-time Pro Bowl player.

Falcons coach Jim Mora reiterated Wednesday the team's stance that no deal has been appealing enough to part with Michael Vick's insurance policy.

"Who wouldn't have an interest in a player the caliber of Jonathan Abraham?" Mora said. "The fact is that he's the property of the New York Jets. This organization has a lot of respect for Matt Schaub as a player and a person, and we value him as a backup to Michael Vick."

Mora did not deny the team's interest in Abraham, which the Journal-Constitution first reported from last month's NFL Scouting Combine, or that the Falcons are engaged in trade talks with the Jets. He did not go into specifics of the conversations with New York other than to say the Falcons have not received an offer that would make them want to part with Schaub, who just finished his second season.

Schaub's agent, David Dunn, has declined comment about his client's status.

ESPN.com reported that the Jets have asked for Schaub and a second-round draft pick in return for Abraham. The Jets are believed to be among a handful of teams that have inquired about Schaub for months. All have been rebuffed. President and general manager Rich McKay also said Monday that no offer for Schaub has been good enough.

The Falcons have some negotiating leverage because several teams have filled their defensive end needs in free agency or used up salary-cap space to sign free agents at other positions. With a dwindling market, Atlanta might not have to exchange more than draft picks, which it would be willing to do, save for their first-round selection --- the 15th overall pick.

With so many draft picks from the past two seasons playing valuable roles, McKay acknowledged earlier this week the Falcons would be willing to trade picks for veteran players.

Schaub has two career starts, losing both, but his performances in the preseason and in last season's 31-28 loss to New England, in which he started for an injured Vick and completed 18 of 34 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns, have made the 6-foot-5, 237-pounder an appealing prospect. Schaub also becomes a restricted free agent after this season, which means if he signs with another team, the Falcons have the right to match the offer.

Mora and McKay have said that Schaub is not untouchable, but his value to the Falcons --- especially since Vick tends to get injured, and there are no other experienced backup quarterbacks on the roster --- is high enough that, at this time, they aren't willing to swap him for a player of Abraham's caliber.

The Falcons recently released veteran right defensive end Brady Smith after injuries limited him to just five games and left his availability for next season in question. A right end, Abraham has accumulated 53 1/2 sacks in his six NFL seasons --- 20 over the past two. He also forced six fumbles last season, when he had 10 1/2 sacks.

The Falcons confirmed they have the cap room to meet Abraham's unspecified demands for a new contract and have the ability to sign other free agents, like safety Lawyer Milloy, who was offered a three-year deal Monday.

Since being named the Jets' franchise player after the season --- a move that enabled New York to keep him off the free-agent market to either trade him or renegotiate his contract --- Abraham would have to agree to a contract with a suitor before signing off on a trade. If he is not moved, he would earn $8.3 million next season.

The Jets and Abraham have made it clear they'll most likely be parting ways.

Abraham and Milloy both visited the Seahawks on Wednesday. Abraham has not visited the Falcons, but he could over the next few days.


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