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John Abraham Mentioned Again for New York Giants with Regard to Jason Pierre-Paul Injury

June 6th, 2013 at 11:30 AM
By Doug Rush

Last week, John Abraham's name came up as a "perfect landing spot" for the New York Giants in a segment done on Sirius XM Radio by Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports.

Both Ryan and Kirwan's reasoning for mentioning Abraham was the departure of Osi Umenyiora, who essentially replaced Abraham in Atlanta when he signed a two-year deal to leave the Giants during free agency.

Abraham's name has come up regarding several teams this off season; the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks, but none of those teams were willing to sign the veteran pass rusher because of his contract demands, which is why he is still a free agent on the open market.

While he is still open to sign with any team, the Giants' keep coming up again as a landing spot for the 35-year-old, especially now that Jason Pierre-Paul just had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back and is expected to miss 12-14 weeks.

Both Tim Kavanaugh and Dan Graziano of ESPN New York touched on the subject again on Thursday morning in their latest blogs; first from Kavanaugh:

"With news this week that New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul has undergone back surgery, there's been a lot of discussion on how they'll replace him if he isn't back on the field for the start of the season. The current projection has him returning by Aug. 27 — in time, obviously, to play in the season-opener on Sept. 8 — but setbacks are always possible, especially when dealing with a back issue," Kavanaugh wrote. But if JPP does return in time, would there be a place for Abraham? Kavanaugh addresses this as well, by continuing:

"Along the contingency plan lines, there has been some talk that the team could target FA John Abraham, the best of the currently available DEs on the market. To be clear, there's been no sourced reports that the Giants have one iota of interest in doing so; rather, the discussion has been speculative in nature. However, given that the Giants place a high emphasis on having a dominant rotation on the D-line, having another highly skilled veteran in the mix does make sense, so long as Abraham understands and accepts his role (and compensation). "

From Graziano:

"Here's one vote for the Giants to sign pass-rusher John Abraham in the wake of the news of Jason Pierre-Paul's back surgery. I don't know. If Pierre-Paul were certain to miss a couple of months, I could see it. But if they really think he can be back by Week 1 or soon thereafter, then I don't see why they'd be more interested in Abraham now than they were three days ago. Feels more like a Yankees move than a Giants one, to tell you the truth."

Right now, Abraham still is an unlikely target for the Giants because JPP is slated to return to the team in September. If he were out for the season, that would drastically change things for the Giants and their plans. Plus, the team still has options they can look at internally to temporarily take the place of JPP; as Mathias Kiwanuka steps into a starters role with Adrian Tracy, Adewale Ojomo and rookie Damontre Moore looking to move up on the depth chart by making an impact this summer.

In Graziano's segment, he mentions one person who made a public plea for the Giants to sign Abraham was Joshua Ryan of the G-Men HQ blog, who felt the team should not pass up on him in free agency.

"There are other options on the free agent market that would likely cost less but Abraham is easily the best of the options left  and considering how much the Giants prioritize their pass rush, letting him go would be a mistake."

With the Giants having limited cap space, Abraham would basically have to drop his demands and make a personal pitch in order for Jerry Reese and the Giants to bite.

Again, don't expect the Giants to jump at signing Abraham, but also don't be surprised to hear his name come up during the summer while JPP recovers from the back surgery.

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