2013 NFL free agency: John Abraham visiting Patriots according to report

Kevin C. Cox

The New England Patriots continue to look for veteran options in free agency, now hoping to add a signature pass rusher to their defense.

John Abraham finished his final season in Atlanta with 35 tackles and 10 sacks. Now the 33-year-old veteran defensive end is visiting with the New England Patriots, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN Boston.

Bill Belichick's team are routinely active in free agency, and Abraham is precisely the kind of player they target -- veteran options looking to make a deep run into the playoffs. If he signs with the Patriots it would be a return to the AFC East, where spent the first six years of his career as a member of the New York Jets.


New England's pass rush was effective in 2012 (amassing 37 sacks), but lacked a single signature pass rusher. The team showed a lot of promise with first round draft pick Chandler Jones, who was an early-season rookie of the year candidate before getting injured; he failed to register a sack in his final five games of the season. Meanwhile, Rob Ninkovich led the team with 8.0 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles.

The week the Patriots have added wide receiver Danny Amendola, and running back Leon Washington. Abraham would likely be another one-year option for New England, and immediately bolster their pass rush.

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