John Abraham Set To Visit 49ers Coaching Staff

October 14, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham (55) prepares to sack Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) in the game at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons beat the Raiders 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

When news broke out that DE/OLB John Abraham would meet with the San Francisco 49ers today, I was in all honesty shocked. The four-time Pro Bowler was recently released by the Atlanta Falcons, and is now looking to play for another Super Bowl contender. The Falcons all-time sacks leader, still has some gas left in the tank, but at what price? Last year, Abraham signed a 3-year deal worth $16.72 million. The 49ers can not afford that price tag, especially if he plays mainly as a pass-rush specialist in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 scheme. So how much value does Abraham actually bring? Plenty.

Abraham’s track record speaks for itself as he amassed 122.0 sacks in his 13-year career. In addition, seven of those years include seasons where he racked up at least 10 sacks on the season. The 49ers desperately need a pass-rusher other than OLB Aldon Smith and Abraham may be the short-term answer. Coming out of South Carolina in the 2000 NFL Draft, many NFL analysts projected Abraham as 3-4 outside linebacker a position he rarely played in the pros. Now Abraham finally gets his chance to show what he can do standing up, if he indeed decides to strike a deal with the red and gold.

We will keep you posted on the lastest Abraham news, as he is also scheduled to visit division rival Seattle Seahawks later this weekend.

Topics: John Abraham, San Francisco 49ers

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