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John Abraham's new lease on life

Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson is tackled

Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson is tackled by Arizona Cardinals defensive end John Abraham during the first half. (Sept. 15, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Former Falcons and Jets defensive end John Abraham was hoping for a big payday on the free agent market, but the 35-year-old pass rusher didn’t find a suitor until just before the start of training camp. He agreed to a two-year, $4.6 million deal that paid him $2.1 million this season – a relative pittance one of the NFL’s most productive players over the last decade.

But Abraham has turned out to be more productive than many around the NFL had expected, and his play has made the Cardinals’ modest investment well worth it. Abraham has helped the Cardinals to a 6-4 record and a share of second place in the NFC West with seven sacks and three forced fumbles in his last four games. He’s looking for his fifth game in a row with at least one sack.

Abraham leads all active players with 129 career sacks and 47 forced fumbles.

Tags: John Abraham , Cardinals , Falcons , Jets

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