It seems that the New York Jets have traded John Abraham to the Denver Broncos in exchange for the 29th overall selection in the draft. How this scenario works out for both teams will be examined, along with the trade itself.
For the Jets: The Jets rid themselves of a headache that they have been dealing with for the past two seasons. John Abraham has either been hurt, asking for a new contract, or driving into fire hydrants the past few years. With the Jets shipping John out of New York, the team already has a boost in team chemistry. Gaining a first round pick out of the deal is just a bonus.
For the Broncos: This is a team that accumulated ten sacks from it’s starting front four last year. Abraham, by himself, had 10.5 sacks on an underachieving Jets team. Immediately the Broncos add an impact player to their defensive line. This Broncos defense just took another step up in terms of playmaking ability with the acquisition of Abraham. This was a luxury trade for the Broncos considering the fact that they have another first round pick, No. 22.
Signs that showed this trade’s hand: Yesterday the Broncos got way under the salary cap by cutting Trevor Pryce and Jeb Putzier. Trevor Pryce plays Abraham’s position, and makes about the same amount of money. Interesting. Another interesting fact is the idea that Putzier was nearly a Jet last season. The Jets offered Jeb a contract, but the Broncos had rights to Putzier and opted to match the Jets offer. Maybe we will see Jeb Putzier in green and white afterall.
The official announcement of the trade should be made tomorrow. Until then, this monstrous trade will be discussed at nearly every football message board.
This is AJ’s first article on Blogcritics. If you are interested in viewing the actual video footage of the trade report, visit AJ’s blog at JetsTV.com.