The Atlanta Falcons got some salary off their books Friday with the release of running back Michael Turner, cornerback Dunta Robinson and defensive end John Abraham.
Almost immediately, my Twitter account started to erupt with the questions about all three of these players and a possible future with the Lions.
The two names from that list that could fit the most within some of the Lions’ immediate needs are Abraham and Robinson.
Robinson, 30, was scheduled to make $8 million in base salary in 2013. He started all 16 games for the Falcons last year with 80 tackles, one interception, eight passes defended and 1.5 sacks.
The nine-year veteran has been a starter dating back to his rookie season in 2004 with the Texans.
He’d be an expensive option for the Lions, who would probably prefer to keep veteran free agent Chris Houston instead. Interestingly, Houston was traded to the Lions in 2010 when the Falcons signed Robinson.
If anything, it doesn’t hurt having another veteran cornerback to flood the market. The more talent available, the lower the asking prices get.
Abraham, 34, was slated to make $4.25 in base salary this upcoming season. He’s closer to the end of his career and would only be a stopgap for the Lions, but the 13-year veteran isn’t showing any signs of his age. He had 10 sacks in 2012 and has a combined 32.5 over the last three seasons.
The Lions will have a need for a veteran edge rusher if Cliff Avril leaves via free agency. The team has already parted ways with veteran Kyle Vanden Bosch.
If anything else, the free agent market just got a little more talented.
Tags: Chris Houston, Cliff Avril
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