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Cardinals, Abraham agree to two-year deal

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John Abraham, the NFL's active leader in quarterback sacks, signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

Abraham was released by the Falcons one year after signing a three-year, $16.72 million contract and drew interest from several teams, including the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans, as a free agent.

He turned 35 in May, but with 122 career sacks and experience in multiple defensive schemes, Abraham believes he still brings value as a pass rusher.

The Cardinals use a 3-4 scheme. Abraham played outside linebacker in the Jets' 3-4 defense and right defensive end in the 4-3 for the Falcons.

Arizona has traveled this route in the past, trying to squeeze a year or two of production out of past-their-prime veteran pass rushers such as Bertrand Berry and Joey Porter.

The Cardinals had 38 sacks last season, but Darryl Washington, the team's leader with nine sacks in 2012, is suspended for the first four games and Quentin Groves, who had 4.0 sacks, left in free agency to sign with the Cleveland Browns.
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