Today, it has been reported that John Abraham , who is arguably the best defensive end on the market right now, has a two-day visit with the Tennessee Titans. Multiple reports have the Titans interested in Abraham, which let's face it, why wouldn't they be, but should Abraham be interested in the Titans?
I'm here to tell you that John Abraham will not go to the Titans. No I don't have any inside information, but I do know the two things that drive all football players in today's NFL and the Titans trumph neither.
For a player that has been in the league for 14 years with the kind of production he has had, trust me when I tell you, John Abraham has made his money, which scratches the number one motivation off the list. Money drives almost everything that a player does and that is understandable due to the fact that any sporting career is a short one, so the logic is to make it while you can. What if a player has made the money? Well then the focus shifts to the second and most important thing left, to win a Super Bowl.
Let me ask you, rhetorically of course, where does Abraham have the better chance of winning a Super Bowl? Is it in Tennessee or is it in New England? Realistically, the windows of Brady and Abraham are one in the same aren't they? Both players have spent 14 years in the league. Both players are about 35 years old. It is obvious that the Patriots are gearing up to win in a short window and that, to me, sounds like Abraham's cup of tea.
John Abraham has played six years with the Jets and seven years with the Falcons, which makes him the winner of exactly 0.0 Super Bowls in the last 14 years. This guy's motivation isn't to make more money or at least it shouldn't be. It should be to win a ring and if he's not interested in that, I'm not interested in him.
The Titans have a cap hit of $133,091,990 for 2013 while the Patriots have a cap hit of $122,369,476. Every teams cap number isn't the same and rookies are not factored in yet, but you kind of get the feeling that the Patriots could offer whatever the Titans offer and better. Not to mention that the Titans spent nearly 62% of their cap on offense and only 35% on defense; seems like a little bit of a disparity to me. Want more?
The Tennessee Titans didn't have a single player, on offense or defense, that was voted into the Pro Bowl. As a matter of fact, the only player I can actually name on the defense is Jason McCourty and that's only because he's Devin McCourty's brother. With the bag of suck on the Titans defense, what's the motivation? Ding, ding; there isn't any.
all cap numbers come from overthecap.com