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John Abraham stays in Atlanta on three-year agreement

Eli Manning,  John Abraham

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is sacked by Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham (55) during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Falcons have reached a three-year agreement with defensive end John Abraham.

During a short stay on the free agent market, Abraham received interest from the Titans and Broncos.

Abraham has 54.5 sacks over the past five seasons and remains one of the game’s top pass rushers despite his age (34 in May) and declining role. Abraham rarely plays on running downs anymore.

While keeping Abraham is a plus for Atlanta, the Falcons’ defensive end depth chart is shaping up similar to last year’s. Kroy Biermann will also return, and starting left end Ray Edwards is coming back after flopping as a 2011 free agent signing.

The Falcons must keep adding talent to the position.

Abraham was the No. 14 overall player on the PFT Hot 100.