Free agent defensive end John Abraham wanted much more money than the Broncos want to pay him, Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post reports. And while anyone who's watched the Broncos through the years should know to never say never, it's safe to say the Broncos moved on.
Denver instead signed Shaun Phillips to a one-year deal. Phillips is slightly younger - 32 compared to Abraham's 35 - and had similar production in 2012 (9.5 sacks for Phillips, 10 for Abraham).
Abraham — who has expressed his frustrations on Twitter in recent weeks with veiled and not-so-veiled references to retirement — visited the Broncos, the Patriots, the Seahawks and the Titans since he was released by the Falcons.
All four listened to his contract demands as well as his expectations for playing time and Abraham remains unsigned. For their part the Broncos were looking at a player they considered a specialist for the most part, a third-down pass rusher, who they would sign on a one-year deal.
Abraham and his representatives, however, had told at least one team the player hoped to be on the field for at least 60 percent of the defensive snaps in the coming season, something he didn't even reach with the Falcons last season.
His best chance, given the team's splurge in free agency, was to sign a deal with the Titans, who he visited earlier this month. But the Titans didn't want to spend what Abraham's asking price was at that point.
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