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Mar2: #Upton brothers unite #Braves maybe #Bnnett brothers unite #Falcons. Michael and Martellus? #Atlanta

#Upton brothers unite #Braves maybe #Bnnett brothers unite #Falcons. Michael and Martellus? #Atlanta
Mar 2nd 2013, 22:55

Daniel Nicks ‏@danieljnicks How will the Atlanta Falcons replace John Abraham?http://www.examiner.com/article/how-will-the-atlanta-falcons-replace-john-abraham … via @examinercom @SportsBlogRT@blogsunite #falcons #riseup Expand   Reply   Retweet   Favorite  Buffer    More ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20: Defensive end John Abraham #55 of the Atlanta Falcons is introduced before the Falcons take on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Credits:    Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images While the release of John Abraham on March 1, 2013 effectively freed up $5.75 million in cap space, the move only strengthened the Atlanta Falcons glaring need for a pass rush. After all, the Falcons ranked 28th in the league for sacks last season with 29 total. A third of which Abraham accounted for, as he notched 10 sacks on the year. So while Abraham's release clearly leaves a gaping hole in Atlanta's defensive line, it should ultimately allow Thomas Dimitroff some much needed breathing room to land talent when the market is set March 12th. With that, two of the more intriguing options the Falcons could potentially pursue is Detroit Lions Cliff Avril and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Michael Bennett. Avril, who finished the 2012 season with 9.5 sacks, has made stated that chances of him remaining with the Lions is 50-50. There are rumors that the 26 year old rejected a three year, $30 million dollar offer from the team last season. "Last year, going into it, I felt like with all the deals made around me, that wasn't significant enough for what they were trying to offer me," Avril said. "I didn't think that was the right deal to take, so I just played the (franchise) tag. Here we are again. Hopefully, we can figure something out and get my worth." Avril...

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