There has been a lot of talk about what to make of the John Abraham saga in New York. Would Abraham go to Seattle or Atlanta? Both teams were in the running for the Pro Bowl defensive end. Abraham was not bashful in his request that Atlanta win the sweepstakes, and after a whirlwind deal, the player's wish was granted.
What made this deal even more interesting is that it took a third team to finalize the transaction. Two-team trades in the NFL are rare, let alone three-team deals, which are more common in the NBA.
In breaking down this deal, we must start at the beginning. The first thing that occurred, apparently, was a deal between Atlanta and Denver. Denver traded its 2006 first-round pick (29th overall), its 2006 third-round pick and a fourth-round pick in 2007 to Atlanta for the Falcons' first-round pick (15th overall) in this year's draft. The Falcons were unwilling to part with their first-round pick without getting more compensation, and the deal with Denver got them something to use later in the draft.
Denver now has the 15th and 22nd (via Washington) picks in April's draft.
The Jets have been willing to part with Abraham since the end of the season, but they were unwilling to listen to any deals that did not include a first-round pick. Atlanta, after acquiring the 29th overall pick in the first round, was able to send that pick to the Jets for Abraham.
So what does this all mean? Let's take a look at each team and see how this deal helped or hindered its outlook as we move toward the 2006 draft.