Tampa Bay released Abraham on March 14 after trying to trade him before he was due a $500,000 roster bonus on Mar. 15. Abraham didn't draw much interest from teams since he only had one year remaining on his contract with the Pewter Pirates. The Bucs freed up $3.1 million by releasing Abraham.
Abraham entered the National Football League with the Buccaneers as a 1996 third-round draft selection out of East Tennessee State. During his six seasons in Tampa Bay, Abraham recorded an all-time franchise record 31 interceptions. He also made the Pro Bowl in 2000.
Abraham will be reunited with former Tampa Bay defensive back/assistant coach Herm Edwards, who coached Abraham for four seasons. Edwards received and accepted an offer to become New York's head coach at the end of the 2000 season and took the Jets to the playoffs in his first year as head coach.
Abraham lost his starting job to CB Brian Kelly in the early part of last season, but he saw plenty of action as the team's nickel back and recorded six interceptions.
Ronde Barber and Kelly will remain the starting cornerbacks this season while second-year CB Dwight Smith appears to be the leading candidate to replace Abraham as the team's nickel cornerback.
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