"John has been a tremendous player for us," said Jets GM Terry Bradway. "He'll be a big part of our defense next year."
In 2004, Abraham was selected to his third Pro Bowl, also having earned nominations in both 2001 and 2002. He has forced 12 fumbles throughout his career, to go along with four fumble recoveries and six passes defensed.
The franchise tag gives Abraham the option to play for the Jets in 2005 for an average salary of the top five highest-paid players at his position. That figure is derived from the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which calls for a franchise player to be guaranteed a one-year offer equal to the average of the top five defensive ends' salaries in the NFL for the previous season (2004 in this case). Under terms of the CBA, Abraham may negotiate with any other team in the NFL, but the Jets would retain the ability to match a contract offer. If Abraham is offered a contract that the Jets do not elect to match, the Jets would receive two first round draft choices in the NFL draft in return.