Abraham not a lock to be in NY

The John Abraham story took an unexpected turn.<p>

When the Jets made the standout defensive end their franchise player this off-season, it was thought to be a given that he would sign a one-year deal for $6.6 million, the average salary of the top five players at his position.

Not so fast.

Abraham has decided not to sign the deal, and will spend the next few months attempting to get a lucrative contract from another club. If he's able to do that, the Jets can either match that offer, or receive two first round picks from the club that signs Abraham.

Abraham's agent Tony Agnone gave the Jets a contract proposal last Friday, but the team turned it down, prompting the player's decision to test the market.

According to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, if a franchise player doesn't sign his deal by March 15, he then has to wait until July 15 to sign the contract. That is if he signs it at all. He can always hold out.

So for the next few months, Agnone will attempt to get Abraham a long-term deal elsewhere. One potential suitor is Dallas. Cowboys coach Bill Parcells is a big fan of Abraham, and was instrumental in the Jets drafting him in 2000. Since the Cowboys currently have two first round picks, they could be a candidate to sign Abraham.

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