The Atlanta Falcons, the top suitor for the three-time Pro Bowler, refused to part with their first round pick, the 15th overall. They offered a second round selection instead.
Tannenbaum refused the offer, and waited them out.
His patience was a virtue.
On Tuesday evening, the Jets got a first round pick for Abraham. Atlanta traded its first-round choice, the 15th pick to Denver for the Broncos' first-round choice, the 29th overall. The Falcons also picked up a few middle round picks in the 2006 and 2007 drafts.
The Falcons then sent the 29th pick to the Jets in exchange for Abraham.
The Jets now will be picking 4th and 29th in the first round. This will allow them to acquire two likely starters, or give them the ammunition to move up in the draft.