Falcons, Abraham agree on new deal

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with John Abraham, the team’s top pass rusher and a key part of the defense last season.

He led the team with 9 1/2 sacks and has 58 1/2 in six seasons with Atlanta, a total that ties him with Chuck Smith for second place in team history. The 31-year-old defensive end also had four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery last season. He had 13 sacks in 2010.

Last week, the Falcons re-signed free safety Thomas DeCoud and backup defensive end Kroy Biermann. Atlanta used its franchise tag on cornerback Brent Grimes. Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton also is a free agent.

Abraham’s agent, Rich Rosa, did not immediately return a phone call.