For many, it seems like a foregone conclusion that Osi Umenyiora will not return to the New York Giants in 2013. Even the defensive end has previously stated "now is probably time to move on." But while appearing at an event in New Orleans to promote Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium, the impending unrestricted free agent wouldn't rule out a return to Big Blue, saying there's definitely a chance he could be re-signed.
"There's a chance, absolutely," Umenyiora said. "Of course (there) is. Hopefully that'll happen. I prefer to finish out my career there. But there's a lot of things in play here. It's not going to be totally my decision. They're going to have some decisions to make also. It's going to be a collective effort. My agent's going to have his say. Hopefully things will work out there. I prefer to stay there."
The two-time All-Pro said that returning to New York would be a "collective effort" by he and the Giants, but seemed sincere in it being a possibility. Of course, he also needs to drive his price tag up, so eliminating any possible suitor would be a bad business decision.
Late last week, co-owner John Mara was asked if Umenyiora had played his last game in Giants uniform, and he, too, was far non-committal in his answer.
"I don't know about that," Mara said. "We'll see what happens. I would love to have him back. He's been a great player for us. He's a great guy. He's been a huge part of our two Super Bowl wins, but there are economic considerations and we'll just have to see what happens."
On Sunday, and in preparation for free agency, Umenyiora switched agents, once again hiring Tom Condon and Ben Dogra of CAA.
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