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Contract of Osi Umenyiora Voided; Defensive End Becomes an UFA on March 12th

February 7th, 2013 at 2:15 PM
By Dan Benton

'Aaron Rodgers, Osi Umenyiora' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: Defensive end Osi Umenyiora will not be free to sign with a new team until the league year begins on March 12th, but as of 4:01 PM EST today, his contract with the New York Giants will be voided and he will become an unrestricted free agent.

As Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger reports, although just a technicality, Umenyiora's contract was previously set to void the fifth day after Super Bowl XLVII (i.e. today). He is still free to workout a deal and re-sign with the Giants at any time leading up to free agency, which he recently said is a definite possibility, but the reality of that happening is extremely unlikely.

Umenyiora had a player option for 2013, but at only a base salary of $1 million, he can easily find a better deal on the free agent market. There was never any question that the veteran wouldn't pick it up, so unrestricted free agency was inevitable.

He now joins running back Ahmad Bradshaw, linebacker Michael Boley and defensive tackle Chris Canty in the "former Giants" group.

Originally drafted in the second-round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Umenyiora has spent his entire nine-year career with the Giants. In 129 games, Osi has collected 261 tackles, 75 sacks, forced 32 fumbles, defended 13 passes and set numerous NFL and franchise records. He was also a two-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion.

From all of us here at Giants 101, we say: Thank you, Chief Osi!

Update: Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that although Osi's contract was voided (see: triggered), he will not officially become an unrestricted free agent until March 12th. In other words he's without a team, technically an UFA, but not actually an UFA until March 12th. Or something like that.


Tags: Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Osi Umenyiora

40 Responses to “Contract of Osi Umenyiora Voided; Defensive End Becomes an UFA on March 12th”

  1.  Levito says:

    My favorite Osi game was the 6 sack performance of McNabb back in 2007. Thanks Winston Justice.

  2.  The Original G Man says:

    A number of men who were great warriors for our team were let go this week. Good luck, gentlemen.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      It kinda stinks to watch this happen, even though they are the right business decisions. These four players have meant A LOT fo this organization. AB and Osi in particular.

  3.  demo3356 says:

    I’m actually really excited to see the team get younger and hungrier this off season. I’m the biggest homer and “O” on this site, but what I saw last year was a bunch of well paid vets that have 2 Lombardi’s, have become stars, have endorsements and big money contracts and got their collective asses whipped by a bunch of younger, hungrier, less talented teams that simply wanted it more. We heard them talk about how they have been there before and how they could do it again. Now after 3 well liked, high paid, respected vets got bounced out the door, with 2-3 more sure to follow, this team will have a bunch of younger hungrier guys on the roster and the remaining vets will have a fire lit under their candy asses.
    On another note, rumor has it that David Diehl is washing JR’s car and Corey Webster in Caddying for him at a Florida Golf course. Unfortunately for them, Diehl is whiffing on and missing many spots on JR’s vehicle while JR is growing frustrated with having to wait on CWebb to catch up to him, yelling at him for constantly being 5 yards behind him in a trail position

  4.  demo3356 says:

    Love Osi and will miss him. Hope he gets paid and has a great end of his career, just in the AFC…

  5.  F0XLIN says:

    Kind of creepy, the same thing going on with the Giants I am watching unfold at work right now. Guys getting called in the office and walked out

  6.  demo3356 says:

    2013 off season..
    Losses- Osi, Boley, Bradshaw and Canty
    signings- Bear Pascoe
    Well on the bright side folks, things can only get better from here…

  7.  wrdag says:

    If there is any truth to the Rolle rumors it may be that JR is following the obviuos trend in the NFL, which is OFFENSE RULES and guys like Nicks n Cruz are much more important than anyone on defense. The Super Bowl is another fine example, the stats were the Ravens winning the game despite giving up nearly 500 yards. The 49ers were not much better, throw out a blowout game versus the QB free Cards late in the season and the vaunted 49er defense gave up nearly 34 points a game in their last 5-6 games including the playoffs. They were eaten alive by Julio Jones n Jacoby/Boldin and yet despite that they were only a few better calls on the goaline from being world champs. Why? because they were at times unstoppable with the offense. This is the same blue-print that the Pats have been using for the last 5 years. If you want a real left tackle in Beatty with a brand new legite FA RT tackle plus Cruz,Nicks and perhaps Bennnet where do you think the $ will come from…the other side of the ball. Whats the point of paying all that dough for guys who were terrible last year and a bad coordinator. We can get rookies and cheap free agents to play nearly the same standard. Then look around the league and show me a team that is getting their money’s worth from high priced defensive talent.

    •  jfunk says:

      It’s also a reason to play a TO heavy defensive scheme.

      If you can’t stop them on downs…

    •  fanfor55years says:

      This is, in part, what I mused about some time ago. The way the league is slanting the rules it’s nearly impossible to consistently play good defense anyway.

      You cannot hit the quarterback without risking a flag at the whim of the zebras. You cannot really defend a top receiver (one great athlete against another but one knows where he’s going and the other doesn’t, so who is going to win most of those battles?). Because an offense can “win” battles thanks to the handcuffs on defensive backs they can frequently send just three men out, leaving seven to block your defensive line and any blitzers. Doesn’t matter HOW good your passrushers are, they won’t get to the QB that frequently unless someone blocking them makes an egregious mistake. And because the passing offenses have been given such a huge advantage teams start going to fast linebackers and nickel and dime defenses. That weakens them against the run and makes the linebackers, no matter how good, relatively ineffective, especially against a pistol, read-option, offense.

      The defenses start out with two strikes against them. BUT, I still cannot believe Rolle would be cut because the only things you can do to be effective on defense now is to have serious run stoppers at DT who can also pressure the QB by collapsing the pocket, and excellent defensive backs that can outguess QBs and create turnovers when that QB makes a mistake with his eyes or under pressure from whatever rush was mounted. Great safeties are also critical because in what may be evolving into defensive philosophies of bend-don’t-break-pick-off-the-ball as an antidote to the Rules Committee making defenses’ lives impossible, those safeties are the last line of defense in an effort to prevent too many big plays.

      I HATE all this and think younger fans and fantasy football and a desire to emulate David Stern in making “stars” as important as teams are threatening to ruin the greatest sport around, but I think teams have no choice but to assume the environment is changing, and adapt to it.

    •  JimStoll says:

      maybe what they are thinking is that since TC is the HC and TC won’t fire PF and PF is a lousy DC why not cut all vet DP’s for rooks

      •  wrdag says:

        I agree…and once again the GM and Head Coach seem to be on a different page. Not the first time either over the years.

  8.  fanfor55years says:

    Love Osi. A tremendous force who really won a number of big games for us with his play. And a bright, decent, articulate, guy. Good luck to him.

    Just, please, do not become a member of the Eagles, the Cowboys or the Redskins.

  9.  GOAT56 says:


    I completely disagree. While the rules make it harder to play good defense it makes players that are good that much more important. Jones is who killed SF and he was a cheap free agent any team could have picked up. The reason SF lost was their DBs were burned far too often not only versus Bmore but the hole playoffs. If you have worse players our there it’s going to be worse. So the league changing it ways might make certain players like Steve Awater or even Ty Law less effective noways because of the lack of contact allowed. But you still need good defenders to slow down offenses.

    It’s like when baseball has the homer heavy period when tons of runs were scored. In the end pitching still was vital because your pitchers had to be good to even slow down the great hitters. Same applies here.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Of course you need some excellent defensive players, but I think wrdag’s point is that if you create a good enough offense even top defenses are going to struggle to stop them. So he’s going offense-heavy in the draft (help on the O-line) instead of your advocacy of defense-heavy. It’s a very legitimate question as to whether loading up on one side of the ball or the other is the best idea.

      That would never prevent a GM from grabbing a potentially great player on the other side of the ball, but it probably does figure into close calls in the draft rooms.

      No matter how you go about things today’s NFL requires a really top defensive backfield. That was the Niners’ downfall. They didn’t have that, and they STILL probably should have won that game. A few bad plays combined with bad game coaching was what cost them. Baltimore’s defense certainly didn’t “stop” them. Even on that final series, SF marched down the field, and only horrendous play-calling by Harbaugh prevented them from winning. A roll-out when you have a great open field runner from the pocket? Followed by a fade pattern that your QB isn’t very good at throwing? I hope the Whiners’ fans realize that their coach cost them the game. I’m glad he did since I was rooting for the Ravens, but that was an atrocious exhibition of coaching, not good defense. None of the latter was much in evidence in that game.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I think there’s no exact formula for winning because teams like NO and Indy did win SBs but I think the best formula is a balanced roster. That’s what JR has always provided. Maybe an area or two at times have been deficient depth wise but every year the past 5 years I have felt we had a good chance to be a top 10 offense and defense. That hasn’t always been the case, especially defensively but I think that’s the goal. Bmore and SF both have teams built like that as well. If we designed our team like that purposely then it puts a lot of pressure on Eli to play “perfect” ball and I don’t think that’s our best chance of winning.

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    I’m a big Osi fan. I like him as a player and as a person. The only error he really made was trying to play chicken with JR. I’m sure his agent gave him the idea but they just didn’t realize who they were dealing with in JR.

    I think Osi might be a better natural fit as a 3-4 OLB. Also the wide 9 system would seem to fit him well.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Really? You think he is a better fit as a 3/4 OLB than as a 4/3 DE? Really?

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Yes, assuming they design his OLB position like a Ware when he’s mostly rushing the passer. I think the angle he can rush the passer from in that scheme will take more advantage of his speed and burst off the ball.

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