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Osi Umenyiora Remains Open to New York Giants Return; Plans to Win DPOY in 2013

March 9th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Dan Benton

'Aaron Rodgers, Osi Umenyiora' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ With free agency only a few short days away, defensive end Osi Umenyiora is preparing himself for the first crack at football freedom he's ever had. Admittedly nervous, Umenyiora told NFL Network on Friday night that he's likely to move on from the New York Giants, but would still be open and receptive to a return … if the price and playing time are right.

"I’d love to return there, that is home. I have spent a third of my life there in New York but there are a lot of things that are going to have to go on, a lot of people they are going to have to take care of. It is going to be a tough situation. This is my first chance at free agency so I have to go see what is out there,” Umenyiora said.

In the event things don't work out with the Giants – and they're not likely to – Umenyiora's sole desire is to land a starting job somewhere. And not just because all great defensive ends want to start, but because he feels he will top the league in 2013. Not only has he guaranteed 20+ sacks and the breaking of Michael Strahan's single-season sack record, but he's now targeting the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

"Anyone who is going to put me in a situation to win Defensive Player of the Year, which is what I am going to do this year," he said.

Umenyiora is a fun guy, but he's not kidding. He legitimately believes he's going to have a career year in 2013, and is extremely motivated to do just that. Whether or not he returns to the Giants, you still have to root for him. Unless, of course, he lands elsewhere in the NFC East.

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5 Responses to “Osi Umenyiora Remains Open to New York Giants Return; Plans to Win DPOY in 2013”

  1.  jfunk says:

    It also would have been nice to see you exhibit this kind of motivation during the many years you spent as the unquestioned starter on the Giants line after they gave you the most guaranteed money in NFL history for a third year player.

    Still, good times. Single handedly ruining Winston Justice’s sense of self-worth and knocking that guaranteed TD out of Aaron Rogers’ hand during the 2011 playoff game are the highlights for me.

    Please sign in the AFC North, where we’re unlikely to face you ever.

  2.  Liberal Giant says:

    Perfect candidate for the Oakland Raiders

  3.  giantnation says:

    Yes a few years ago Osi gave us a few good years ,but the last two years he has been one of the lowest rated DE’s in the entire league because he is a DOG. !!!
    He has a bad attitude and most of his sacks and tackles came in the last few minutes of a game, we call that wash up numbers… He sucks, cant tackle..
    If he really thinks he could be DPOY.. doesn’t that mean he was dogging it all year? if the G men resign him I will be pissed. He should go to buffalo or Jacksonville ….Osi – you suck… that is your legacy for the NYG.

  4.  G-MenFan says:

    I don’t think he’ll be getting the contract he’s anticipating. Osi had a great run as a Giant and it’s time to move on. I wish him all the luck in the world, but I can’t see anyone backing a Brink’s truck into his driveway for his services.

  5.  GmenMania says:

    UUT

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