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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