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Osi Umenyiora Takes Physical with Atlanta Falcons, Could Deal Be Next?

March 21st, 2013 at 1:31 AM
By Douglas Rush

'Aaron Rodgers, Osi Umenyiora' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: Osi Umenyiora could be calling the New York Giants his former employers really soon. Linsday Rhodes of the NFL Network broke the news that the 31-year-old defensive end had a visit with the Atlanta Falcons and took a physical with them.

"Osi Umenyiora in Atlanta today. Visiting with the Falcons. Taking a physical," she tweeted.

With John Abraham a free agent looking for a new home, it makes a lot of sense that the Falcons would have interest in replacing him with a pass-rusher like Umenyiora. The former Giant had six sacks and two forced fumbles in 2012, playing mostly as a reserve, which is why he's looking for work elsewhere.

Umenyiora has been very public in the past about being unhappy with his contract situation with the team and had threatened to hold out if not resolved.

The Giants restructured Umenyiora's deal in 2012 to boost his salary and allowed him to become a free agent in 2013.

Up until now, the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins had reported to have interest in Umenyiora, but never scheduled a meeting or physical with him unlike the Falcons.

Umenyiora was a second-round pick of the Giants back in the 2003 NFL Draft and has been a part of the two Giants Super Bowl championships in 2007 and 2011.

Stay tuned to Giants 101 to see if the Falcons end up landing the former Giant and bring him to Atlanta.


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

9 Responses to “Osi Umenyiora Takes Physical with Atlanta Falcons, Could Deal Be Next?”

  1.  Krow says:

    It’ll be interesting to see what kind of deal O$i got. He’s been talking for years about striking it rich in the free agent market.

  2.  BlueSince60 says:

    He’s done a lot for this organization, and he’s been a lot of fun to watch and root for. I hope he gets a good deal, and has success in his new home – except when he plays us.

    For us, it gives us the opportunity to play JPP more, which is a good thing.

    This is a win-win for both sides.

    •  Krow says:

      He’s done a lot … and been well paid for it. He’s also cried and b1tched about money for much of his career too. He was often an a$$hole. I’m sad to see him go, but it wasn’t like he didn’t have any baggage.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Osi was never an a$$hole. he complained for 2 years, he was here for 7. His baggage is upsetting fans because he complained to management about his contract and was already making “enough”. Whatever. I judge Osi by the reaction we got from his teammates and coaches. It was always positive. Osi’s value was undone by JPP’s development not because he now sucks.

        •  Krow says:

          Did you miss the ‘Reese is a liar” episode. When he was promised this and promised that. There was a high degree of a$$holishness in that one.

          I value his contribution … and I wish he stayed. But there were times I’d have traded him for a 6-pack of sweat socks.

  3.  giankees says:

    He bitched for 4 years and was drafted in 2003. But I still love him even though he was a distraction.contributed in a huge way to both sb’s

    •  Krow says:

      Oh yeah, no denying that. Seriously, I don’t want to see him go either. But I acknowledge that he was often a real whiny b1tch-a$$ pain in the butt.

  4.  Emperor Norton says:

    I’m going to be sad to see him go, but I am going to smirk a little bit when he takes a two-year deal worth $4 million, after three straight years of him squawking like he should be making $9+ a year.

  5.  BillyS says:

    I’m not sad to see him go at all. He just hasn’t been as effective lately. He’s far too one dimensional. When he can get in the backfield he’s automatic for a sack and fumble, but the problem is that he just disappears in games. He is god awful against the run as well. Players like that don’t deserve tons of money or ever make it as “defensive player of the year”…nor are they capable of breaking Strahan’s sack record.

    He was paid well and forgot that he had a previous contract that was frontloaded. He was paid a lot early on and then whined that he wasn’t making as much as he was in the past. Duh. The guy is dumb as a stump and whined more than any player in recent memory. It’s 1 thing if he was producing double-digit sacks and providing great run defense on a yearly basis, but he wasn’t. I think he views himself as a top 5 DE in the league right now…he’s always been cocky as hell.

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