Osi Umenyiora met with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday and took a physical with them. On Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Falcons are looking to wrap up a deal with the 31-year-old before the end of the weekend.
The one problem that needs to be overcome between Atlanta and Umenyiora is the price for his contract. As Dan Benton reported on Giants 101 earlier, Umenyiora is demanding more than market value on a salary, which would be about $5 million.
Umenyiora had this kind of issue with the Giants regarding the deal he had with his old team, citing that Jerry Reese promised him a new deal and felt that the team should give him a new contract, paying him more. The Giants were eventually able to restructure Umenyiora's deal for 2012, which paid him more money and allowed him to become a free agent after the season.
Atlanta was one of a couple teams that had reported interest in Umenyiora; the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions had expressed interest in him, but neither team scheduled a sit down or physical like Atlanta did.
Falcons star receiver Roddy White sent a Twitter message to Umenyiora asking when he would sign with the Falcons, in which the defensive end replied, "We'll see what happens."
If Umenyiora settles for right around the $5 million mark from the Falcons, with the way the negotiations and interest are looking, a deal should be expected this weekend. How soon this weekend will likely depend on Umenyiora's willingness to accept what Atlanta is offering.
Stay tuned to Giants 101 for updates on the potential deal.
- Be sure to like Giants 101 on Facebook, follow Giants 101 on Twitter & +1 Giants 101 on Google+
- Looking for 2013 NFL Draft news? Follow On The Clock 101 on Twitter and like On The Clock 101 on Facebook
- Be sure to “like” Sports Media 101 on Facebook and to follow Sports Media 101 on Twitter