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Atlanta Falcons Making Strong Push to Sign Osi Umenyiora This Weekend

March 22nd, 2013 at 3:50 PM
By Doug Rush

'Aaron Rodgers, Osi Umenyiora' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ 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.

"Falcons making strong push to sign Giants free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora and are trying to wrap up a deal with him before end of the weekend," he tweeted.

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.

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18 Responses to “Atlanta Falcons Making Strong Push to Sign Osi Umenyiora This Weekend”

  1.  LUZZ says:

    I hope Osi pimps them for 10 mil a year, putting ATL in a miserable cap situation. Go Osi, ask for the moon.

    •  Dirt says:

      As the Chief Chief Fan Club member, I couldn’t agree more. I hope he signs a big **** deal somewhere in the NFC.

  2.  Dirt says:

    You guys heard the news on Cruz?

  3.  LUZZ says:

    dirt – you have news or just being a tease?

    •  Dirt says:

      No I got real news:

      He’s a restricted free agent and no one ever signs other teams’ restricted free agents. But all the Giants publicly are willing to pitch in to the Sign Cruz fund.

      It’s been all over, I’m surprised you haven’t heard.

      •  LUZZ says:

        I see you started drinking early this Friday. Cheers.

      •  Samardzija says:

        What is hilarious is that some actually believes players are pitching in. Restructuring isnt taking a paycut, its just relocating cap. Nobody gets paid less and ll its duing is moving the problem further down the road. Hence Eli and his 20 million cap hit this year.

  4.  jfunk says:

    We should sign Urlacher…

  5.  Liberal Giant says:

    I bet he does not last more than a year in Atlanta. One year. Then they will cut him.

    •  Krow says:

      Atlanta is the right team for him though. A solid contender that needs ‘one last piece of the puzzle’ to put them over the top. And a 3rd down pass rushing specialist might be just the ticket.

      •  BillyS says:

        I still think the Dolphins are the best situation for him. They already have Wake and Osi is a natural fit opposite him. Atlanta is going to be crying once they realize Osi can’t defend against the run. With that being said I do hope he gets one last decent contract. I just didn’t want our team to get into worse cap hell because of him. Let him be someone else’s problem (plus I grew tired of hearing him **** about how ‘poor’ he was).

        •  Krow says:

          O$i has made $50 million playing football .. and is engaged to a former Miss Universe. Yeah, he needs to stop crying about bad he’s got it.

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