From the onset, it appeared the most ideal situation for free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora (New York Giants) would be to sign with his hometown team, the Atlanta Falcons. And Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that's exactly what's going to happen, with a signed contract expected to get done no later than the end of business on Monday.
“Atlanta is the place,” a source told PFT.
The move will signal the official end to Umenyiora's decade as a member of the Giants, where he debuted in 2003 as a second-round pick.
In recent years, the relationship between the Giants and Umenyiora had deteriorated due to a contract dispute. And although neither side ruled out a possible reunion, it was extremely unlikely the two sides would find themselves in a situation where they needed each other again.
There had been reports that Umenyiora was seeking more than market value, so either he came down off of his demands or the Falcons decided to pony up a minimum of $5 million annually. Either way, they appeared dead-set on signing him by the end of the weekend in an effort to replace John Abraham.
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