For nine years, defensive end Osi Umenyiora was one of the best and most popular New York Giants players to come along in some time. According to a report by the Star-Ledger’s Conor Orr, the 32-year-old pass rusher could return to his former team if his current team, the Atlanta Falcons, release him.
— Conor Orr (@ConorTOrr) March 8, 2014
In his lone season for the Falcons thus far, Umenyiora appeared in all 16 games and started 13. He finished with 7.5 sacks, 47 tackles, three forced fumbles and one interception which he returned for a 68-yard touchdown.
Atlanta recently asked Umenyiora to take a paycut from the $3.5 million he is scheduled to make in 2014. Nothing has come of it yet.
“Umenyiora was described by one rival executive as the missing piece in the Giants lackluster pass rush this season. Despite the team’s push to get younger and quicker along their defensive front, Umenyiora could be a great value option for a defensive line that could see some major changes.”
Upon his departure from the Giants last spring, Umenyiora ranked fourth in franchise history with 75 sacks behind Hall of Famers Michael Strahan and Lawrence Taylor, and legendary defensive lineman Leonard Marshall. He is first in Giants history, per Pro Football Reference, with 32 forced fumbles.