Osi Umenyiora ran himself out of favor with the New York Giants after a rough 2012 season, but it appears that the Atlanta Falcons will have no problem bringing him into the fold to address their pass-rushing needs.
UPDATE: Wednesday, March 27 at 8:55 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
ESPN's Adam Schefter chimed in with the financial details of the deal:
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UPDATE: Monday, March 25 at 2:01 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Atlanta Journal Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter has the latest on Osi Umenyiora and the Atlanta Falcons:
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NBC Sports' Mike Florio first reported that Umenyiora is expected to join the Falcons in the near future:
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Umenyiora is expected to join the Falcons on Sunday or, at the latest, on Monday.
“Atlanta is the place,” the source said.
Hopefully this will revitalize his career, as he is wearing a different jersey for the first time after 10 years with the Giants.
New York allowed the two-time Pro Bowler and 2005 first-team All-Pro's contract to void after the Super Bowl, making him an unrestricted free agent, since he didn't have a new deal and was still on the roster (via Jenny Ventras of the Newark Star-Ledger).
Umenyiora was a second-round draft pick for New York in 2003, and he immediately made his presence felt along the defensive line for head coach Tom Coughlin. Playing in 29 regular-season games his first two seasons, Osi established himself as a fierce pass-rusher—especially in his third season.
He finished with 14.5 sacks that year, a number that's still the highest of his career. Despite not equaling that number since, he has totaled 75 sacks over the course of his career and can still be a productive player for a team looking for pass-rushing help.
The Giants and Umenyiora were both receptive to a reunion, even after they voided the last year of his contract.
Now in Atlanta, Umenyiora will look to take advantage of his place in a 3-4 scheme and get back to the form he displayed during the early portion of his career.