Report: Atlanta Falcons Could Be Close to Landing Former Giants DE Osi Umenyiora

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IMarch 21, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 30:  Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants waves to the crowd after a 42-7 win against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Osi Umenyiora may have found his new home for 2013.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Atlanta Falcons brought the former Giants defensive end in for a meeting:

That escalated fast RT @lindsay_rhodes Osi Umenyiora in Atlanta today.Visiting with the Falcons.Taking a physical.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2013

From that meeting, Rapoport also confirmed that the Falcons had the 31-year-old take a physical on Wednesday.

Lindsay Rhodes of the NFL Network first broke the news of the former Giants defensive end coming to Atlanta for the meeting with the team and taking the physical:

John Abraham is a free agent for the Falcons and could land elsewhere in 2013, so it's no surprise that the team is interested in trying to land Umenyiora.

Umenyiora has spent his entire 10-year career with the Giants after being drafted by the team back in the second round of the 2003 NFL draft.

Before the meeting with Atlanta, the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions were reported to have interest in Umenyiora as well, but never scheduled a meeting or physical:

Thus far for the Falcons, their biggest priorities were luring tight end Tony Gonzalez away from retirement with a two-year deal and signing former St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson to replace the departed Michael Turner.

After those two were locked up, Umenyiora has become their priority, and it looks like the Giants defensive end may soon call New York his former home.

Umenyiora has 75 career sacks and has won two Super Bowls with the Giants.

In 2012, he had six sacks with two forced fumbles for the Giants.

Stay tuned to see if the Falcons end up closing the deal to bring in the veteran pass-rusher.