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  Jets | No official visit for Osi Umenyiora    Thu Mar 19, 02:33 PM

Free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Falcons) didn't have an official visit with the New York Jets Wednesday, March 18, according to general manager Mike Maccagnan. Umenyiora was only visiting to say hi to new head coach Todd Bowles.

Footballguys view: Jets fans were hoping for a little schadenfreude if they stole a Giants player, even one who the team didn't keep last off-season. Alas, that seems as if it won't happen this time.

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  Jets | Osi Umenyiora visits    Wed Mar 18, 07:50 PM

Free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Falcons) made a visit to the New York Jets Wednesday, March 18.

Footballguys view: Umenyiora is no longer the player he used to be, and his last double-digit sack season was 2010. He's played the last two years for the Falcons, and Umenyiora only had 2.5 sacks in 2014. If the Jets add him, Umenyiora would likely only be a part-time pass-rusher.

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora set to be free agent    Mon Feb 16, 07:42 PM

Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora is set to become an unrestricted free agent this March.

Footballguys view: Umenyiora's 2.5 sacks were the lowest of his career since his rookie season (2003) when he finished with a single sack. He's no longer the player he used to be, but there might be a few teams interested in adding Umenyiora as a part-time pass-rusher. We could even see him return to the New York Giants.

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora adjusting to 3-4 base    Tue Jul 29, 10:10 PM

Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora has shown a lot of speed during pass-rush during training camp, according to ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure, and has dropped back in pass coverage on occasion.

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora to pass rush    Thu Jun 12, 09:12 AM

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said DE Osi Umenyiora will be the designated pass-rusher in their defense. Umenyiora has dropped 10 pounds to 250 pounds for this season. 'I hope (his regular-season reps) are a lot. That means they're throwing a lot and that means we're in the lead,' Smith said. 'In a 60-play game, you're looking somewhere in between 25 to 35 (snaps.) He'll be fresh. I think it will be a very good thing. And I think at the end of last season, when we put him in as a defensive pass-rusher and that's all he was doing and his number of snaps went down, I thought he was much more productive.'

Footballguys view: We only expect him to play between 20-35 snaps a game, so his role is definitely limited. That said, he could be more effective for it. Certainly the Falcons need help with pass rush duties and Umenyiora should be able to succeed as a situational pass rusher.

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  Falcons | Two players to come back with same deals    Sun Mar 23, 02:22 AM

Atlanta Falcons DEs Osi Umenyiora and Kroy Biermann will be back with the team in 2014 without having to restructure their contracts. The team originally wanted Umenyiora to take a pay cut but backed off when they saw how he was mentoring younger players.

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  Giants | Could be interested in Osi Umenyiora if cut    Fri Mar 7, 08:12 PM

The New York Giants could have interest in Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora if he is released by the Falcons this offseason. Umenyiora would consider returning to the Giants if he becomes a free agent.

Footballguys view: It makes a lot of sense for the Giants if the price is right. Umenyiora racked up 7.5 sacks with the Falcons in 2013, but the team may ask him to take a pay cut. He has a $4.7 million cap number in 2014, with only $1.25 million in dead money.

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  Falcons | Want Osi Umenyiora to take pay cut    Thu Mar 6, 01:31 PM

The Atlanta Falcons want DE Osi Umenyiora to take a pay cut. Umenyiora is scheduled to make $3.5 million in 2014.

Footballguys view: The Falcons have a lot of issues and Umenyiora had a less-than-outstanding year. It makes sense for them to ask but will they cut him if he doesn't is the question.

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora likely to return    Thu Feb 20, 01:12 PM

Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora is likely to return to the team for the 2014 season, despite his $4.5 million salary for the upcoming year. Falcons head coach Mike Smith lauded Umenyiora's work on an off the field, saying he did an 'outstanding job' as a player and mentor. Smith added that while he 'never would say never,' he looks forward to continuing to work with the veteran pass rusher.

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora wants to stay    Tue Feb 11, 12:15 PM

Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora wants to remain with the team next season. 'I would love to stay, and I think I am,' Umenyiora said. 'But you really never know what's going to happen.'

Footballguys view: Umenyiora led the Falcons in sacks (7.5) last year, and he's counts $4.7 million against the cap in 2014. There's also a roster bonus of $1 million to be paid in mid-March. Umenyiora did not say whether or not he would accept a pay cut. Releasing him would save $3.5 million against the cap.

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  Falcons | Several could be cap casualties    Fri Jan 17, 10:59 PM

The Atlanta Falcons could consider releasing CB Asante Samuel, FS Thomas DeCoud, RB Steven Jackson, LB Stephen Nicholas and DE Osi Umenyiora this offseason to create some salary cap space.

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora in reserve role?    Tue Dec 17, 09:00 PM

Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora played just 27 snaps in a reserve role in Week 15 against the Washington Redskins, working as a designated pass rusher. DE Jonathan Massaquoi started in Umenyiora's usual spot. Head coach Mike Smith is trying to keep Umenyiora fresh, and after a meeting with head coach Mike Smith, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan indicated Tuesday, Dec. 17, that the veteran was content with the move. 'I thought he did an outstanding job in the game when he did go in,' Nolan said. 'He was fresher. He was better prepared for the third down because of that. You know, when you play every down, it can wear on you.'

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  Falcons | Two defenders fined $15,750    Sat Nov 2, 11:54 AM

Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora and SS William Moore were fined $15,750 for roughing the passer penalties they received in the team's Week 8 game.

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  Falcons | Injury report for Week 9    Fri Nov 1, 02:43 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Akeem Dent (ankle), C Joe Hawley (elbow), DT Peria Jerry (toe), OG Garrett Reynolds (knee), and RB Jason Snelling (ankle) all fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 1, and are probable. OT Sam Baker (knee), S William Moore (hip) and DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) all were limited in practice and are questionable. LB Stephen Nicholas (thigh) did not practice and has been ruled out.

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  Falcons | Thursday practice report for Week 9    Thu Oct 31, 06:01 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Stephen Nicholas (thigh) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 31. OT Sam Baker (knee), C Joe Hawley (elbow), DT Peria Jerry (toe), S William Moore (hip), RB Jason Snelling (ankle) and DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) were limited. LB Akeem Dent (ankle) and OG Garrett Reynolds (knee) practiced in full.

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  Falcons | Wednesday practice report    Wed Oct 30, 04:19 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Jason Snelling (ankle), WR Roddy White (ankle, hamstring) and LB Stephen Nicholas (thigh) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 30. C Joe Hawley (elbow), OG Garrett Reynolds (knee), OT Sam Baker (knee), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee), DT Peria Jerry (toe), LB Akeem Dent (ankle) and SS William Moore (hip) were limited during practice.

Footballguys view: White is the player everyone is waiting on here. There's no update on his health status, and he's a risky play even when he first comes back. Don't feel confident starting White (even as a desperation play) until we see him practice in back-to-back days as a full participant.

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora seeing time at LB    Sun Jul 28, 11:45 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have used DE Osi Umenyiora as a standup linebacker at times since training camp began. Umenyiora said he does not know if he will line up at the position during a regular season game but wants to work on it in case he needs to play the position.

Footballguys view: Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is known for mixing up fronts and looks on defense, but Umenyiora might not be the best player to experiment with in that way. The Falcons must have Umenyiora healthy and generating pressure if they are going to repeat as NFC South champs.

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora emerges as mentor    Sun Jun 23, 09:10 PM

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said he immediately noticed the work ethic of DL Osi Umenyiora. He felt Umenyiora has quickly become a leader with the team because of his experience and hard work. 'It's my job to help them,' Umenyiora said. 'I don't have too much longer. It's unlikely I'll play another 10 years. All I can do is give them all the knowledge that I have now and try to make them better. They're my younger brothers.'

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  Falcons | Coaches impressed with Osi Umenyiora    Mon Jun 3, 12:54 PM

The Atlanta Falcons coaching staff has been impressed with DE Osi Umenyiora during organized team activities. 'His leadership ability has shown up quite a bit with our young players, which has been outstanding and great,' defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said. 'He's an early bird kind of guy so he's in here working with some of our younger guys and even a couple of older guys have gravitated toward that and they're all working together.'

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora fitting in    Sun Jun 2, 11:11 PM

Atlanta Falcons DL Osi Umenyiora is fitting in well with his new team, and his teammates have had nice things to say about his personality. 'He has an outgoing personality. You can talk to him about just about anything,' DT Jonathan Babineaux said. 'As each day goes by, I think he's getting more and more comfortable.' Umenyiora has been lining up on both sides of the line for the Falcons during organized team activities (OTAs).

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora could receive significant playing time    Thu May 9, 03:00 PM

Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora could receive around 85 percent of the snaps at right defensive end this season, which is more than he has played over the last few seasons.

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  NFL | Dwight Freeney looking to cash in    Fri Mar 29, 09:24 AM

Free-agent DE Dwight Freeney (Colts) is reportedly looking for more money than the contract Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora signed. Umenyiora's deal is worth $8.5 million over the next two seasons. Freeney is willing to wait out the market in hopes of getting the type of deal he is looking for.

Footballguys view: Freeney is older and more one-dimensional than Umenyiora. He won't get what he is looking for.

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora says decreased playing time helped him    Thu Mar 28, 02:39 PM

Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora said decreased playing time with the New York Giants helped him in this situation with the Falcons. 'It was setting up for this situation here, a situation where I feel like I can really help this team,' Umenyiora said. 'I have a lot less wear and tear on my body over the last two years than I normally would have if I would have been playing all those (extra) downs. Every disappointment is a blessing and it's definitely a blessing for me and I'm thankful to come over here and help this team win.'

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora agrees to terms    Wed Mar 27, 09:23 PM

Updating a previous report, the Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Giants) on a two-year deal Wednesday, March 27.

Footballguys view: The Falcons were looking for DE help after releasing John Abraham earlier this month. Umenyiora gives them a boost they need at the position and could benefit from a change of scenery. Last year the veteran DE struggled against the run while only generating six sacks on the season.

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  Falcons | Working on deal for Osi Umenyiora    Mon Mar 25, 01:15 PM

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team is having ongoing contract negotiations with free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Giants).

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  Falcons | Expected to sign Osi Umenyiora    Sat Mar 23, 10:11 PM

The Atlanta Falcons are expected to sign free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Giants) in the next day or two.

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora interested in joining team    Sat Mar 23, 02:52 PM

Free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Giants) said his visit with the Atlanta Falcons went very well and is interested in signing with the team.

Footballguys view: The Falcons have a need at the DE position since they cut John Abraham earlier this month.

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  Falcons | Pushing hard to sign Osi Umenyiora    Fri Mar 22, 03:24 PM

The Atlanta Falcons are pushing hard to sign free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Giants) by the end of the weekend.

Footballguys view: The Falcons need to add DE help since they let John Abraham go. Umenyiora hasn't drawn the interest on the open market one might expect. His price tag could be fairly low.

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  Dolphins | Not willing to match Osi Umenyiora's price    Thu Mar 21, 02:00 PM

The Miami Dolphins are not willing to pay what free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Giants) is asking for, which is believed to be more than $5 million.

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora visits    Wed Mar 20, 05:12 PM

The Atlanta Falcons hosted a visit with free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Giants) Wednesday, Mar. 20.

Footballguys view: This is the first known visit for Umenyiora. The market for DEs has been very cold in free agency. Guys like Umenyiora and Dwight Freeney won't receive the size of offers they'd hoped for when free agency began.

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  Dolphins | Weighing option of Osi Umenyiora     Wed Mar 20, 08:42 AM

The Miami Dolphins have spent considerable time studying free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Giants) and even called his representatives to explore the possibility of signing him.

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  Ravens | Could pursue Osi Umenyiora    Tue Mar 19, 02:58 PM

The Baltimore Ravens could show interest in free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Giants) if their other pass-rush targets are too expensive for them.

Footballguys view: The Ravens have to look for cheaper alternatives as their salary cap situation doesn't give them a lot of play money. The market has been very cool for DEs and a guy like Umenyiora hasn't drawn a whole lot of attention.

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  Lions | Interested in Osi Umenyiora    Mon Mar 18, 03:25 PM

The Detroit Lions have shown interest in free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Giants).

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  Dolphins | Interested in Osi Umenyiora    Mon Mar 18, 03:24 PM

The Miami Dolphins have shown interest in free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Giants).

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  Falcons | Believed to be interested in two DEs    Sat Mar 9, 03:42 PM

The Atlanta Falcons are believed to be interested in free-agent DE Dwight Freeney (Colts) and DE Osi Umenyiora (Giants).

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  NFL | Wins not necessarily deal breaker for Osi Umenyiora    Fri Mar 8, 10:20 PM

Free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Giants) plans to test the open market Tuesday, March 12, and he said in a television interview Friday, March 8, that he doesn't necessarily have to sign with a winning team. 'It wouldn't have to be a playoff team,' Umenyiora said. 'It could be anybody pretty much anybody who would need me to help them win, and anybody who I think is going to put me in a situation to win Defensive Player of the Year, which is what I'm going to do this year.'

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  Giants | Osi Umenyiora leaves door open for return    Fri Mar 8, 10:19 PM

Impending free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Giants) said Friday, March 8, there is a chance he returns to the New York Giants, but he lost his job as regular starter in 2011, and he has long indicated he may be looking for a larger role elsewhere.

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  Falcons | Osi Umenyiora could be option    Sat Mar 2, 03:28 PM

New York Giants impending free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora could be interested in signing with the Atlanta Falcons this offseason because he lives in Atlanta.

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  NFL | Dwight Freeney likely to receive big interest     Mon Feb 18, 10:13 AM

The NFL is reportedly buzzing over the Indianapolis Colts' decision not to re-sign impending free-agent LB Dwight Freeney. One general manager who was very interested already in New York Giants impending free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora said Freeney would leapfrog Umenyiora on his free-agent board.

Footballguys view: Freeney should draw interest from teams who think he's still got something left in the tank after two disappointing seasons. We expect the Falcons and Seahawks to show interest in the veteran, and going to a 4-3 defense would be the best fit. Freeney was out of place in 2012 as an OLB in the Colts 3-4 scheme.

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  Giants | Osi Umenyiora close to becoming UFA    Thu Feb 7, 03:02 PM

New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora's contract for the 2013 season will be voided Friday, Feb. 8, which will make him an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

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  Jets | Osi Umenyiora probably would not fit     Fri Feb 1, 02:50 PM

New York Giants impending free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora probably would not be a fit for the New York Jets because he is better suited to be a defensive end in a 4-3 defensive alignment than a defensive end in a 3-4 defensive alignment. The Jets could have interest in him as a situational pass rusher but he may not be interested in that role.

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  Giants | Owner wants Osi Umenyiora back    Fri Feb 1, 01:43 PM

New York Giants owner John Mara said he wants DE Osi Umenyiora to return to the Giants 'in an ideal world' but understands that Umenyiora wants to test the free-agent market.

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  Giants | Osi Umenyiora wants starting job    Thu Jan 31, 07:37 PM

New York Giants impending free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora said he will be looking to sign with a team where he can be a starting defensive end this offseason. He said his decision will not be solely about money.

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  Jets | Could be a fit for Osi Umenyiora    Thu Jan 31, 02:07 PM

New York Giants impending free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora would not rule out the New York Jets as a possible landing spot in free agency this summer. 'Rex Ryan, when I was coming out of college he was with Baltimore at the time and he came down to work me out at Troy, he came to Atlanta, just me and him,' Umenyiora said. 'We had a pretty good time out there so I've always enjoyed him as a coach and as a person. That might be a good fit. Hopefully it will be with the Giants."

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  Giants | Osi Umenyiora wants to stay    Thu Jan 31, 01:52 PM

New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora said he would prefer to finish out his career with the Giants, and there is a chance that could happen. 'There's a chance, absolutely,' Umenyiora told reporters in New Orleans on Thursday. 'Of course (there) is. Hopefully that'll happen. I prefer to finish out my career there. But there's a lot of things in play here. It's not going to be totally my decision. They're going to have some decisions to make also. It's going to be a collective effort. My agent's going to have his say. Hopefully things will work out there. I prefer to stay there.'

Footballguys view: The Giants have shown Umenyiora a lot of deference in the past, but there could easily be a team more willing to pay big bucks for the autumn years of his career.

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  Giants | Osi Umenyiora likely gone    Wed Jan 30, 09:26 AM

New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora is likely to leave as a free agent in the offseason.

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  Giants | Osi Umenyiora hires new representation     Mon Jan 28, 11:40 AM

New York Giants impending free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora has hired new agents, Tom Condon and Ben Dogra, according to NFLPA records.

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  Giants | Owner would love to have Osi Umenyiora back    Thu Jan 24, 03:31 PM

New York Giants owner John Mara said he would love to see soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Osi Umenyiora back with the Giants next season. 'I don't know about that," Mara said when asked if Umenyiora had played his last game. "We'll see what happens. I would love to have him back. He's been a great player for us. He's a great guy. He's been a huge part of our two Super Bowl wins, but there are economic considerations and we'll just have to see what happens. I mean, obviously, we'd love to have him back.'

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  Giants | Osi Umenyiora feels it's time to move on    Wed Jan 2, 10:02 AM

New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora admitted that it is time for him to move on and play for another team in 2013. 'I just feel fortunate to be able to play 10 years in New York in this city and that organization,' Umenyiora said. 'It was a great run, a great ride. I think now is probably time to move on.'

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  Giants | Osi Umeniyora talks about his future    Mon Dec 24, 02:24 PM

New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora thinks it is highly probable he will be playing elsewhere next season, making it likely that the Giants Week 17 game will be his last in New York.

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