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Osi Umenyiora | Defensive Lineman

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/16/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: Troy
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ESPN's Dan Graziano reports free agent Osi Umenyiora is preparing to retire.
Per Graziano, Umenyiora and the G-Men are discussing a "ceremonial one-day contract so he can retire a Giant." Umenyiora had previously said he had "zero" plans to retire, but he's been greeted by crickets in free agency. Going on 34, Umenyiora could muster just 2.5 sacks in 347 snaps for the Falcons last season. Umenyiora spent 2003-12 with the Giants. Jul 27 - 2:20 PM

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GM Mike Maccagnan said free agent Osi Umenyiora was only saying hello to coach Todd Bowles and wasn't at the Jets' facility for a visit on Wednesday.

Maccagnan said Umenyiora only stuck around for ten minutes. This should dispel any rumors of New York's interest in Umenyiora. The veteran has had a tough time drumming up a free agent market after a lackluster 2014 season. The fading 33-year-old is only a role player at this stage of his career.
Mar 19 - 11:24 AM

Free agent Osi Umenyiora visited with the Jets on Wednesday.

The Jets are Umenyiora's only known visit since the start of free agency. Despite fading badly in 2014 and entering his age-34 season, Umenyiora has no plans to retire. He would give the Jets a situational pass rusher if signed. Umenyiora should only require a one-year deal.
Mar 18 - 7:31 PM

Free agent Osi Umenyiora says he has "zero" plans to retire.

Now 34, Umenyiora faded badly in 2014, registering just 2.5 sacks across 347 snaps for the Falcons' anemic defense. FOX's Mike Garofolo has passed along "chatter" that Umenyiora could return to the Giants, while ESPN's Adam Caplan reports he's considering a "media opportunity" in England. Umenyiora has said he'd like to retire as a member of the G-Men.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 1:40 PM

Osi Umenyiora is only expected to play 25-35 snaps per game this season.

Umenyiora played 46.5 snaps per game last season. He's 32 years old now, but that's not nearly as big of a concern as the Falcons' switch to a 3-4 base. Umenyiora has been a 4-3 defensive end throughout his career and has no experience as an outside linebacker. Still, the Falcons kept him around at a $3.5 million base salary to be their DPR (designated pass rusher), so they're expecting him to get to the quarterback. Umenyiora has slimmed down to 250 pounds as he prepares for the transition.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 08:57:00 AM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure confirms the team "will have more of a 3-4 look" on defense this season.

"Believe that," McClure emphasizes. The Falcons signed a number of 3-4 defensive linemen in free agency, and drafted multiple players who best fit "odd-man fronts." 2013 sack leader Osi Umenyiora is going on age 33 and has no experience as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He's too small to play 3-4 end. McClure suggests Osi will be a "strictly designated pass rusher," or likely a nickel rusher. Ultimately, we don't see Atlanta finishing as a top-half-of-the-league defense. They have some pieces but lack a difference-making pass rusher.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, May 15, 2014 11:27:00 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Falcons will retain Osi Umenyiora for the 2014 season.

There had been reports Umenyiora would either have to restructure or be released, but those reports were unfounded. Umenyiora was productive his first year in Atlanta, notching 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception despite being limited to a situational pass-rusher after the Falcons fell out of contention. He will likely continue that situational role in 2014.
Sat, Mar 22, 2014 01:07:00 PM

The Star-Ledger reports a reunion of Osi Umenyiora and the Giants is a possibility if the veteran pass-rusher is cut by the Falcons.

Umenyiora could be cut if he is unwilling to take the pay cut the Falcons are reportedly after. The Giants are looking to get younger along the defensive front, but Osi would be a relatively inexpensive addition and provide a veteran presence along the line. Umenyiora was productive his first year in Atlanta, notching 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 09:05:00 AM

FOX's Mike Garafolo reports the Falcons want Osi Umenyiora to take a pay cut.

Umenyiora is due a reasonable $3.5 million between salary and bonuses, but will turn 33 in November. He was productive his first year in Atlanta, notching 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception. He played 744 snaps. Umenyiora may be inclined to turn down the Falcons' request and try to hit the open market.
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 01:20:00 PM

Coach Mike Smith hinted Thursday that the Falcons will not be releasing DE Osi Umenyiora.

32-year-old Umenyiora is declining, but he's owed a reasonable $3 million in total 2014 compensation and Atlanta is absolutely desperate for edge rushers. He led the Falcons with 7.5 sacks last season and would be a nice mentor if they select Jadeveon Clowney sixth overall. Pencil in Umenyiora as a 2014 starter for now.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Falcons RE Osi Umenyiora wants to be back with the team in 2014 and believes he will return.

"I would love to stay, and I think I am," Umenyiora said. "But you really never know what's going to happen." Umenyiora led the Falcons with 7.5 sacks last season but is clearly in his decline phase. Atlanta could save $3.5 million against the cap by releasing him. However, the Falcons are in dire need of pass rushers and can't afford to part with their best one at the moment.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 08:39:00 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution expects the Falcons to retain RE Osi Umenyiora for 2014.

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff simply isn't in a position where he can afford to part with semi-productive pass rushers, even if doing so with Osi would save $3.5 million versus the cap. Clearly in decline, 32-year-old Umenyiora managed 7.5 sacks across 16 games in 2013. Pro Football Focus gave him negative grades as a pass rusher, though Umenyiora was largely an asset in run defense.
Fri, Feb 7, 2014 01:55:00 PM

Falcons RE Osi Umenyiora didn't start in last week's win over the Redskins and may play in a reserve role the final two weeks of the season.

The 4-10 Falcons have been trying to get looks at younger players. Umenyiora started the first 13 games of the season, but second-year DE Jonathan Massaquoi got the start Sunday. Umenyiora leads the team with his 7.5 sacks. But on a two-year deal as a 32-year-old, Umenyiora may be one-and-done in Atlanta.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 08:04:00 PM

Falcons RE Osi Umenyiora has been dabbling as a stand-up edge rusher in training camp.

"Never really done that before, but in a situation like this where it’s something that I might have to do, I just have to work," Umenyiora said. "I don’t know if I’m going to do it during an actual game or not, but it’s cool to come out here, get a feel for it and see if I can do it." DC Mike Nolan stood John Abraham up a lot last season, but Osi doesn't possess the same explosion as Abraham.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 11:09:00 AM

Falcons signed DE Osi Umenyiora, formerly of the Giants, to a two-year, $8.5 million contract.

Finally. This deal had been in the works for almost a week now, and contains another $3.5 million via incentives. The Dolphins made Umenyiora a contract offer, but he must've preferred the Falcons' chances of winning. The 31-year-old brings needed juice to Atlanta's pass rush, replacing John Abraham. GM Thomas Dimitroff still needs to be on the lookout for edge rushers. At this point, Umenyiora and Kroy Biermann are the Falcons' starting ends. Osi recorded 43 tackles and six sacks last season, but struggled mightily versus the run.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 08:33:00 PM

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