Osi Umenyiora has always been a controversial figure when it comes to the New York Giants. Even when he was a young player, the team was reluctant to give up on him and include him in the trade package that eventually netted them Eli Manning. Umenyiora, throughout his career has been an elite pass rusher, but has struggled in run support. He’s quite skillful at getting the strip sack of opposing quarterbacks, a play that can be a real game changer. In 2010, he forced a whopping 10 fumbles. However, pass rushers expect to be paid, and with the other holes the Giants have to fill, will Osi be in their plans? Before we get to 2013, let’s go back to 2012.
2012 Stats: 43 Tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles
2012 Game Of The Year: His performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers was vintage Osi. Seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. It was by far his best performance.
Where 2012 Went Wrong: There weren’t enough of those kind of performances though in 2012 for Osi. Even though he played in all 16 games, seven more than 2011, he recorded three fewer sacks. His contract situation was always an issue, and even though the team restructured it during training camp, I’m sure it was on his mind throughout the season
2013 Outlook: Osi is a free agent, and quite frankly, I don’t see him coming back. I think he’s going to command to higher a figure than the Giants can afford. Osi was a core member of a pass rush that got the franchise two Super Bowls, however, he is a bit of a liability against the run. Look for Osi to be on another squad come training camp 2013.