New York Jets: Should they sign Umenyiora

By Raymond Mencke
Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Osi Umenyiora is coming up on free agency after spending the last 10 seasons with the New York Giants.  He would like to return to the Giants but he probably won’t start with Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul returning.  The New York Jets need a pass rusher so should they look into signing him?

Umenyiora made some news today saying how he would be open to playing for the Jets since Rex Ryan worked him out in college and they have a good relationship.  He would make sense from a pass rushing stand point since he’s racked up 75 sacks in his 10-year career.

The issue would be that he doesn’t seem to fit the Jets defense.  The Giants play a 4-3 defense whereas the Jets employ a 3-4.  Is it possible he could play an outside linebacker spot for the Jets?  This would be ideal because the Jets are not expected to bring back Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace could be released to save money on the salary cap.  Thomas hardly ever rushed the passer and was used more in coverage and setting the edge on running plays which he was very good at.  Umenyiora has never been considered a good player against the run.

Pace is one year older than Umenyiora and his production has gone down every year since 2009.  Pace is supposed to be one of the best pass rushers on the Jets but only has 13 sacks the last three seasons after having 15 his first two seasons with the team.  I think most Jet fans would favor Umenyiora as a starter on the Jets defense next year.

We all know this is not likely to happen though because of the salary cap situation the Jets are currently in.  They are well over the cap at this time and Umenyiora is looking for a big deal at this time.  Unless his salary demands come down there doesn’t seem to be a way for him to end up in green next season.

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