When the New York Giants decided to let Osi Umenyiora test the NFL free agent market after nine seasons, the rumors started to fly as to where he would be playing in 2013. Now, the Atlanta Falcons have emerged as the favorite to land the two-time Super Bowl champion and two time All-Pro.
Umenyiora has been a mainstay with the Giants, however he has a lot of tread on the tires. In fact, the defensive end recorded just six sacks in 2013 which is his lowest such tally since 2006–Umenyiora had nine sacks in 2011 when he only played in nine games. With his time in New York coming to a close, I think he can still give a team on the cusp an advantage.
I think that Umenyiora needs the Falcons more than the Falcons need Unemyiora. The reason I say that is because the Falcons are a contending team where Umenyiora would still be depended on and have an opportunity to win his third Super Bowl ring. Atlanta needs Umenyiora do not get me wrong, but Elvis Dumervil, Dwight Freeney and Israel Idonije are all viable options that the Falcons could plug in at defensive end.
The one thing that Umenyiora does have is the experience of winning two Super Bowls. It has been well-documented that the Falcons struggle in big games, so this franchise would not be in the wrong if they were to add some veteran prowess in 2013. Especially on the defensive end where Atlanta landmarks Dunta Robinson and John Abraham will be both missing.