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Giants DE Osi Umenyiora’s contract voided

2/8/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Osi Umenyiora hoped to return with the New York Giants in the 2013 season, but now some technicality his contract make those chances seem even slimmer.  The New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora’s contract was voided on Thursday making him an unrestricted free agent.  Osi Umenyiora still has until the free agency opening on March 12 to hamper out a deal and re-sign with the New York Giants. Otherwise, Osi Umenyiora is will have to wait until free agency to sign with another team since the New York Giants haven’t agreed to release him yet.
 
Meanwhile, the New York Giants have been trying to free salary cap space, which explains why they released key veteran contributors such as running back Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty over the week. The New York Giants also released linebacker Michael Boley, while wide receiver Victor Cruz, who finished the season among the top 10 in the NFC in terms of receptions and yards, will become a restricted free agent after not being re-signed as well.
 
Although Osi Umenyiora played every game this season, he posted just two forced fumbles and six sacks during the 2012 season (the sack numbers have been dwindling over recent years). In comparison, Osi Umenyiora registered 5.5 sacks between 2005 and 2007. Over the past four seasons, Osi Umenyiora has finished with only 10 sacks or less. He remained sidelined throughout the 2008 season with torn cartilage in his left knee.
 
The two-time Super Bowl champion Osi Umenyiora had a player option for 2013, but with only a $1 million base salary, he could expect a bigger deal from a team in free agency that doesn’t already have two solid starting defensive ends. Teams looking struggling to rush the pass and pressure the quarterback could benefit from an edge-rushing defensive end like Osi Umenyiora.
 
Drafted in the second round out of Troy by the New York Giants in 2003, Osi Umenyiora has since played 129 games for the team. The two-time Pro Bowler Osi Umenyiora has 261 tackles, 75 sacks, forced 32 fumbles, while knocking down 13 passes at the line of scrimmage as well as setting several NFL and franchise records.
 
It seems likely now that his time with the Giants has come to an end, although there is still the fleeting possibility that he could remain in New York. Previously, Osi Umenyiora indicated that he would fit in well with the New York Jets.
 
“Rex Ryan, when I was coming out of college, he was with Baltimore at the time. He came down to work me out at Troy, he came to Atlanta, just me and him,” said Osi Umenyiora. “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.”
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