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Osi Umenyiora agrees to 2-year deal with Falcons

3/27/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms on a two-year deal with free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora on Wednesday.
 
Although financial terms of the deal were not released by the team, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting that it is worth$8.5 million, with $5 million guaranteed. The maximum value of the deal is reportedly $12 million.
 
Negotiations took some time, but the move was expected since Osi Umenyiora had his hopes up after officially visiting the Atlanta Falcons over a week ago.
 
"There was nothing better than to be able to win (in New York).The only thing I can think of that would be better than being able to win in New York would be to be able to win here in Atlanta,” Osi Umenyiora said last week. “We'll see how that plays out. Hopefully, it works out in a positive direction."
 
Coming off a seven-year contract, that included an extension in 2005 with the New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora hit the open market for the first time in his NFL career this offseason. As one of the top free agents left, Osi Umenyiora had to come to terms with the down market for pass-rushing defensive ends this offseason. However, things seemed to work out for Osi Umenyiora who’s been highly impressed with the talent pool the Atlanta Falcons have assembled.
 
“From afar, I’ve never seen a team that has this much talent, especially offensively with the weapons that they have out wide and a great quarterback,” said Osi Umenyiora last week, “and they added Steven Jackson, one of the best running backs in football. The sky is the limit.”
 
“Defensively, they are very good. . . .they have all of the makings of a very good football team. They just need a couple of key pieces here and there and they’ll be OK.”
 
The two-time Pro Bowl selection as well as XLII and XLVI Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants is expected to replace defensive end John Abraham, who was replaced by the Atlanta Falcons in a salary cap move this offseason. John Abraham led the Atlanta Falcons with 10 sacks in 2012, while Osi Umenyiora finished with just six sacks despite playing all 16 games (with five starts) for the New York Giants last season. Over the past two seasons with the New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora had been losing time at his starting right defensive end spot to Jason Pierre-Paul.
 
However, Osi Umenyiora is still expected to reinforce the Atlanta Falcons’ mediocre pass rush. Moreover, considering the Atlanta Falcons previously only had three defensive ends under contract – including two who have never started an NFL game – Osi Umenyiora will add a much needed veteran presence to the unit.
 
The Atlanta Falcons will likely still add help at defensive end through the draft.
 
A former second round pick by the New York Giants in the 2003 NFL draft, Osi Umenyiora has been vital to the Giants’ pass rush, especially in efforts to winning the Super Bowl after 2007. The 6-foot-3 Troy product Osi umenyiora has 376 tackles, 75 sacks (10th leading among active players) and 32 forced fumbles 129 career games over 10 seasons with the New York Giants.
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