Although a return to the New York Giants has not been ruled out, the likelihood is that defensive end Osi Umenyiora will need to find a new home once NFL free agency begins in March. And despite a few sub par years to closeout his tenure in the Big Apple, the two-time Pro Bowler is almost certainly going to land on his feet.
In fact, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution is reporting that the Atlanta Falcons have already had internal discussions about Umenyiora, and are expected to pursue both he and fellow free agent defensive end Dwight Freeney.
Although the interest is there, the Falcons will undoubtedly be very careful in any potential contract negotiations. After a $27.5 million, $11 million guaranteed contract with Ray Edwards came back to bite them in the rear-end, they will treat lightly and focus on closing a deal that has little long-term risk.
Teams can not officially begin negotiating until March 9th, and no deal can be signed until March 12th, but expect Umenyiora to be one of the first off the table.
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