Defensive end Osi Umenyiora was in New Jersey Wednesday to visit with the Jets, according to Fox Sports 1 NFL Insider Mike Garafolo. Umenyiora, although he played in all 16 games last season for the Falcons, did not start a game for the first time in his career. He came over to the team in 2013 after nine years with the Giants. The 33-year-old has tallied 435 total tackles, 85.0 sacks, 17 passes defensed and 35 forced fumbles in 12 seasons in the NFL.
With Falcons defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora set to become a free agent March 10, he said he plans to play in 2015, reports ESPN. "Zero plans to retire at this moment," Umenyiora said. "I feel like I can still play, No. 1. The way things ended last year, I'm just not going to end my career like that. That's not going to happen." The 2015 season will be Umenyiora's 12th season in the NFL and he said he can still contribute if he lands with the right team. "I feel like when put in the right situation and given the opportunity to play, I would still be able to help somebody. I want to end the way it's supposed to end," he said. Umenyiora added he expects to be back with the Falcons in 2015 and wants to play at least one more year. "I think I did the right things when I was there, especially last year," he said. "I did and said all the right things and I'm in great shape. Whether or not they decide to re-sign me, that's another story. But do I expect them to look into it? I would think so."
Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora conceded Wednesday that he needs to contribute more to what has been a failing defense in 2014. Atlanta is yielded 28.3 points per game this season and surrendered 41 Sunday at Minnesota. "Do I feel like I could be helping more? Yes," he told the New York Daily News. He added that he will continue to do whatever the team asks of him. Umenyiora has yet to start in four games and has registered just six tackles and no sacks.
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora will return to the Falcons without any restructuring of his contract, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Umenyiora, who had 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles last year, is set to make $2.5 million in base salary and count $4.75 million against the cap. Reports surfaced that the team would ask him to restructure his deal, but general manager Thomas Dimitroff put that speculation to rest.
It appears the Falcons will hold onto defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who had 7.5 sacks last year. Umenyiora, 32, would count $3.5 million against the cap in 2014. Coach Mike Smith said Umenyiora did an "outstanding job" in his first season with Atlanta. "I am never gonna say never," Smith said, "but I'm looking forward to continuing to work with him."