|Osi Umenyiora is open to playing for the Jets. |
It might have been a technicality but Osi Umenyiora's contract for the 2013 season was voided on Thursday when the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end remained on the Giants' roster several days after the Super Bowl, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.
The provision allowed the Giants to spread Umenyiora's $5 million cap hit from 2012 over two seasons, according to the Star-Ledger.
Although Umenyiora has expressed a desire to return to the Giants in 2013, he just as likely could be playing for the other tenants of MetLife Stadium next season. In an interview with the New York Post last week in New Orleans, Umenyiora indicated that he could fit in well with the Jets.
Umenyiora, a second-round pick by the Giants out of Troy in 2003, has 75 sacks in his 10-year NFL career.
“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,” Umenyiora told The Post. “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.”
Umenyiora's sack total has dwindled in recent seasons. After posting 33.5 sacks from 2005-2007, Umenyiora has finished with 10 sacks or less in three of the last four seasons. Umenyiora missed the 2008 season with torn cartilage in his left knee.
In a salary-cap purge this week, the Giants released former running back Ahmad Bradshaw, linebacker Michael Boley and defensive lineman Chris Canty. Wide receiver Victor Cruz who ended the 2012 season ranked in the top 10 in the NFC in receptions and receiving yards, is a restricted free agent.
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