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."
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora is interested in staying with the Falcons. He signed a two-year, $8.5 million deal with them last summer and is due to count $4.75 million against the cap. A restructure might be in order.
"My eyes have been opened: I understand the business pretty much as well as anybody in football right now because of a lot of the things that have happened," Umenyiora said per ESPN. "And I know it's nothing personal."
Umenyiora had 7.5 sacks last year, leading Atlanta. He also forced three fumbles.
Osi Umenyiora does not believe former Giants teammate and fellow defensive end Justin Tuck should follow his path out of town.
Umenyiora bolted for Atlanta in free agency last year, but has urged Tuck to stay with his current team.
"I've talked to Justin and I told him he should try whatever he can to stay in New York," Umenyiora said via The Star-Ledger. "Because he is New York."
Tuck will likely talk money with the Giants soon, but seems destined for free agency. His stock rose when he piled up 8 1/2 sacks in the last five games this season.
Falcons defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora, who had gone three games without a sack, recorded one Week 15 against the Redskins, giving him 7 1/2 on the year. He also forced a fumble on the play that was recovered by teammate Jonathan Babineaux.
Umenyiora finished with two tackles, both solo.
Falcons defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora, who had recorded only half a sack in his previous four games combined, delivered two sacks Week 11 at Tampa Bay. It was his third two-sack game of the season. He's up to 6 1/2 sacks on the year.
Umenyiora also had three tackles, all solo, in the contest.
Falcons defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora, who recorded half a sack last week at Carolina, had just four tackles, including one solo, Week 10 against the Seahawks. He has 4 1/2 sacks on the season but just the one half sack in his last four games.
Falcons defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora, who was questionable coming into the game with a knee injury, contributed half a sack Week 9 at Carolina, giving him 4 1/2 on the season. He also had four tackles, including two solo.
Falcons defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora, who was limited in practice leading up to the game with a knee injury, is active for Week 9 at Carolina. He was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report.
Umenyiora has four sacks on the season but hasn't had one since Week 5.
Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora, S William Moore and T Sam Baker are considered questionable Week 9 against the Panthers.
All three players have been able to practice this week, but have been limited each day. Both Umenyiora and Baker are dealing with knee injuries. Moore has a hip issue.
Falcons defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora, who had two sacks when the team last played Week 5 against the Jets, went without one Week 7 against the Buccaneers. He did have four tackles, including two solo.
Umenyiora has contributed big numbers in three of his six games this season, recording two sacks in two of them and returning an interception for a touchdown in another.
Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora recorded two sacks Monday night, each time racing in off the blind side to bury Jets quarterback Geno Smith. Umenyiora is up to four sacks this season.
Umenyiora tied for second on the team with six tackles, including four solo stops. He's on a bye this week before facing Tampa Bay in Week 7.
Falcons defensive linemen Osi Umenyiora made some big plays during Sunday's contest at Miami in Week 3.
Umenyiora stripped Ryan Tannehill early in the opening quarter. He then took Tannehill down again for a strip-sack in the third quarter. He registered five total tackles (four solo) and two sacks in a 27-23 defeat.
Defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora, in his first season with the Falcons after nine with the Giants, intercepted a pass deflected off the hands of running back Daryl Richardson and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter Week 2 against the Rams. He also deflected two passes. He did not record a tackle in the game.
Umenyiora has yet to record a sack for the Falcons after having six for the Giants last season.
Falcons defensive lineman Peria Jerry benefited from some heavy pressure by high-profile teammate Osi Umenyiora on a play midway through the fourth quarter Week 1 at New Orleans, picking up a sack. It was his only tackle on the day. Umenyiora also had a solo tackle.
The Falcons found a replacement for John Abraham on Wednesday by reaching an agreement with free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora on a two-year, $8.5 million contract. The Falcons released the 34-year-old Abraham, the team leader with 10 sacks in 2012, on March 1. The 31-year-old Umenyiora gives the Falcons a slightly younger replacement at defensive end, but his production has declined in recent years. He had only six sacks for the Giants in 2012, when he started only four of 16 games. He had 55 tackles, five for losses, and one forced fumble. He had a career-high 14 1/2 sacks in 2005, when he was a first-team All-Pro selection. He has reached double figures in sacks only one of the last four years - 11 1/2 in 2010.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, free-agent defensive linemen Osi Umenyiora is expected to sign with the Falcons. Atlanta is the place, a source told the website. Umenyiora is expected to help fill the void created by the departure of John Abraham.