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Osi Umenyiora’s officially out of contract

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Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has expressed an interest in returning to the team in 2013, but he’ll have a chance to talk to any other team in the league before making any decisions about what uniform to wear.

Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Umenyiora’s contract for the 2013 season voided at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, making Umenyiora an unrestricted free agent. Because Umenyiora is not being released, he’s not free to sign with another team until free agency opens on March 12.

Although Umenyiora said he’d be down to stay with the only team he’s ever played for in the NFL, it seems like an unlikely development. The Giants aren’t blessed with a ton of cap space, which explains why they’ve spent this week releasing several veteran contributors, and Umenyiora will likely be able to land a bigger deal with a team that doesn’t already have two well-regarded starting defensive ends.

Umenyiora was healthy for the entire 2012 season, but posted just six sacks after dropping the quarterback nine times in only nine games during the 2011 season. Still, he has 75 sacks in his career and those numbers are sure to entice more than one team into trying to land Umenyiora for their defensive line this offseason.

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25 Responses to “Osi Umenyiora’s officially out of contract”
  1. geeeeemen says: Feb 7, 2013 5:27 PM

    Doing an injustice stating Osi’s stats without including his forced fumbles. That’s his biggest asset.

  2. comebackid says: Feb 7, 2013 5:28 PM

    I think, depending on price I would like to see him in Minnesota because Robison is not as good as osi. He has shown strides but I think if we draft a dt and get osi that line would be great. We saw Allen struggle with no one on the other side to fear.

  3. r8rnuck says: Feb 7, 2013 5:30 PM

    baggage: check
    drama: check
    can definitely help raiders dline: check
    raiders cap space: cross

    too bad

  4. 13arod says: Feb 7, 2013 5:31 PM

    they probley will let victor cruz walk

  5. goldenperspective says: Feb 7, 2013 5:32 PM

    Come to the niners! Justin Smith with Osi= fear for all qbs

  6. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Feb 7, 2013 5:33 PM

    Although Umenyiora said he’d be down to stay with the only team he’s ever played for in the NFL, it seems like an unlikely development. The Giants aren’t blessed with a ton of cap space

    Seriously? Are you mixing hip hop with Tebow in your writing style?

  7. sportsnut101 says: Feb 7, 2013 5:34 PM

    See u in Dallas for cheaper then spencer would cost

  8. aschwartz2011 says: Feb 7, 2013 5:37 PM

    Put him across from Clayborn with McCoy in the middle. Would be a sick line.

  9. l1onhe4rt says: Feb 7, 2013 5:45 PM

    Welcome to the silver & black!!

  10. Stiller43 says: Feb 7, 2013 5:47 PM

    Didnt he have like 6 in one game a few years back? And he only has 75 in his career?

    Jeez…i thought osi was fantastic (not the past year or two) over his career…maybe people over estimated his worth if almost 10 percent of his career sacks were in one game

  11. seabronco says: Feb 7, 2013 5:49 PM

    Seattle!

  12. lionpride10 says: Feb 7, 2013 5:58 PM

    Abril, Suh, Fairly and Osi! We won’t need a secondary

  13. lionpride10 says: Feb 7, 2013 5:58 PM

    Avril, sorry, autocorrect

  14. mazblast says: Feb 7, 2013 5:58 PM

    Every year, the same b****ing about the contracts he signed voluntarily. At least now we’ll not hear as much of that.

  15. donnymacjack says: Feb 7, 2013 6:03 PM

    Seattle!

  16. themidwaymonsters says: Feb 7, 2013 6:06 PM

    DaBears might welcome you with open arms…open checkbook, doubt it.

  17. justintuckrule says: Feb 7, 2013 6:07 PM

    He’ll be signed on day 1 to the huge contract he’s always wanted. My only advice to him is that he bring plenty of sunscreen with him to Miami.

  18. karlpilkington says: Feb 7, 2013 6:26 PM

    My how times have changed. Not one mention of the skins.. This is so refreshing. Httr mfers..

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 7, 2013 6:26 PM

    Stiller43 says: Feb 7, 2013 5:47 PM

    Didnt he have like 6 in one game a few years back? And he only has 75 in his career?

    Jeez…i thought osi was fantastic (not the past year or two) over his career…maybe people over estimated his worth if almost 10 percent of his career sacks were in one game
    ——————-

    1/7 of Aldon Smith’s sacks came in one game, is his value overstated also?

  20. pinion8ted says: Feb 7, 2013 6:38 PM

    Did he go out the door complaining about his contract?

  21. ss376 says: Feb 7, 2013 7:03 PM

    He’s had a good run. Like Bradshaw, he will find new employment pretty quickly. I’m wondering if we plan to drop Tuck too though. Our pass rush was pretty non-existent last year so maybe it’s time for someone fresh to make a name for themselves…

  22. lakermetskins says: Feb 7, 2013 7:32 PM

    The Giants saw Osi trying to chase Bob Griffin and decided he’s done. Embarrassing!

  23. east96st says: Feb 7, 2013 7:34 PM

    “Doing an injustice stating Osi’s stats without including his forced fumbles. That’s his biggest asset.”

    A number of his “sacks” are forced fumbles. His strip move, really his only move, is credited as an official sack when the QB fumbles as a result of the strip.

  24. butkusditka says: Feb 8, 2013 12:17 PM

    Stay outta chi

  25. jprcox says: Feb 8, 2013 4:48 PM

    Seattle!

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