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Report: Lions, Dolphins interested in Osi Umenyiora

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The market for free agent defensive ends has been weaker than anticipated, which isn’t great news for Osi Umenyiora.

Umenyiora huffed and puffed for years to get out of his contract with the Giants, finally succeeding when the team restructured his contract in 2012 to allow him to become a free agent this offseason. Umenyiora planned to cash in with a deal he felt was commensurate with his productivity. It’s a week into free agency and we’ve barely heard a whisper about Umenyiora, which suggests the market for his services is not as robust as he hoped.

According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, it’s not because of a lack of interest. Garafolo reports that the Lions, Dolphins and others have expressed serious interest in Umenyiora but that the money isn’t there for defensive ends. With Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew saying Monday, via Tim Twentyman of the team’s website, that the team is probably done with big name signings, it doesn’t really look like the market’s going to get much stronger.

Umenyiora appears destined to settle for less money than he wanted to get as a free agent. If history is any guide, we should hear his dissatisfaction with that state of affairs shortly after he signs a contract for the 2013 season.

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29 Responses to “Report: Lions, Dolphins interested in Osi Umenyiora”
  1. fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 18, 2013 3:54 PM

    the dolphins are proof the salary cap is a joke. it can be manipulated so much.

  2. fuglyflorio says: Mar 18, 2013 3:54 PM

    Two good cities to get a payday and ease into retirement. No pressure … no expectations … no urgency. Yeah, seems like the right move for Osi.

  3. cmonelisha says: Mar 18, 2013 3:57 PM

    osi is a fan favorite among NYG fans and was a personal favorite since strahan retired but hes def a one trick pony at its finest.. he cant stop the run if his life depended on it. but this guy can get to the qb like a beast and strip sack..hes worth something but nothing near 6-7 mil a year.. giants pegged him right last year..3.5 -4 mil a year

  4. ajb3313 says: Mar 18, 2013 3:59 PM

    This could be the silver lining for the Dolphins in Jake Long heading to St. Louis: they still have about $15 million in cap room with another $7 million coming after June 1. If they’d signed Long, they’d basically be out of the market for anyone else of significance. Without signing him, they could afford a player like Osi, who fills a need and would come cheaper than Long, plus have the cap space leftover to pursue someone like Brent Grimes or Eric Winston on a one-year deal.

  5. Sackville Rc says: Mar 18, 2013 4:01 PM

    Both these teams should take the money for Osi, and invest it in their secondary. Then solidify their D-Line through the draft. Osi isn’t the answer for either team.

  6. scoops1 says: Mar 18, 2013 4:06 PM

    but he wants to win DPOY??

    i don’t see how this is possible in either city

  7. trippletlane says: Mar 18, 2013 4:08 PM

    Head to south beach him and wake would be great

  8. ccjcsr says: Mar 18, 2013 4:09 PM

    Over the Hill!

  9. cullimon says: Mar 18, 2013 4:16 PM

    Maybe he’ll play next to Suh and fairly so he looks good than try cash out the next year like avril

  10. Bart DePalma says: Mar 18, 2013 4:17 PM

    Sackville Rc says: “Both these teams should take the money for Osi, and invest it in their secondary. Then solidify their D-Line through the draft. Osi isn’t the answer for either team.”

    Miami’s DE is not seeking and answer and is already top notch. They could simply use an upgrade in pass rushing at the DE slot opposite Wake.

    Miami has 9 (soon to be 10 with the compensation) picks in the draft. Expect three to be DBs to rebuild the secondary in a far more cost effective manner than FA.

  11. emperorzero says: Mar 18, 2013 4:18 PM

    Dolphin fans correct me if I’m wrong (and I’m sure you will), but the ‘Fins seem like they are headed to salary cap hell by pushing money back to later years.

  12. securb2013 says: Mar 18, 2013 4:26 PM

    Osi Umenyiora would turn that D line into a brick wall with Wake, Odrick, Wheeler and Starks. The Fins could use their picks to get younger and faster in the secondary and O line.

  13. thegonz13 says: Mar 18, 2013 4:26 PM

    Gee, you don’t think his attitude played a part in this, do you?

  14. hehateme2 says: Mar 18, 2013 4:27 PM

    fitzmagic1212 says:Mar 18, 2013 3:54 PM

    the dolphins are proof the salary cap is a joke.

    No, first, there is NO magic in Fitz and you’ve seen that by now. Secondly, the Dolphins made this plans last year and have worked it all out. It is by design that they had the cap money and high draft picks.

    They have improved their team whie the jills remain an afterthought. Some things just dont change.

  15. brutus9448 says: Mar 18, 2013 4:30 PM

    Please no more than a 1 year deal.

  16. voiceofreason says: Mar 18, 2013 4:40 PM

    If Osi has a brain in that skull of his….He’ll go play next to Suh and Fairley. He’ll see 1 v 1’s all day long…

  17. annes22 says: Mar 18, 2013 4:41 PM

    hehateme what are you talking about?? Speak english please.

  18. raiderapologist says: Mar 18, 2013 4:46 PM

    Guys like Osi need to find a job before they end up in Oakland on a one year deal for a little more money than Vince Young spends on a birthday party.

  19. southbeachnorth says: Mar 18, 2013 4:54 PM

    emperorzero says:
    Mar 18, 2013 4:18 PM
    Dolphin fans correct me if I’m wrong (and I’m sure you will), but the ‘Fins seem like they are headed to salary cap hell by pushing money back to later years.

    Couldn’t agree with you more. If I were Stephen Ross, I would not have allowed Ireland to backload all our new contracts in the hopes of putting together a good enough record to not be fired after this year. I’ve seen teams backload contracts to the 4th and/or 5th, 6th year on a deal but not on the 2nd! $710,000 base salary for Wallace in 2013 on a 60M contract?! It’s not even like we need to do it, we went into FA with nearly $50M of space! The whole things disgusts me because 12 months from now, things won’t be pretty unless we’ve won it all and what are the chances of that? Again, if I was Ross, I would have told Ireland that every single contract he negotiates must spread salary out evenly across all years, or at least not such a huge disparity. With his move on Year 1 of the Wallace contract, Ireland couldn’t possibly be more blatant in what he is trying to do. Slaps in the faces of all Dolfans as though we’ll be so caught up with getting the prized FA WR that we won’t notice his snake-like maneuvers. It’s one thing to backload but $700K in year one on a contract that should avg $12M per is ludicrous.

  20. laxcoach37 says: Mar 18, 2013 5:49 PM

    emperorzero says:
    Mar 18, 2013 4:18 PM
    Dolphin fans correct me if I’m wrong (and I’m sure you will), but the ‘Fins seem like they are headed to salary cap hell by pushing money back to later years.

    You both have valid points, but are forgetting one major factor. The Dolphins are in even better shape next year for Cap. The Cap goes up and the biggest element is that today’s Rookie Contracts are a fraction of the cost 2 years ago! You build with the draft and fill in with FA. If you do not get the production out of these signed players yo simply cut them. I guarantee you that Dansby had no idea it was coming, but he saved us money and we upgraded. That is how it is done. Hartline will never see the end of his contract. Look at the FA list. Full of decent players that simply became expendable becuase their price outweighed their need. The Fins will have Soliai, Starks and Keller for next year. That is why they gave a balloon to Wallace. No arguments here on Wallace… is he worth 27M guaranteed.. maybe not but thatr is the price you pay for the best free agent. Timing is everything! See Flacco for further details. No doubt Wallace helps our Team, but he will be gone in 2015 if he does not pan out and we lost some money, but certaily are not broke. We still have money for 2 more major signings and the Dansby/Barnett money about $11M is used to sign Drafts. Miami is in great shape financially and to field an improved product. Haters will hate and rpeat the same stuff over and over again without doing a stitch of research

  21. nicwel says: Mar 18, 2013 5:56 PM

    I can see the Lions picking up Osi. He’d welcome the idea of playing next to Suh and Fairley. Plus There is no depth surefire starter at the D-End position. It just makes sense.

  22. playbookofeli says: Mar 18, 2013 6:12 PM

    You do realize long and osi play on opposite sides of the ball? How does signing him make up for losing long?

  23. tannethrill says: Mar 18, 2013 7:02 PM

    Losing Long is making up for losing Long. He’s taken a beating which I appreciate him doing but the injury history is a tough call when there’s healthier, safer options not to mention cheaper.

  24. 3ghostninja says: Mar 18, 2013 9:55 PM

    Hey OSI! You have a chance to play next to two DTs who are constantly double teamed. Look how good they made that guy Avril look…

  25. MTArider says: Mar 19, 2013 1:44 AM

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Osi returns to NYG because of the lack of pay day out there.

  26. cfd189 says: Mar 19, 2013 3:19 AM

    The only money that needs to be worried about in the NFL is guaranteed money. The rest is a smoke screen. Ireland left himself room to sign impact players to 1 year deals. Has his core of players already set

  27. qwzaie123 says: Mar 19, 2013 2:08 PM

    Let’s sign this guy an two dbs one dlinemen one ot one wr in the draft an watch Miami take over the afc

  28. qwzaie123 says: Mar 19, 2013 6:12 PM

    Let go Miami 11 wins this year sign this man rite now

  29. pharmdkee says: Mar 19, 2013 10:55 PM

    Osi, make yourself look good by recording double digit sacks once again, in Detroit, playing next to 2 of the top DTs in the league. Accept a 1 year-3.5mil boy and you can once again test the FA in 2014 and get that contract you deserve. Cliff Avril was a “stud” playing by those guys; this year in Seattle, he won’t come close to his production of the past few years w/out the big boys in the middle (Fairley + Suh, of course). Schwartz/Mayhew/those guys love to blitz, love their DE game. Plus, although you’re defense, anyone would love to say they played with the most dominant WR of all time- MegaTron (dominant, not best; love you Jerry).

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