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Umenyiora joining Falcons on Sunday or Monday

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As the weekend moves toward a conclusion, defensive end Osi Umenyiora’s time as a free agent is coming to a close.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Umenyiora is expected to join the Falcons on Sunday or, at the latest, on Monday.

“Atlanta is the place,” the source said.

The move will end Osi’s decade with the Giants.  He became a full-time starter in 2005.  By 2012, he was mainly a part-time player, appearing in every game but starting only four.

In Atlanta, he’ll step into the spot created by the departure of John Abraham.

Still, the Falcons need more punch from their pass rush.  Whether that comes from free agency or the draft, the Falcons need to do what they can to help hold those big postseason leads they were able to build in January.

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  1. cakemixa says: Mar 23, 2013 10:06 PM

    Word is he’s already complaining about his contract.

  2. kane337 says: Mar 23, 2013 10:10 PM

    YES!!!!!!

  3. reprob8 says: Mar 23, 2013 10:14 PM

    Dimitrov has a penchant for acquiring injured free agents, with marginal success. Osi will be gone in a couple years. hopefully, he’ll give the Falcons at least one productive year.

  4. chawk12thman says: Mar 23, 2013 10:14 PM

    Seems strange that it will take that long…..Whats the hold up if he has made the decision? Lack of Fax Machines where he is?

  5. jacobslatter says: Mar 23, 2013 10:19 PM

    Don’t rule out The Predator coming back eventually. He was the only good DE the team has had for years, he knows the system, built roots over the years at local bars ;) , and will still start but play limited snaps again as we geaux to the Super Bowl again (Feb. 1999).

  6. jerseyshoregiant says: Mar 23, 2013 10:19 PM

    Atlanta just got a little easier to run the ball against.

  7. thesmartest1 says: Mar 23, 2013 10:20 PM

    I get the feeling the Falcons will never win it all. All the money in the world but I’m not sure it’s gonna work.

  8. censoredagain says: Mar 23, 2013 10:20 PM

    Good luck with those phantom “injuries” until the check clears, or something makes him unhappy.

    Whichever inevitably comes first

  9. zaggs says: Mar 23, 2013 10:22 PM

    Falcons better hope the QB’s in the NFC South start taking long drops or they wont see many sacks from Osi.

  10. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Mar 23, 2013 10:27 PM

    Belichick must be jamming up the fax line.

  11. maltliquor says: Mar 23, 2013 10:31 PM

    This could be a good pickup. They still need to draft another pass rusher though.

  12. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 23, 2013 10:33 PM

    Good for him.

  13. patyofeet says: Mar 23, 2013 10:34 PM

    Enjoy the weather Osi!!! NYG All Day!

  14. marcinhouston says: Mar 23, 2013 10:35 PM

    I guess he already had two rings, so he can afford to take the money and go to a team that lacks the leadership at QB to win it all.

  15. flavordave says: Mar 23, 2013 10:36 PM

    If he wanted to win then he could of joined the Eagles practice squad. He doesnt have starter talent here but he could contribute with the walk on practice squad players. Chip Kellys 11 headed defensive hybrid 3-4 monster machine is set and in place for league dominance. And there simply nothing you can do about it.

  16. adrianisgreatestofalltime says: Mar 23, 2013 10:37 PM

    How’d the Ray Edwards deal work out?

  17. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 23, 2013 10:39 PM

    Good fit.

  18. jonasjpate says: Mar 23, 2013 10:46 PM

    Brilliant cap management by Dimitroff
    Now if we can cajole JA55 back for one last year the birds will be Super Bowl bound

  19. armchairqb says: Mar 23, 2013 10:48 PM

    As a Giants fan, I want to thank Osi for two championships and lots of amazing memories. We’ll miss you #72. True Blue, brother. Good luck with your new team. The Giants faithful wish you the best.

  20. gibbsandflair says: Mar 23, 2013 10:58 PM

    Osi remember Bob Griffin owned your ass once you met him.

  21. c0rona55 says: Mar 23, 2013 11:16 PM

    The only thing Bob “Gimp” Griffin ever owned was a trip to the hospital.

  22. chc4 says: Mar 23, 2013 11:21 PM

    How did Troy Williamson, Christian Ponder and Brad Childress work out?

  23. justintuckrule says: Mar 23, 2013 11:24 PM

    Thanks for the memories osi. This giant fan was always in your corner. You’ll be greatly missed. Good luck in Atlanta.

  24. albanyjints says: Mar 23, 2013 11:25 PM

    Thanks Osi for your time in Blue. Two Super Bowls, lots of big plays. You’ll always be a Giant.

  25. phillyphanatic77 says: Mar 23, 2013 11:30 PM

    The Falcons exchange a 34 yr old D-end in Abraham for a 32 yr old (when season starts) in Umenyiora… not that much of an improvement. Not to mention Abraham had 10 sacks to Osi’s 6 last season. I understand Osi split time in NYC and he’ll most likely start in Atlanta but this still seems like a lateral move to me. I guess we’ll see if Abraham can go somewhere and put up better numbers. But the Falcons def need some young pass rushers.

  26. wave222 says: Mar 23, 2013 11:41 PM

    THANK YOU!!
    Osi good luck in Atlanta.

  27. east96st says: Mar 23, 2013 11:41 PM

    Listen. Do you hear that sound? That’s all the opposing RBs in the NFC South calling their agents and letting their agents know they will have two 200 yard plus running games this year guaranteed. Run right at 72 and it’s the endzone for you!

  28. jameyjame says: Mar 23, 2013 11:52 PM

    this just in,,,,,,,Osi umenyiora over runs the the falcons headquarters in route to signing his new contract.

  29. Organic-boy says: Mar 24, 2013 12:02 AM

    Good luck Osi. I’ll have good memories. Hope you r contract is everything you have always wanted- (somehow I doubt it.)

    Remember that Strahan made you what you are though.

  30. 15starr says: Mar 24, 2013 12:42 AM

    Can someone please tell me how the falcons can afford this guy? I heard the other day they only have like 3 mill left in cap space, and they need that for the draft. That must be wrong.

  31. lnfinite says: Mar 24, 2013 12:47 AM

    chc4 says: Mar 23, 2013 11:21 PM

    How did Troy Williamson, Christian Ponder and Brad Childress work out?

    —————————————————–

    T will is long gone and same with Chilly. Ponder is a work in progress after is 1st full season of playing. Before you talk any more smack son double check to see if your franchise has a winning record. As is sits, your team won 312, lost 397, tied 6 pct .441 compared to a winning franchise won 426 lost 355 Tied 9 pct .545.

  32. aprilwalker2013 says: Mar 24, 2013 12:58 AM

    Too Bad Mara!! #HTTR

  33. mrmojo448 says: Mar 24, 2013 1:08 AM

    I hope OSI reads this site, because as I Giants fan, I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart. He has been a spectacular player as a Giant, and I wish him nothing but the best in Atlanta.

    Atlanta, you guys are getting maybe the best DE at creating turnovers, since who knows when. This guy is amazing at the tomahawk chop. While I understand why the Giants had to let him go.. (salary cap era). I think we are going to miss him and his crazy turnover creating ways.

    Best of luck Osi, I will be rooting for you with wreckless abandon (sorta the way you rush the passer :)

  34. giantssouthflorida says: Mar 24, 2013 1:58 AM

    Solid move by Atlanta as far as his pass rushing. I just wouldn’t expect much from him in regards to stopping the run.

  35. daknight93 says: Mar 24, 2013 2:31 AM

    crossing my fingers he signs with Falcants cause osi will get abused by NFC South Running Backs…run right at this guy over and over for huge yards

    Signed
    NFC South Rivals Of Falcants!

  36. beerndrums says: Mar 24, 2013 2:44 AM

    A Viking fan talking smack…now that’s funny

  37. victorycruz says: Mar 24, 2013 4:57 AM

    Congrats Falcons fans. You get a hard worker, and all the retard Redskin fans that like to follow champions. Logicalvoicesays will be messaging you guys soon enough

  38. dolphins4 says: Mar 24, 2013 8:46 AM

    The rich get richer.

  39. fuglyflorio says: Mar 24, 2013 8:48 AM

    So that means by Tuesday he should be complaining that he’s underpaid … and wants to renegotiate his contract.

  40. beckzhere says: Mar 24, 2013 8:55 AM

    Comparing Osi to Ray Edwards is hilarious. The only similarity is that they are both on top 10 lists: one for active sacks and one for busts. No comparison!

    I do like the idea of Abraham coming back for cheap. The two or them might actually give Atlanta a pass rush that other teams fear. All the great teams have 2 stud DE’s and its been a long time since Atlanta had that.

    Great signing for Atlanta.

  41. anthonykornheiser says: Mar 24, 2013 9:18 AM

    @beckzhere-
    osi a stud pass rusher? taking from a giants fan and other giant fans, he is absolutely useless these days.

  42. adrianisgreatestofalltime says: Mar 24, 2013 9:44 AM

    Atlanta must really feel they are that close, idk why they let Curtis lofton walk and why they can’t draft studs on the defensive side of the ball, these old timers like as asante Samuel and OSI are not putting them over the top

  43. pixelito says: Mar 24, 2013 9:50 AM

    Try to get more than 4 sacks this year.

  44. dzor22 says: Mar 24, 2013 9:54 AM

    Daknight- Fal Cants? How did your team end up. Unless you are a SF or alt fan– you need to stuff it (family friendly term) and worry about your team. Which NFC South loser do you pull for?

  45. dzor22 says: Mar 24, 2013 9:55 AM

    Daknight- Fal Cants? How did your team end up last season? Unless you are a SF or Balt fan– you need to stuff it (family friendly term) and worry about your team. Which NFC South loser do you pull for?

  46. markerdown says: Mar 24, 2013 10:40 AM

    G’bye Osi, thanks for all you did for NYG… Best of luck in Atlanta…. and don’t forget ….you were never as good as Stray and since he was usually double teamed, he made you look good. One less drama queen for NYG

  47. nananatman says: Mar 24, 2013 10:54 AM

    How are they going to stop the run? McCoy and Vick have been running around him for two years.

  48. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Mar 24, 2013 11:36 AM

    The best thing he has done in three years is call Mccoy lady gaga !

  49. salventuri says: Mar 24, 2013 12:06 PM

    Good, now he can be unproductive somewhere else.

  50. kev86 says: Mar 24, 2013 5:36 PM

    Giants produce great ones.

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