All signs still point to defensive end Osi Umenyiora signing with the Falcons, but the deal isn’t done yet.
That was General Manager Thomas Dimitroff’s message when he spoke to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday.
“We’re in the process of having discussions with his representatives,” Dimitroff said. “There’s nothing new to report at this point. We have a solid relationship with CAA (Creative Artists Agency) and our discussions are fluid and amicable.”
Over the weekend, we reported that the deal was expected to close on Sunday or Monday. Dimitroff’s comments don’t preclude a Monday end to Umenyiora’s run as a free agent, but it could mean that we’ll have to wait a little longer for a puff of white smoke from Falcons headquarters.
As long as Umenyiora hasn’t changed his mind about winning in Atlanta, that smoke should be coming sooner rather than later.