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Falcons say Osi Umenyiora will be back, no pay cut

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Despite some talk that Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora could be in danger of getting cut unless he takes a pay cut, it appears that he will play out his contract in 2014.

Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Umenyiora will return, and no restructuring of his contract is planned.

The 32-year-old Umenyiora had 7.5 sacks and started 13 games for the Falcons last season, and he played well enough that his cap number of $4.75 million is reasonable. As PFT reported early this month, the Falcons weren’t looking to cut Umenyiora’s pay. Although it’s possible that they had concluded he wasn’t quite playing up to his contract, they also think enough of Umenyiora that they didn’t want to squeeze him into a pay cut that could have caused him to become disgruntled.

Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann, who played just two games last year before suffering a torn Achilles tendon, is also expected back without a move to reduce his cap number of $5.08 million.

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6 Responses to “Falcons say Osi Umenyiora will be back, no pay cut”
  1. beckzhere says: Mar 22, 2014 1:51 PM

    Falcons are finally starting to get some depth. Neither Biermann or Osi will be every down guys, but will help round out the rotation. With the current personnel, the Falcons 3-4 looks to be fairly solid…especially after they draft Mack.

  2. tmar1961 says: Mar 22, 2014 2:02 PM

    @beekzhere Falcons may have to move up to draft Mack

  3. kd75 says: Mar 22, 2014 2:14 PM

    Amazing that Four and Three Quarters million is considered “reasonable” for a marginal talent in the NFL…

    NFLPA should keep this CBA.

  4. jacobslatter says: Mar 22, 2014 2:28 PM

    So I suppose in 3-4 sets Big Osi will play at OLB along with other current DEs like Malliciah Goodman & Stansly Maponga & Jonathan Massaquoi & Cliff Matthews. These guys I think are too for for 3-4 DE like the 295 lb. Tyson Jackson. Current DTs like Babineaux & newly inked Peria Jerry & recovering Corey Peters get the DE work.

    All which makes me think there is no way Khalil Mack will be drafted at OLB at #6 even if available. It’s Jake Matthews or Greg Robinson or trade down a few/several spots for best player available.

  5. jacobslatter says: Mar 22, 2014 2:30 PM

    too “small”. They can’t put on more weight, it’s unhealthy.

  6. atlfan31833 says: Mar 22, 2014 3:37 PM

    He did exactly what he was paid to do in 2013 (one of few who did). No sense asking him to take a pay cut because of scheme change. He may actually do better in the switch.

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