ESPN The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora. A league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Umenyiora’s deal is for $8.5 million, with a max value of $12 million, including $5 million guaranteed. Umenyiora, a two-time Pro Bowler, had 43 tackles and six sacks last season for the New York Giants. After the 2010 season, in which he had 11.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles, Umenyiora clashed with general manager Jerry Reese over his desire for a new contract. Umenyiora, who has a home in Atlanta, was one of the top free agents left on the open market.
In a move that I predicted at the beginning of this offseason, the Atlanta Falcons have signed former Nww York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora. Osi maintains an offseason home in Atlanta and both parties did not hide their interest in joining forces.
I said all season long that the Atlanta Falcons would not win the Super Bowl until they improved their pass rush, and the addition of Umenyiora will go a long way in improving that aspect of their defense.
However, their best pass rusher from 2012, John Abraham was a cap casualty and the Falcons will now need to find Osi some help. Umenyiora was not a good run defender, even in his prime, and he was regulated to situational pass rusher duties in New York during the past few seasons behind Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Osi can be part of the solution for the lack of a pass rush in Atlanta, but do not expect him to be the savior of the Falcons defense by himself, he cannot do it alone.