New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora can’t seem to make up his mind. Immediately after the season was over for the Giants, Osi told ESPN New York that it was “probably time to move on.” Fast forward to Thursday and Osi said “his preference is to return,” but also sounded like he would keep his options open if he didn’t like the Giants’ offer.
After playing 10 seasons with the Giants, Osi’s future with the Giants seems unclear, and with the money he will be looking for, it’s unlikely he returns. He was also very clear that he still wants to be a starter, whether it be for the Giants or for another team. Osi isn’t shy about demanding more money and getting into contract battles with Giants GM Jerry Reese, as he’s been doing so for years. But he’s reached the end of the road.
Of course, his agent will reach out to some teams that Osi is interested in and get feelers, just in case the Giants decide to part ways.
Can the Jets be one of those teams?
Umenyiora didn’t rule them out, saying “Rex Ryan, when I was coming out of college he was with Baltimore at the time and he came down to work me out at Troy, he came to Atlanta just me and him. We had a pretty good time out there so I’ve always enjoyed him as a coach and as a person. That might be a good fit. Hopefully it will be with the Giants.”
If things fell into place, would the Jets pay the defensive end? Do they need his services? Yes, the Jets are looking to get an elite pass-rusher, but Osi is way beyond his prime–struggling since having his best season in ’10 with 11.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles–and is a liability on run defense. He also does not fit with the 3-4 defensive scheme. He’s more of a 4-3 end, so there would be no valid reason why the Jets should look into getting Osi; he’s older, slower, less productive, and won’t come cheap–but then again, it’s the Jets.