Defensive end Osi Umenyiora’s 10-year tenure as a New York Giant will be coming to an end very soon. It was reported by Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com that Umenyiora will join the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, or Monday at the latest.
The 31-year-old started his career with the Giants when he was drafted in the second round in the 2003 NFL draft. The defensive end had a nice career with Big Blue. In 129 games with the Giants, Umenyiora had 75 sacks and 32 forced fumbles. He was a Pro Bowler after the 2005 and the 2007 seasons, and was a second-team All-Pro in 2010. But after that season it all went down hill.
Halfway through the 2011 season, Umenyiora went from a full-time starter to sharing snaps with Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul.
His production will be missed by the Giants, who saw their ferocious pass-rush diminish last season. In the seven games Umenyiora started in 2011, he posted an impressive nine sacks, and added another 3.5 sacks off the bench in the Giants’ run towards beating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
Umenyiora only started four games last season but managed to get six sacks. Losing him will further deteriorate an already weak area for the Giants.