Free Agent Frenzy: Osi Umenyiora

With 75 sacks and 13 forced fumbles over his nine years with the Giants, Osi Umenyiora could see a return to his old stomping grounds this offseason.

With the recent salary cap casualties, most notably of nine-year veteran Mathias Kiwanuika, the defensive line is in need of reinforcements. Bring in Osi Umenyiora? What seemed a forgone conclusion that he would never be in a Giants uniform again has instead become a very real possibility. From a salary cap standpoint, it certainly seems to make sense, as it is unlikely Umenyiora is seeking, nor will obtain a large free agent contract this offseason. All the more impetus for the Giants to grab the free agent defensive end.

But, more than just for salary cap reasons is Umenyiora’s potential. Although he is likely no longer capable of being dominant for a full season, he has shown flashes of his younger years as a Giant. Wreaking havoc on third down and disrupting running plays with his uncanny athleticism was his trademark, and he proved more than able to perform in a similar capacity with the Falcons.

Moreover, the individual who is likely to maximize his remaining talent is Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who was the signal-caller during Umenyiora’s most prolific years. His vaunted role in the Giants “Nascar” package is still remembered and reminisced about by fans as the Giants knocked off Tom Brady in two Super Bowls.

Umenyiora had a different outlook and approach during his years under Perry Fewell, becoming more of a controversial figure during his last seasons as a Giant However, when discussing Spagnuolo, he knew how to best use his superstar, and although this is a star that is at the twilight of his career, it could just be the right combo to lead to a Giant resurgence.


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