Dec 1, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) breaks a tackle by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora (50) during the first half at the Rogers Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
DE Osi Umenyiora could be the next cap causality for the Atlanta Falcons as they have reportedly asked him to take a pay cut and that has not happened yet. With Justin Tuck leaving for free agency this offseason, the Giants will have a hole to fill at DE and with a $3.5 million price tag, they would be wise to sign if he was cut. Osi has proven to be a #1 pass rusher on a team, as evidenced by the 2011 season when he registered 12.5 sacks in just 13 games (including postseason). Last season he racked up 7.5 sacks on a horrible Falcons pass rush.
I don’t see the Falcons letting go of Umenyiora because of their severe lack of pass rush, but it should be interesting to follow this situation as the offseason unfolds.
"Umenyiora would entertain an offer to return to the Giants — and the Giants would at least investigate — if his situation in Atlanta came to an end, according to two people familiar with the situation. The people requested anonymity in order to speak freely on the matter."
The Giants have plenty of holes to fill this offseason, and they could catch a lucky break and fill one if they Falcons do end up cutting Umenyiora.