And that's finally over, Osi Umenyiora has agreed to a two-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons, per @JayGlazer. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Umenyiora will make
The two-year deal the Falcons gave former Giants DE Osi Umenyiora is worth $8.5 million, max value of $12 mil, and includes $5 million gtd.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 28, 2013
Umenyiora will help fill the void on the Falcons that was created by the departure of John Abraham. Umenyiora has at times been a liability against the run, but he can still rush the passer. According to Pro Football Focus Umenyiora had a 8.6 pass rush productivity, which was tied for 20th in the league last year for 43 defensive ends, while that's not astounding, he's still a useful pass rusher. Going to the Falcons and their indoor stadium probably can't hurt his numbers.
Osi was a great New York Giant even though he did bicker about his contract too much for fan's liking, he was a key part to two Superbowl Wins and I for one wish him well--I just wish I was wishing him well on an AFC team. UUmenyiora's departure means the Giants will have to figure out something at defensive end behind Jason Pierre Paul and Justin Tuck whether that is Mathias Kiwanuka taking more snaps at defensive ends, adding one in the draft, giving Ojomo and Tracy more snaps or a combination of all of the above remains to be seen.
For those wondering about compensatory selections this could mean in the future--that remains to be seen. Players that are cut are not counted towards compensatory picks. To date the Giants have lost Martellus Bennet, Osi Umeinyora, and Chase Blackburn, while they have signed a number of other players--most notably Brandon Myers. I'll leave the speculating to user Ct17.
Be sure to check out the Falcoholic for more insight and information into the signing.
In other news, Domenik Hixon is visiting the Oakland Raiders. it had previously been reported that Hixon had an offer from the Detroit Lions.
The Giants also have 4.5 million dollars in cap space according to Pro Football Talk.com , though it's not specified whether this includes tenders or not -- Cruz has not signed his tender and the Giants still have draft picks to sign.