Could Osi Umenyiora be headed toward a reunion with the New York Giants?
The defensive end, who spent the last two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons after nine years with the Giants, says he has "zero plans to retire at this moment." Umenyiora added that he would like to retire as a Giant.
Umenyiora, who will be 34 in November, is a free agent. Naturally, his free agency and the fact that Steve Spagnuolo has returned as the Giants defensive coordinator, has led to speculation that a Umenyiora-Giants reunion could happen.
Is that something you would like to see, Giants fans?
Umenyiora had the least productive season of his career in 2014, getting only 2.5 sacks in 16 games. A deeper look at the numbers, though, shows that the Falcons barely used Umenyiora. He played only 292 snaps, 18.25 per game, and had a +4.2 Pro Football Focus grade as a pass rusher. Umenyiora's pass rush productivity percentage of 9.9 was 13th in the league among defensive ends who played at least 25 percent of their team's snaps. That, incidentally, was superior to the 8.9 percent productivity rate posted by Jason Pierre-Paul.
The Falcons used Umenyiora, never a great run defender, purely as a pass rush special. He rushed the passer on 274 of the 292 snaps he played. Umenyiora had a total of 35 pressures in his 274 pass rush snaps.
Is there a similar role available for Umenyiora with the 2015 Giants? His presence would almost certainly take snaps from youngsters Damontre Moore and Kerry Wynn.
Vote in the poll and let us know if you would like to see Umenyiora playing for the Giants next season.