The New York Giants entered the 2012 NFL season as defending Super Bowl champions with high expectations of having similar results at season’s end.
Unfortunately for the Giants, the team wasn’t able to reclaim the dominance of the season prior. The team fell apart in the second-half of the season and ultimately missed the NFL playoffs altogether resulting in an uncertain future for one of the best players on the defensive side of the football.
Two-time Super Bowl champion Osi Umenyiora was one of the best players in the league at defensive end at one point in time during his career in New York and a valuable asset to the Giants’ defense.
Although an elite player in the recent past, Umenyiora will more than likely become a free agent in March due to the lack of interest from the Giants in terms of re-signing the veteran. Umenyiora has made it clear that he doesn’t want to return to New York unless he’s able to become a starter once again, but the team is reluctant to make that move.
Despite basically ruling out a return to the Giants, Umeyiora appears to be changing his tune claiming that he will return if made a starter and will consider signing with the New York Jets if ultimately made a free agent via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News:
“I’m interested in staying with the Giants first,” Umenyiora wrote. “But I was asked ‘if’ I would play with the Jets and I said ‘Of course I would.’ There aren’t too many teams I would flat-out say I wouldn’t play for, you know. I’m a ‘free’ agent.”
In 16 games with the Giants this season, Umenyiora recorded 6.0 sacks and 27 tackles. The veteran defensive end started in only four games out of the 16 in New York leading to all the talk of Umenyiora’s desire to play with another team once given the chance in free agency.
The Jets may be a likely destination for Umenyiora with the Giants almost certainly ready to part ways due to a reluctance to make him a starter once again. No other teams have emerged as potential suitors for Umenyiora, but teams will likely show interest once the two-time champion becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 12.