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Falcons’ talks with Umenyiora are ‘fluid’ and ‘amicable’
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Falcons are inching closer to brokering a deal with former New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
“We’re in the process of having discussions with his representatives,” Falcons general mangaer Thomas Dimitroff told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. “There’s nothing new to report at this point. We have a solid relationship with CAA (Creative Artists Agency) and our discussions are fluid and amicable.”
CAA is the firm that represents Umenyiora, who was a major cog along the defensive line that help propel the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles. He is also the 10th active sack leader in the NFL. He visited the Falcons on Wednesday and stated his desire to play for the Falcons on the Jamie and Jerome Show on 92.9 The Game on Friday.
“New York fans definitely expect a lot out of you because of their history,” Umenyiora said. “There was nothing better than to be able to win there. The only thing I can think of that would be better than being able to win in New York would be to be able to win here in Atlanta. We’ll see how that plays out. Hopefully, it works out in a positive direction.”
It is unclear who Umenyiora met with on his visit to the Falcons because Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith were in Arizona at the league meetings. But the Falcons are in need of a pass rusher after releasing John Abraham before the start of free agency.
On their way to the Super Bowl XLVI title, Umenyiora and the Giants defeated the Falcons in the wildcard round after the 2011 season. He was part of the defensive line that dominated the line of scrimmage against the Falcons.
The Giants pass rush was also vital to them winning the Super Bowl after the 2007 season. Umenyiora had 13 sacks that season.