The Falcons may be taking a step toward addressing this hole by reportedly “heavily pursuing” veteran defensive end and Atlanta native Osi Umenyiora, who previously won two Super Bowl’s with the New York Giants.
I have said all along that I’ve wanted the Falcons to sign Umenyiora. This is because I knew they could get him for a discounted rate. In my opinion Umenyiora provides the best value at the position in the free agent market. At age 31, Umenyiora will provide an instant veteran presence to the lackluster Atlanta defensive line. This will also allow the Falcons to draft a young defensive end, who Osi can take under his wing and mentor.
It isn’t final yet, but all signs seem to be pointing to an Atlanta Falcons-Osi Umenyiora partnership. If so, I look forward to seeing what he has left in the tank and if he is the answer to the Falcons getting over the hump. Osi certainly thinks he has a lot in the tank, saying on NFL Total Access “wherever I go, I will win defensive player of the year.” In this league confidence goes along way, let’s hope Osi is right.