Friday, February 1, 2013
Osi to the Jets?
By Tim Kavanagh
UPDATE: The notion of Osi Umenyiora lining up for the New York Jets has been a hot button topic since the idea was presented by the pass-rusher himself on Thursday, and we've got some additional buzz on the subject Friday morning.
Over on the ESPN AFC East blog, James Walker writes that he's "skeptical of any big name coming to the Jets this offseason. Their cap is too tight to make a huge signing. New York has to release a lot of players to be able to sign Umenyiora."
During Super Bowl week, players from all teams are guests on various radio shows and other forms of media, and so we can glean new information on impending free agents and others. One such player who spoke with the media this week is New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora, who is poised to hit unrestricted free agency unless re-signed by the Giants.
So will the re-signing happen? "There's a chance, absolutely," Umenyiora said Thursday, per ESPNNewYork.com. "Of course [there] is. Hopefully that'll happen. I prefer to finish out my career there. But there's a lot of things in play here. It's not going to be totally my decision. They're going to have some decisions to make also. It's going to be a collective effort. My agent's going to have his say. Hopefully things will work out there. I prefer to stay there."
The subject of the Giants' co-tenants at MetLife Stadium came up, and Umenyiora didn't close the door on signing with the Jets. "Rex Ryan, when I was coming out of college he was with Baltimore at the time and he came down to work me out at Troy, he came to Atlanta, just me and him," Umenyiora confirmed. "We had a pretty good time out there so I've always enjoyed him as a coach and as a person. That might be a good fit."
ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini isn't so sure this would be a match:
Rich CiminiHow would Osi look in green?
"Obviously, the Jets desperately need an edge rusher like Umenyiora, but he's not a scheme fit for them. At 6-foot-3, 261 pounds, he's better suited as a 4-3 end, not a 3-4 end. The Jets could use him as a situational rusher, but he probably wouldn't be happy in that role. It also wouldn't be cost-effective to give a significant contract to a 31-year-old, part-time player. Besides, the draft is filled with Osi-type players, and there's a chance the Jets could snag one with the ninth pick and make him an outside linebacker. Possibilities include Jarvis Jones (Georgia), Damontre Moore (Texas A&M), Barkevious Mingo (LSU) and Bjoern Werner (Florida State). "