Osi Umeniyiora, who was a major cog along the defensive line that help propel the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles, finalized a deal with the the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday.
Umenyiora, the 10th active sack leader in the NFL, visited the Falcons last Wednesday, and his stated his desire to play for the Falcons in a local interviews.
Co-host Jamie Dukes and former Falcons Chuck Smith, who was subbing for Jerome Jurenovich, interviewed Umenyiora.
“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 general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith were in Arizona at the league meetings.
The Falcons didn’t have to send Arthur Blank’s private jet to pick up Umenyiora like they did running back Steven Jackson. Umenyiora has a residence in Atlanta.
“I just drove up there and visited with them,” Umenyiora said. “It was very good. Hopefully, things will work out.”
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.