The Atlanta Falcons already started getting rid of some veteran players like cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas.

It looks like Osi Umenyiora is safe.

Asked about Umenyiora's future at the NFL Scouting Combine Thursday, Mike Smith lauded Umenyiora's leadership and production, saying Umenyiora did an "outstand job" overall as a player and mentor. He said Umenyiora's presence was key for the defense and made it sound like Umenyiora remains in the team's plans despite a $4.5 million salary.