Osi Umenyiora has played more sparingly in recent years with Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul serving as the Giants’ starting defensive ends. Now, with free agency looming, Umenyiora thinks it’s time to start a new chapter in his career.
“I just feel fortunate to be able to play 10 years in New York in this city and that organization,” Umenyiora said on ESPN’s The Michael Kay Show earlier this week. “It was a great run, a great ride. I think now is probably time to move on.”
Umenyiora has been a staple in the Giants’ defense since the G-Men surprised everyone by drafting him in the second round (56th overall) in 2003. He earned Pro Bowl selections in 2005 and 2007, and reached double-digit sack totals on three separate occasions, including the ’05 campaign in which he racked up 14.5.
The 31-year-old’s role has diminished in recent years, though, with the emergence of Pierre-Paul and Tuck’s continued role in the New York pass rush. Umenyiora, who started just four games this season ...