Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 3/28/13

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14: Marion Barber of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball past Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 33-20. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Late last night, the Atlanta Falcons signed Osi Umenyiora to a two-year deal, thus replacing defensive end John Abraham and further bolstering a great set of offseason pick ups and re-signings. The deal was completely at a measly $8.5 million, with a max of $12 million and $5 million guaranteed. The bar continues to be lowered for the defensive end market, similar to what happened to free agent cornerbacks. The Falcons are obviously pushing to be competitive with NFC teams like the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. With Osi off of the market, it leaves Dwight Freeney and John Abraham as pretty much the lone serviceable defensive ends on the market. Freeney seems to be the obvious replacement in Denver for Elvis Dumervil; however, he is said to be wanting $6 million annually and it is slowing talks with the Broncos. The best defensive end on the market (arguably), Cliff Avril is making $6.5 million a year in Seattle, so naturally a 33 year old who just came off of a rela...
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