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Umenyiora set to explore free agency

Pass rushing end could fit with 4-3 teams like Titans, Panthers or Lions. Terry McCormick

Print This January 31, 2013, 03:28 PM EST

Osi Umenyiora could soon become a free agent for the first time in his NFL career.

And while the 10-year defensive end of the New York Giants has been a fixture with Big Blue, if he gets to the open market, there are some teams he could fit with that are in need of a pass rusher. A report from TitanInsider mentions Tennessee, Carolina and Detroit as possible options for Umenyiora if the Giants allow him to escape to free agency at age 31.

All of those teams run a 4-3 defense, and all of them need help on the defensive side of the ball. Tennessee, in particular, allowed a franchise record 471 points in part because of a spotty pass rush this season.

If the Giants allow Umenyiora to walk away, some team will take a chance on him because pass rushers are such a valued commodity in today's NFL. Umenyiora, even at age 31, had nine sacks in nine games in 2011 in a season where the Giants won the Super Bowl.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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