Umenyiora, Big Blue talk future
2009 was a rough season for Osi Umenyiora.
The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end started just 11 games last season as he was demoted from first-teamer to situational pass-rusher. Umenyiora finished the year with only seven sacks and 29 tackles (19 solo), arguably the worst statistical season since his 2003 rookie campaign.
Last week, he talked to the Giants about that, and more.
“They had a nice, long chat,” Umenyiora’s agent, Tony Agnone, told Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “And they’ll continue to talk. They have a lot to discuss.”
Umenyiora sat down last week with Giants general manager Jerry Reese in the hopes of getting some answers regarding his future with the organization. Though specifics of what was discussed during the meeting are not yet known, Agnone told Garafolo that Umenyiora is still feeling like he was during Super Bowl week, when he said he would rather retire than play as a backup.
Whether or not Umenyiora and the team can put their problems aside and move forward is still up in the air.
What the organization clearly needs to figure out is how to solve their pass-rushing problem. The Giants’ sack total has been in steady decline over the last two years. During the magical 2007 Super Bowl run, New York led the NFL in sacks, with 53.
That total dropped to 42 in 2008 (sixth in NFL) and 32 in 2009 (18th).
In addition to Umenyiora, the Giants have defensive ends Mathias Kiwanuka, Justin Tuck and Danny Tollefson on the roster.
But will they look to add another defensive end—or possibly get rid of someone—in an effort to improve the team this offseason?
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