Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora knows that his time in New York is about to come to an end once he becomes a free agent when the new league year begins on March 12th.
“I feel fortunate to be able to play 10 years in New York,” Umenyiora said on The Michael Kay Show, via ESPNNewYork.com. “It was a great run. I think now is probably time to move on.”
“There’s really not much left for me to accomplish here in New York,” Umenyiora said of the timing of moving on to another team. “Look at things that have been done here, what is there that is to be done that I haven’t done?
“We won a championship twice,” he continued. “I think I’ve been a Pro Bowl player. Everything has pretty much gone better than I could have imagined in New York. So if there is a time to leave, it probably would be now but there is no telling what would happen.”
“I’ve earned the right to be a free agent,” Umenyiora said. “It’s been 10 years. I signed a seven-year deal and they made me play out all seven of those years. If they (the Giants) wanted me back, I think something would have been done before now.”
There’s no doubt that teams will be interested in Umenyiora, but they’re not going to be willing to pay him the money he might be looking for. He’s approaching his mid-30’s and is really on the back-end of his career.