Osi: Weighing all options in Free Agency

Posted Mar 9, 2013

Osi Umenyiora met with NFL Network to talk about about free agency and if he would like to return to Big Blue

On entering NFL free agency for the first time:
“It is a little strange. I have never been through this. Even in college I wasn’t actively recruited by anybody. I am a little scared, a little nervous, a little excited, some trepidation. I am feeling all kinds of things right now.”

On if the New York Giants offer is equal to other offers, are the Giants his first choice:
No question about it. I’d love to return there, that is home. I have spent a third of my life there in New York but there are a lot of things that are going to have to go on, a lot of people they are going to have to take care of. It is going to be a tough situation. This is my first chance at free agency so I have to go see what is out there.”

On if he would have to go to a team that made the playoffs in 2012:
“No, because there are teams that did not make the playoffs this year that might be in the Super Bowl next year as evidence of things that has happened to the New York Giants. It wouldn’t have to be a playoff team. It would be anybody that I think would need me to help them win and anyone who is going to put me in a situation to win Defensive Player of the Year, which is what I am going to do this year.”

On what situation he is looking to go to:
“I am open to any situation right now. I would like to go to a situation where I am able to win. That is a cliché..but I really mean that. Wherever puts me in a situation to go out there and showcase my skill and help them win is where I want to go.”

On pass rushers being categorized as ‘situational players/specialists’:
“It is ridiculous. Right now in the NFL is throwing the ball six out of 10 times, sometimes seven out of 10. Then you have a guy who is a great – or very good – pass rusher and you put him in the field for three of those 10 situations? That doesn’t make any sense. You are losing money, losing value there. I think in today’s NFL, those guys who play the run exceptionally well should be the situational players not the pass rusher. You need to have the pass rushers on the field all the time.”

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