In an interview with NFL Network, defensive end Osi Umenyiora discussed entering free agency for the first time in his career.
Asked what it feels like, Umenyiora compared it to being recruited out of high school.
“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.”
A divorce between the Giants and Umenyiora appears to be imminent, as the defensive end seeks to be a full-time player. In addition, differing opinions on salary have caused issues in the past.
Still, Umenyiora would not rule out a return to New York and is not limiting his search to only contending squads for the upcoming season.
“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.”
“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 Friday, Umenyiora told USA Today Sports he was poised to be the Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.
“Whatever team I feel like I can help win and will give me a chance to do that, that’s where I’m going. The money is a byproduct of that, you know.”
Umenyiora set the NFL record with 10 forced fumbles in 2010 and has 75 career sacks, including five in 2012.
Rumors have surfaced connecting the two-time Pro Bowler with the Titans, Falcons, Patriots and Seahawks.
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