Osi Umenyiora ready for life after New York Giants

  • By Kareem Copeland
  • Updated: Jan. 1, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora wants to start. And he doesn't want to be used only in passing situations.

The 10-year veteran knows that's probably not happening with the New York Giants.

"I feel fortunate to be able to play 10 years in New York," Umenyiora said on the Michael Kay Show, reported by ESPN New York. "It was a great run. I think now is probably the time to move on. There's really not much left for me to accomplish here in New York. 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. 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."

Umenyiora had 43 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles in 16 games. He only started four.

"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 wanted me back, I think something would have been done before now."

Sure sounds like Umenyiora is gone. He's taken issue with the contract situation in the past and does not like the way he's been rotated in along the line.

"I'm not a situational pass rusher," said Umenyiora, Sporting News reported. "I think that's the word that's been going around me for years because most people don't know what they're talking about.

"But there's no football person who's going to actually sit there and watch tape and not think that I'm a starter in this league, and I'm 100 percent sure of that."