Atlanta Falcons DE Osi Umenyiora to retire at the end of the season


Of all the things the Atlanta Falcons need to address come the 2014 offseason, a new defensive end is now on the list of needs. Zach Klein from WSB sent out this tweet today, surrounding one of the team’s big offseason acquisitions from a couple years ago, stating that defensive end Osi Umenyiora will be retiring at the end of the 2014 NFL season.

The 11-year vet will hang up the helmet come the end of the year, and what a career it was. Osi Umenyiora spent the first nine years of his career with the New York football Giants, where he was a part of the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl championship teams.

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In 27 games with the Falcons, he has 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, 40 tackles and his only interception of his career, which just so happened to be a 68 yard pick six against the St. Louis Rams last year. For his career, in 152 games played (102 starts) he has 85.0 sacks, 35 forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries (all coming with the G-Men), three touchdowns off those fumbles and 301 total tackles.

Umenyiora started 13 games last year, but have yet to start in 2014, despite playing in every game for the Falcons so far. Not bad for a guy who came out of Troy University. It certainly has not been all sunshine and rainbows for Osi Umenyiora and the Atlanta Falcons since he arrived, but a quality career is nearing its end.