As he approaches an offseason full of uncertainty after 10 years with the Giants, Osi Umenyiora said Thursday there’s a chance he could return and finish his career with the team, despite saying shortly after the season it was “probably time to move on,” Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York reports.
“There’s a chance, absolutely,” Umenyiora told reporters in New Orleans on Thursday. “Of course (there) is. Hopefully that’ll happen. I prefer to finish out my career there. But there’s a lot of things in play here. It’s not going to be totally my decision. They’re going to have some decisions to make also. It’s going to be a collective effort. My agent’s going to have his say. Hopefully things will work out there. I prefer to stay there.”
Umenyiora has played out his contract and will be a free agent. The defensive end told the New York Post that while his “preference is to return” to the Giants, his agent will be contacting a couple of teams at a later time.
Umenyiora did not rule out the New York Jets as one of those teams.
“Rex Ryan, when I was coming out of college he was with Baltimore at the time and he came down to work me out at Troy, he came to Atlanta, just me and him,” Umenyiora said when asked about the Jets by the Post. “We had a pretty good time out there so I’ve always enjoyed him as a coach and as a person. That might be a good fit. Hopefully it will be with the Giants.”
Umenyiora told reporters that his decision on where he will play next season will not be “solely based on money.”
“Honestly, man, I think not only do I want to get something financially, but I want a chance to prove I am who I say I am,” he said. “Wherever I get the best opportunity to do that is I think where I’m going to go. Hopefully that’ll be in New York.”