Osi Umenyiora bids farewell to New York: "now is probably the time to move on"

New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora is now a free agent, and he sees the writing on the wall concerning whether the Giants will want him back next year.

As we ring in the new year, it's apparently time to let old acquaintance be forgot, according to Umenyiora.

"I feel fortunate to be able to play 10 years in New York," he said on the Michael Kay Show, via 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."

Osi has made it clear that he's not just a guy they can throw in only on passing siutations. He wants to start, something he can do in a new uniform. He had 43 tackles, 6 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in 16 games, but only started in 4 of those games.

"I'm not a situational pass rusher," he said, via the Sporting News. "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."

"I've earned the right to be a free agent,... 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."

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