- Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer
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Osi Umenyiora has a few requirements as he enters free agency for the first time.
He wants to join a team that will need him in order to win. And a team that will give him the best opportunity to become the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
It would be anybody that I think would need me to help them win," Umenyiora said on NFL Network of the kind of team he is looking to join. "And anyone who is going to put me in a situation to win Defensive Player of the Year, which is what I am going to do this year.”
Of course, in order to win that award, Umenyiora would need to see plenty of snaps. So he's going to want to go to a team that will give him plenty of playing time and also pay him as well.
Umenyiora will be looking to test the free agent market for the first time and he admits he is nervous.
“It is a little strange I have never been through this," Umenyiora said. "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.”
Agents of free agents can begin negotiating with teams starting midnight Friday into Saturday. Umenyiora says he would like to return to the Giants if all things are equal.
"No question about it," Umenyiora said. "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," he later added. "I would like to go to a situation where I am able to win. 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.”