- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, making the media rounds Thursday at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, said he'd be interested in the Jets if he doesn't re-sign with the Giants. He will be an unrestricted free agent and, unless he's willing to accept a cut-rate deal, the chances of re-upping with the Giants appear slim.
"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 told the New York 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.''
Obviously, the Jets desperately need an edge rusher like Umenyiora, but he's not a scheme fit for them. At 6-foot-3, 261 pounds, he's better suited as a 4-3 end, not a 3-4 end. The Jets could use him as a situational rusher, but he probably wouldn't be happy in that role. It also wouldn't be cost-effective to give a significant contract to a 31-year-old, part-time player.
Besides, the draft is filled with Osi-type players, and there's a chance the Jets could snag one with the ninth pick and make him an outside linebacker. Possibilities include Jarvis Jones (Georgia), Demontre Moore (Texas A&M), Barkevious Mingo (LSU) and Bjoern Werner (Florida State).
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Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, making the media rounds Thursday at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, said he'd be interested in the Jets if he doesn't re-sign with the Giants.