The Falcons are hanging on to Osi Umenyiora.
Despite reports that Atlanta would ask the veteran pass rusher to take a pay cut to keep his roster spot, general manager Thomas Dimitroff says that isn’t so, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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The Falcons don’t plan to restructure deals for Umenyiora or fellow defensive end Kroy Biermann, Dimitroff told the newspaper.
Due $2.5 million this year with a cap figure of $4.75 million, Umenyioria won over the front office last season after piling up 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles as a situational quarterback chaser down the stretch for Atlanta’s less-than-stellar defensive front.
We expect that unit to improve in 2014 after Dimitroff added defensive end Tyson Jackson and nose tackle Paul Soliai.
Umenyiora is in decline, but he and Biermann will benefit specifically from the presence of Soliai, a space-eating run-stuffer who hit the open market as an underrated gem out of Miami.
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