Potential New York Jets Free Agent: Osi Umenyiora

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December 3, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) throws a pass while being hit by New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora (72) at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The peak of Osi Umenyiora’s career was from the year 2005-2007, when he posted sack totals of 14.5, 6, and 13 respectively, for a total of 33.5. He certainly was one of the top pass rushers in the game at that point. Then, he missed the entire 2008 due to injury. He has not been the same player since returning, posting a sack total of over 10 only once in the four years since he has been back. It took him four years to put up the 33.5 sacks that he put up in the three years prior to the injury.

No, these totals aren’t bad, but remember, he is also 31 years old. He has played for 10 years, he is clearly on the other side of the mountain, as they say. This is the other side of his career, he is not going to get better, he will get worse and slower.

Although he was on the field for over 600 snaps in 2012, he graded out quite poorly, with an overall grade of 0.7. He was also outside the top 20 in pass rushing efficiency, with a pass rush rating of 8.6. In comparison, players that took part in many more pass rush snaps than Umenyiora, such as John Abraham, had higher ratings than Osi. Abraham’s rating in the pass rush was 10.7, for example. Cameron Wake led all defensive ends with a 12.9 rating.

So, should the Jets look into a pretty good pass rusher, that has spent his career with his hand in the dirt, and has not been the same player since an injury? If he were younger I would find it a better idea. But being that this player is 31 years old, my feeling is that the Jets should go elsewhere here, via draft or younger players in free agency.

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