Rumors of the Falcons interest in Umenyiora dates back to Feb. 26th, when the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that the team had been discussing the veteran pass rusher internally. Keep in mind that this was before John Abraham was released on March 1st, making it possible that Atlanta brass may have ultimately had Umenyiora's name in mind when releasing Abraham.
Umenyiora posted six sacks, two forced fumbles and 43 tackles in 2012 and has recently stated that he will win Defensive Player of the Year next season.
"I'm shooting for defensive player of the league this year," Umenyiora, a defensive end for the New York Giants since the team drafted him in 2003, wrote in an e-mail to USA TODAY Sports. "Whatever team I feel like I can help win and will give me a chance to do that, that's where I'm going. The money is a byproduct of that, you know."
Umenyiora went on to write excerpts such as "A goal without a plan is a wish. And I have a plan," as well as "Remember we had this conversation."
The Falcons would also be able to provide Umenyiora with a unique and ideal situation. One in which he will have the opportunity to be a premiere defensive end for one of the leagues worst pass rushing units, while still seriously contending for a title.
Seeing as Umenyiora already lives in Atlanta, it seems as good a place as any to start making his push for Defensive Player of the Year.