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Reports: DE Umenyiora headed to Falcons

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Free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora is on the verge of joining the Atlanta Falcons, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

"We're in the process of having discussions with his representatives," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "There's nothing new to report at this point. We have a solid relationship with CAA (Creative Artists Agency, Umenyiora's representatives), and our discussions are fluid and amicable."

Umenyiora, 31, spent 10 years with the New York Giants, though he sat out the 2008 season following knee surgery. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time Super Bowl champion during his time in New York. In 2010, he forced 10 fumbles, an NFL record that was matched last season by the Chicago Bears' Charles Tillman.

Umenyiora started four of 16 games for New York in 2012, registering 43 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles. For his career, he has 75 sacks and 32 forced fumbles.

"New York fans definitely expect a lot out of you because of their history," Umenyiora told Atlanta radio station 92.9 The Game. "There was nothing better than to be able to win there. The only thing I can think of that would be better than being able to win in New York would be to be able to win here in Atlanta. We'll see how that plays out. Hopefully, it works out in a positive direction."

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