Falcons making ‘strong push’ for former Giant Osi Umenyiora

With a void at the defensive end position, the Atlanta Falcons — a team that fell one game shy of making the Super Bowl this season — could look to a two-time champion for some help.

Atlanta is making a strong push to sign former Giants DE Osi Umenyiora, according to ESPN’s Adam Shefter, to help their pass rush in the absence of John Abraham.

The Falcons finished 28th in the league in sacks last year with 28, 10 of which came from the now departed Abraham, who also is a free agent this off-season.

Umenyiora sacked opposing quarterbacks six times in 2012 with New York. With smaller contracts given to the top pass-rushers on the market — Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, both of whom signed short-term deals with Seattle — Umenyiora likely won’t receive the type of deal he had hoped for.

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