At one time the defensive line was the NY Giants strength. But through free agency that strength it could be argued isn't nearly as strong. Last year it was Dave Tollefson. This off year among other losses count Chris Canty. Now it seems only  a matter of hours before Osi  Umenyiora becomes an ex-Giant.

The Atlanta Falcons appear on the verge of signing Umenyiora to a new contract. Falcs GM Thomas Dimitroff described the discussions as "fluid and amicable."

Like most of the defensive line last season was a down year for Osi. His production has dropped from a career high 11.5 sacks in 2010 to only 5 last season. He also helped force an astounding 10 fumbles in 2010, a high number for any player.

Umenyiora and the Giants have often had tense negotiations but have worked a deal. This time that appears to not be the case. Osi is from the Atlanta area so it would be like going home again. In fact in a radio interview in Atlanta last week Umenyiora told the hosts on Atlanta's 92.9 fm, the Game

" There was nothing better then being able to win there ( meaning New York), the only thing I can think of, for myself personally, better then winning in New York is winning here in Atlanta, my home, so we will see how that goes. Hopefully it goes in a positive direction."

The Giants did add defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins as a free agent from rival Philadelphia this off-season.

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