With the 2014 Free Agency period looming right ahead, it seems that the struggling Atlanta Falcons are looking to get some more cash handy, as according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, the team is asking defensive end Osi Umenyiora to take a pay cut.
Falcons are asking DE Osi Umenyiora to take a pay cut, source tells @FOXSports1. Slated to make $3.5m in ’14. We’ll see how this resolves.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 6, 2014
Despite the absences on offense last season which were used as a partial excuse for the lackluster season, it was clear throughout that the team could use some help in a few areas on the field, and Umenyiora taking a pay cut could free up the cash to help them out with that.
Back in March of 2013, Umenyiora signed a two-year deal with the team worth in the area of $8.5 million. As Garafolo stated, the defensive standout was slated to make 3.5 of that this year.
Last season in his first year with the organization after starting out with the New York Giants, Umenyiora recorded 47 total tackles and 7.5 sacks.