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Source: Jets contacted Osi Umenyiora before he retired as a Giant

Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants celebrates

Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants celebrates his sack in the final minute against the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC wild-card game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 8 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac / Jim McIsaac

Osi Umenyiora retired as a Giant on Wednesday. But there was a possibility of him holding another kind of press conference very close by instead.

The defensive end was contacted by the Jets on Tuesday, according to a league source. No offer was made, the source said, as the team was updating its list of possible free agents.

"I thought it was pretty ironic," Umenyiora said. "They had six months to do something and then they wait until the day before I'm supposed to retire to say, 'Hey, what's going on?'"

Umenyiora did not name the team that contacted him.

"You guys wouldn't like that," he said to reporters, before changing his mind. "Actually, you probably would. But I'm not going to do that. They don't deserve that."

Umenyiora visited the Jets earlier this year, and he said on Wednesday that he could still play in the NFL. He just had one stipulation.

"I already said to myself that I already know what it's like to play for another franchise and Atlanta was great, no doubt about that," Umenyiora said. "But for me it was either I was going to play for the Giants or I wasn't going to play football at all. Once I became truly aware that the Giants had some young players they needed to develop who play the same position that I would be playing, and if I was there I would do nothing but stunt their growth, once I became aware and I understood that, I said to myself: Why not retire? I'm not going to be a journeyman defensive end, I don't deserve that. I made the decision to do this and thankfully the Giants were gracious enough to let me do this."


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