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Jets GM explains Osi Umenyiora's visit

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora speaks to reporters in

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora speaks to reporters in Flowery Branch, Ga., after signing a a two-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. (March 28, 2013) Credit: AP

Mike Maccagnan let out a laugh as soon as the question was asked.

News of Osi Umenyiora's visit to Florham Park on Wednesday raised eyebrows among Jets and Giants fans alike. But Maccagnan made it clear it wasn't a planned sitdown.

"I think Osi actually stopped by to say 'Hi' to [head coach] Todd [Bowles] on a social visit yesterday," the Jets general manager said Thursday on a conference call. "I think he was in our building for a whole 10 minutes. I actually didn't even know he was here until later in the day when somebody asked me about it."

During his years with the Giants, Umenyiora amassed 75 sacks in nine seasons. But the 33-year-old defensive end had just 2.5 sacks and 12 tackles in 2014, his second season with Atlanta. And now the two-time Super Bowl champion is looking for his next stop.

But will Umenyiora ultimately end up with the Jets?

Maccagnan said he'll keep an eye on the former Giant, along with other free agents.

"I think Osi, like all the players in free agency right now, we're definitely reviewing," Maccagnan said, adding that the Jets simply followed procedure by alerting the league to Umenyiora's visit. "There's still value out there in the free agency market. But Osi is somebody we'll probably talk about internally and make a determination if we want to go forward with that. He was actually, I believe, stopping by on his way to the airport.

"...Just to make sure everybody is on the same page, it was not a visit we had sort of set up in advance."

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