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Umenyiora adds savvy to Falcons
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Osi Umenyiora is looking for another ring, this time with the Atlanta Falcons.
The free-agent defensive end Thursday signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with Atlanta. Umenyiora won two Super Bowl championships in his 10 years with the New York Giants. He said the Falcons may have the most talent of any team he has seen but may have needed more Super Bowl experience.
"A lot of times, being able to get to that game or win that game is not even about the coaches or the organization," Umenyiora said. "This team is the most talented team I've seen in my life, probably. But it's not going to be about coaching. It's going to be about what the players are able to do, and you need that veteran leadership. You need guys who have been in those games and can tell you about exactly what happened."
The Falcons made the playoffs four of the last five years, but their first-round win over Seattle this year was the team's only postseason win in that span. Umenyiora, 31, said as soon as he reached an agreement with Atlanta on Wednesday he felt "an immediate sense of responsibility" to share his postseason experience to help the Falcons reach the Super Bowl.
"I do bring the fact that I've won some Super Bowls and I know exactly what it took to get there," he said.
Umenyiora's production declined in recent years. He had only six sacks for the Giants in 2012, when he started only four of 16 games. He had 55 tackles, five for losses, and one forced fumble.
He had a career-high 14½ sacks in 2005, when he was a first-team All-Pro selection. He has reached double figures in sacks only one of the last four years -- 11½ in 2010.
With New York, Umenyiora was part of a rotation at defensive end with Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck.
"Obviously they had some very good football players there with Jason coming in and Justin Tuck being who he is," he said. "Obviously, I wasn't able to play as much as I would have liked. There's just no way you can put all of us on the field at the same time.''
Playing time for Umenyiora shouldn't be a problem with the Falcons, who released veteran defensive end John Abraham on March 1. Abraham led the team with 10 sacks last season. Defensive end Kroy Biermann was second on the Falcons with only 4 sacks.
Umenyiora said he had interest from other teams but made no other visits after talking with Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. A big attraction for Umenyiora is Atlanta has been his offseason home for 10 years.
Eagles add Geathers: The Indianapolis Colts have acquired fullback Stanley Havili in a trade with Philadelphia in exchange for defensive end Clifton Geathers.
Havili was Philadelphia's seventh-round draft pick in 2011 and had six rushes for 22 yards and one TD in 15 games with the Eagles. Geathers had five tackles and his first career sack with Indy last season after being promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Oct. 9.
Indy also says Jeff Linkenbach, a restricted free agent, signed his qualifying offer. He has played in all 48 regular-season games since the Colts signed him in 2010.
Martin, Dolphins agree: Defensive lineman Vaughn Martin signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Miami Dolphins after starting the past two seasons with the San Diego Chargers.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Martin played end in the Chargers' 3-4 scheme but likely will move to tackle in the Dolphins' 4-3 defense.
Huff to Ravens: After being released by the Oakland Raiders last week as part of a salary-cap purge, free safety Michael Huff signed a three-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday.
He's the fourth defensive player signed by the Super Bowl champions this offseason, following Elvis Dumervil, Chris Canty and Marcus Spears.
Tapp to Redskins: The Washington Redskins have signed free-agent linebacker Darryl Tapp.
Tapp has played seven NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles. He has been a backup for the last three seasons with the Eagles. He has 24 career sacks in 103 games.
Childress joins Chiefs: The Kansas City Chiefs have hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress, reuniting him with Andy Reid.
Childress, who spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, will be the Chiefs' spread game analyst and work on special projects.