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.”
He mentioned quarterback Matt Ryan, tight end Tony Gonzalez, newly signed running back Steve Jackson and receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones as other talented veteran leaders. He said he also was impressed the team re-signed offensive tackle Sam Baker and safety William Moore.
The Falcons made the playoffs in 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 he felt “an immediate sense of responsibility” to share his postseason experience to help the Falcons reach the Super Bowl.
Chiefs hire Childress
The Kansas City Chiefs hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress, reuniting him with Andy Reid. Childress, who spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Browns, will be the Chiefs’ spread game analyst and work on special projects.
He spent five years as the Minnesota coach (2006-10), a stint that included two division titles (2008-09). The team was 12-4 in 2009.
Childress previously spent seven seasons (1999-2005) with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he worked with Reid, the new Chiefs coach. Childress coached the quarterbacks for the first three years and spent the final four as offensive coordinator.
Colts pick up fullback
The Indianapolis Colts acquired fullback Stanley Havili in a trade with Philadelphia in exchange for defensive end Clifton Geathers.
The 6-foot, 245-pound Havili gives the Colts their first true fullback in years and should help the new offense under first-year coordinator Pep Hamilton.
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.
Keeping options open
Free agent tight end Fred Davis intends to continue weighing his options after meeting with the Buffalo Bills for a second time.
Davis visited the Bills’ facility Thursday after dining with team officials last weekend. He hasn’t ruled out re-signing with Washington and also plans to visit the New York Jets.
Davis has 155 catches for 1,973 yards and 12 touchdowns in five seasons with the Redskins.
Around the league
The New England Patriots signed free agent wide receiver Michael Jenkins. The Patriots lost their top two receivers from last season when Wes Welker, who had 118 catches, signed with the Denver Broncos, and Brandon Lloyd, who had 74 receptions, was released. They’ve added free agents Danny Amendola from the St. Louis Rams and Donald Jones from the Buffalo Bills. ... The Washington Redskins signed free-agent linebacker Darryl Tapp, who has played seven NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles. ... New Orleans General Manager Mickey Loomis says the Saints and free agent linebacker Victor Butler agreed to terms on a two-year contract.... Defensive lineman Vaughn Martin signed a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins after starting the past two seasons with the San Diego Chargers. ... The Chicago Bears say running back Armando Allen signed his exclusive rights tender.