Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reports that the Falcons are asking Osi Umenyiora to take a pay cut.
Osi isn't likely to want to give back any of his 2014 salary given that he was still productive in 2013 (47 tackles, 7.5 sacks). The Falcons needs pass rushers so it remains to be seen if it's wise for the Falcons to take the risk of alienating the player they really need. Osi is due $3.5 million in the coming season. ANALYST: Ray Flowers
Devin Hester (toe) has been cleared to return from injury in Week 13.
Hester has been on short-term IR all year with the toe injury and has finally been cleared to return. Considering the offensive struggles for the Falcons, he may be used as more than just a return man. There's been little help opposite Julio Jones so perhaps Hester will get a crack at some extra snaps. He certainly couldn't do worse than what the team has there right now. Of course, Matt Ryan still has to wake up as well. Analysis: Howard Bender