There is no doubt where veteran defensive end Osi Umenyiora wants to be next season.

He owns a home in the Atlanta area. He feels an allegiance to his Falcons teammates. He has tremendous respect for general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith.

"I would love to stay, and I think I am," Umenyiora told ESPN.com. "But you really never know what's going to happen."

Umenyiora knows all about business decisions in the NFL -- and he understood them well before the Falcons released four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel.

Remember, Umenyiora was a game-changing player on two Super Bowl championship teams with the New York Giants, yet he and the Giants couldn't agree on financial terms -- or his desired role -- before parting ways after the 2012 season. He made two Pro Bowls in 10 seasons with the Giants, recording 75 sacks and forcing 32 fumbles over that span.

"My eyes have been opened: I understand the business pretty much as well as anybody in football right now because of a lot of the things that have happened," Umenyiora said. "And I know it's nothing personal."

That's the approach Umenyiora has taken into this offseason as some wonder if he’ll remain in the Falcons' plans. He signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract last offseason, a deal with a max value of $12 million. Umenyiora, who turns 33 in November, is due to count $4.75 million against the salary cap in 2014.