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Umenyiora has "nice, long chat" with Giants

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora says he’ll quit football entirely before he’ll return to the team as a backup in 2010. Although the Giants haven’t given Umenyiora any assurances that he will be a starter, Giants General Manager Jerry Reese did sit down and talk with Umenyiora about his concerns.

“They had a nice, long chat,” Umenyiora’s agent, Tony Agnone, told the Star-Ledger. “And they’ll continue to talk. They have a lot to discuss.”

Neither Umenyiora nor Reese has divulged exactly what was said in their nice, long chat, but Agnone indicated that Umenyiora still wants to play as a starter or not at all.

If that’s really the case, there’s a pretty good chance Umenyiora will have to choose “not at all.” The Giants weren’t satisfied with his play through the first 12 weeks of the season, which is why they took him out of the starting lineup and made him a situational pass rusher starting in Week 13.

But if the team holds firm, it’s probably safe to say that Umenyiora will change his mind and play in 2010 even if it’s as a backup with the Giants. Umenyiora’s contract runs through 2012 and will pay him $3.1 million next season. He might be angry in February, but he won’t be angry enough to cost himself close to $200,000 a week in September.

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15 Responses to “Umenyiora has "nice, long chat" with Giants”
  1. Tufdan says: Feb 26, 2010 11:22 AM

    How many guys really play every down anymore in the NFL. They have created such a league of specialists and personnel packages based on situations and offensive formations. Maybe just the definition has to be explored, lots of guys don’t play all three downs these days.

  2. AbeFreshly says: Feb 26, 2010 11:27 AM

    Osi talks out his arse too much. I remember him yapping after the Super Bowl victory (right after the Giants had won the bloody game, as he was giving a postgame interview), Osi blabbed how he was going to boycott the Pro Bowl because he felt indignant that some of his teammates were not voted to play in Hawaii. Even the crew giving the interview were all “Settle down Osi”.
    I can only imagine how much verbal diarrhea his “nice long chat” had.

  3. promin1 says: Feb 26, 2010 11:43 AM

    Umenyiora is the perfect example of why the Giants defense sucked last year. No heart. Perfect Example of alot of people today. Want everything handed to them and do not want to earn anything. You want to be a starter you F-ing clown, then go play like one and shut your mouth. Demanding to start? Ridiculous. If I was the Giants GM, I would laugh in his face and tell him to earn it or I’ll trade you to the Rams. This guy is only a Hall of Famer in his own head. Somebody should tell him the only reason he ever made 2 pro-bowls was because he had a true Hall of Famer, a true leader # 92 on the other side of him.

  4. Manuich1 says: Feb 26, 2010 11:51 AM

    Osi will be traded to St. Louis with a 2nd round pick for the Rams 1st pick. Spaggz loves the guy and he would pair nice with Long and Laurenitus. There going to need a experienced end if Leonard Little doesnt come back.

  5. whocanitbenow says: Feb 26, 2010 11:53 AM

    Let him play the first defensive snap of each game – then he’s the “starter”

  6. moreflagsmorefun says: Feb 26, 2010 11:53 AM

    Abe, stop being a douche, Osi is a stud.
    You should worry about your Ram team
    and what they will do.

  7. skip7 says: Feb 26, 2010 12:10 PM

    Osi was pretty much a non-factor in the Giants’ fading defense this year. He should just shut-up, collect his millions, and play like he should/could be playing.

  8. Krow says: Feb 26, 2010 12:17 PM

    Osi actually is in a contract that averages about $7,000,000 a year. He and his agent have conveniently forgotten that huge signing bonus… don’t they all.

  9. djstat says: Feb 26, 2010 12:17 PM

    Osi was once a Stud. Since the Super Bowl he has done nothing. He missed all of 2008. As a coach, your general rule of thumb is the best players play. So go out and prove to your coaches you are the best player.

  10. footballformula says: Feb 26, 2010 12:24 PM

    Manuich1: Osi & a # 2 for the Rams first pick?
    As a Giants fan, I’ll drive Osi to St. Louis myself for that deal.
    Osi, you want to be a starter? Then play like one.

  11. east96street says: Feb 26, 2010 12:31 PM

    Dear Osi,
    Earn it or STFU.
    NY Giants

  12. Levito says: Feb 26, 2010 12:35 PM

    lol, I’m with footballformula on that one.

  13. Duck Fallas says: Feb 26, 2010 12:39 PM

    Osi was so much better a few years ago, before his enormous arms magically shrunk.

  14. sec114 says: Feb 26, 2010 5:54 PM

    Get him out of here as soon as possible. He will be nothing but trouble. Please J.R. Get what you can for him and the rid the team of a locker room cancer.

  15. Adam says: Mar 5, 2010 6:05 AM

    Manuich1 says:
    February 26, 2010 11:51 AM
    Osi will be traded to St. Louis with a 2nd round pick for the Rams 1st pick. Spaggz loves the guy and he would pair nice with Long and Laurenitus. There going to need a experienced end if Leonard Little doesnt come back.
    Dude…not gonna happen. Would be awesome, though. BUT, Giants need a MLB. BUT, DL line needs work.
    At least we got a QB and WRs.

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