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Osi Umenyiora blasts “hypocrisy” of his critics

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Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora says he’s tired of being criticized for wanting a new contract by people who say he should play out the contract he signed — especially if those same people don’t criticize the Giants for failing to let players play out the length of their contracts.

In an e-mail to the Associated Press, Umenyiora noted that when the Giants felt that Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert were no longer playing up to the level of their pay, the team cut those two veterans. But when a player like Umenyiora feels that he’s out-playing his contract, he’s criticized for seeking a raise.

What really annoys me is the hypocrisy of people clamoring for my head for asking for a new deal or to be traded,” Umenyiora wrote. “Saying I have 2 years left on my deal. These contracts only mean something to us? Where is O’Hara? Where is Seubert? True inspirational football players. They were cut after being injured. They have years left on their deal.”

Umenyiora says that in the NFL, contracts are a one-way street: Players are supposed to honor them, but teams aren’t.

“The fact is in the business we are in, if you get injured, or they feel like you underperformed, they cut you without hesitation,” Umenyiora said. “But if you clearly outplay your contract, and ask for something to be done, you’re a bad guy and not a team player. It’s ridiculous.”

Umenyiora also seems bothered by the six-year, $72 million contract the Panthers gave to Charles Johnson.

“How does a guy who had one good year [no disrespect to Charles Johnson] sign a deal and make more than both me and [Justin] Tuck combined?” Umenyiora wrote in the e-mail. “It’s not right.”

Although the Giants have given Umenyiora permission to seek a trade, Umenyiora says he still would like to think things can get worked out with the Giants.

“I hope there is a chance,” Umenyiora said of staying with the Giants. “But who knows?”

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  1. jenniferxxx says: Aug 1, 2011 6:23 PM

    Hasta la vista Osi…

  2. wryly1 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:25 PM

    Time missed due to injury has caused Umenyiora to under-produce throughout most of his career, but I never realized till the past week why he was not a Rhodes Scholar. For a man in his 30’s to still be such a dumbass is inexcusable.

  3. geeeeemen says: Aug 1, 2011 6:26 PM

    I mean, he is right. Teams cut players for any number of reasons before the contract is up.

    But he is wrong on one thing. Charles Johnson definitely deserves more than Osi and Tuck combined!!!

  4. zeussuperman says: Aug 1, 2011 6:26 PM

    “Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team honestly”

  5. mnavia2 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:27 PM

    The man is 100% right. He had a great year last year and deserves an upgrade for 3 years or so. I’m a Ravens fan and would love to see him come to Baltimore but not for a first round pick. Do some magic Ozzie and make this happen without giving up that first round pick!!!

  6. tommyf15 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:28 PM

    Umenyiora says that in the NFL, contracts are a one-way street: Players are supposed to honor them, but teams aren’t.

    He’s right.

    We never see holdouts in baseball or basketball because they have a fair, two-way street system.

  7. vbe2 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:28 PM

    Soft… third best on his team…

  8. tundey says: Aug 1, 2011 6:29 PM

    I don’t know about Charles Johnson but Osi is right about contracts being 1-way street in the NFL.

  9. prior0knowledge says: Aug 1, 2011 6:29 PM

    I agree with him 100%. NFL is a business and you are only paid for your future worth, not your past performance. Strike while the iron is hot. If he waits, he will get stiffed.

  10. fmwarner says: Aug 1, 2011 6:29 PM

    Osi needs to wake up and realize that people aren’t calling him out because he wants to restructure. Nobody begrudges Arian Foster, DeSean Jackson or Chris Johnson a new contract.

    They’re calling him out because he’s already overpaid and wants more.

  11. youalldrinkhaterade says: Aug 1, 2011 6:30 PM

    He’s got a point here…

  12. tialen says: Aug 1, 2011 6:30 PM

    You preach it brother. If the teams can opt out, the players should be able to also.

  13. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 1, 2011 6:31 PM

    Osi, you weren’t even 3 years into your rookie contract when the Giants saw to give you a 6-year, $41 million extension. Think about that. You were playing with a Hall of Fame DE on the opposite end of you every snap, but the Giants said, “You know what, this kid deserves more money.” So they rewarded you with a very rare and early contract extension.

    Do I think Osi deserves an extension? Definitely. I would much rather we extend him than trade him. But I guess every Giants fan wants to know, “How much is enough?” I feel like we go through this every year…. I just want it to end already.

  14. supashug says: Aug 1, 2011 6:32 PM

    Mr Osi, Ravens on line 1

  15. aguess8888 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:33 PM

    If the price is right, the browns need to trade for this guy.

  16. bzeagle says: Aug 1, 2011 6:33 PM

    Umenyiora needs to Shut up cuz when when good players get paid they tend to soften up *Albert Haynesworth* stay hungry till the contract u have is up, then hunt for a new 1

  17. rickycubane says: Aug 1, 2011 6:33 PM

    oh osi… why do you have to hate on charels johnson? its not his fault he has a stupid GM who throws money around like he doesnt know the value of it.. stop looking at everyone elses money and worry about showing up on game day.. if you do your gonna get paid

  18. norcaleagles says: Aug 1, 2011 6:33 PM

    ZUESSUPERMAN, You beat me to the punch. And how is int “not right” for Johnson to be getting paid so much? You’re in 2 totally different organizations that value their players differently. Apparently the panthers value Johnson very highly. Osi’s value with the giants?. . . . .not so high. Besides, Osi isnt even a 3 down D-lineman.

  19. Thiergow says: Aug 1, 2011 6:35 PM

    I am a Giants fan and I tend to agree with McCoy each time Osi opens his mouth.

    Let’s get rid of him for a 2nd round pick.

  20. darthhitman says: Aug 1, 2011 6:35 PM

    Do contracts need to be honored or don’t they? We know Osi’s opinion…let’s now ask Mike Brown

  21. t16rich says: Aug 1, 2011 6:35 PM

    Osi yaps his mouth so much you would think he’s taking Lesean McCoys role of Lady Gaga.

  22. dcbassguy says: Aug 1, 2011 6:36 PM

    I’d be glad to see him leave the NFC East.

  23. ntr0py says: Aug 1, 2011 6:36 PM

    Players CHOOSE to sign contracts that can be terminated by the team and not the player.

    They do this because:

    1. The one sided contracts pay them MUCH more money than a fully guaranteed contract and

    2. Players are confident in their abilities

    If a TEAM refused to honor a contract, it would be slapped down by the league in a millisecond.

    Osi is refusing to honor his contract. That is hardly similar to a team exercising the termination clause in a negotiated contract.

  24. nfl25 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:36 PM

    Ok, how bout this. instead of giving out 30-50 million dollar contracts that are not guaranteed. Lets just make them 10-20 million guaranteed. But you cant have it both ways.

    or how bout u just shut up and play. im sure u can get by on what u r making. trent cole is better and makes 3 mill a year

  25. hpeters77 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:39 PM

    two thumbs up, your right

  26. snnyjcbs says: Aug 1, 2011 6:40 PM

    The old game of you are free to try and find a Team that wants you but we will ask a price that no trade will ever get done.

    The guy is right, it is a business and the owners want the right to tear up a contract upon injury or drop off but a player that shows year in and year out he is a top talent they sell the, “There is no I in Team”, it is a joke.

    Get your money while you can.

  27. section731 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:40 PM

    I completely agree with the premise of his argument for guys on their first contract.

    But for guys who get huge signing bonuses and then seem to forget about them when the actual yearly number isn’t high – I disagree.

  28. bluester111 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:41 PM

    If you truly felt that way Osi, why did you settle your anti-trust case?

  29. ham1 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:41 PM

    Even my kids know “life aint fair” Its the first rule and it covers alot of area. Why cant I have this? Why cant I do that? Grow up manchild.

  30. terrellblowens says: Aug 1, 2011 6:42 PM

    He has a point… but I would never give up a 1st for this dude. Totally overrated and too much for a guy that turns 30 in the middle of the season

  31. fillyfan9988 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:42 PM

    29 Years old.52 QB sacks previous 5 seasons.11.5 sacks 2010.Great work.PAY him !

  32. domeunit says: Aug 1, 2011 6:42 PM

    supashug says:
    Aug 1, 2011 6:32 PM
    Mr Osi, Ravens on line 1
    ————————–
    No thanks, we have no need for some whining malcontent who likes to complain about other people making more money than him.

  33. logics71 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:42 PM

    I totally feel where he’s coming from. It’s more clear when it’s explained like that. If traded, he would be a good addition for the Jets. I dont know if they brought back DE Ellis, and they cut loose Gholston. Osi would be a good fit with a team badly in need of a pass rusher.

  34. CKL says: Aug 1, 2011 6:43 PM

    I can’t speak for anyone else, but I just hate the public contract whining stuff. Period.
    Rodney Harrison signed a typical “washed up low risk FA” deal in 03, played out of his MIND i o3-04 and was a huge part of the D the rest of his career there and never once bitched about his contract. I think they gave him a bump after o3 but he never once complained about his money. I miss those old school guys.
    I don’t begrudge these guys for getting paid however much someone will pay them but when you are making millions to play a kids’ game you have to try to realize that whining about it through the media when your audience is a bunch of people who fill your stadium on Sundays and all put together don’t make in one year what you do you ain’t gonna make most fans sympathetic to you. It’s like a supermodel whining that some designer was too cheap to give her the clothes from her photo shoot.

  35. 9ersfaithful says: Aug 1, 2011 6:45 PM

    “Umenyiora says that in the NFL, contracts are a one-way street: Players are supposed to honor them, but teams aren’t.”

    —————————————————

    So much truth in this statement.

  36. kingjoe1 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:45 PM

    I thougth what annoyed him is that he wants more money and they won’t give it to him.

    You know what is just as bad as hypocrisy? Trying to manipulate people into feeling bad for you.

  37. bigjd says: Aug 1, 2011 6:46 PM

    Seema like the Giants have to listen to him complain every year.

  38. andyreidisfat says: Aug 1, 2011 6:48 PM

    I guess i am not understanding something are the Ravens switching to the 4-3 this year ??? You Ravens fans do understand that if you had osi you would have Two rush linebackers with zero cover skills right ?? Also why waste a pick you already have Kindle who is finally ready to play. Wouldn’t you rather check him before your team wastes a pick on a guy who can’t fit on your team ???

    Unless they were just going to use him in passing situations like in nickle and dime, but that seems like steep price for a part time player. I mean at least a second round pick and atleast 10 mill a year. Then you get the headache because Osi is making more than Suggs and suggs is much better or Lewis or one of the other greats on that team. I am surprised Ravens fans arn’t more into grabbing Assante Samuel as he is an upgrade to what you have and can help tutor Jimmy Smith if he stays outs of trouble. It would most likely cost you one of your tackles or a first but i would think that would put the Ravens closer to the promise land.. just sayin.

  39. pappysarcasm says: Aug 1, 2011 6:49 PM

    1-800-WAAAAAAA

    “We never see holdouts in baseball or basketball because they have a fair, two-way street system.”

    ……and MLB and NBA are in a great financial state because of it, right? The CBA was just concluded for 10 more years Osi. I guess your options is to quit find a regular job, or….!

  40. jakek2 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:49 PM

    pay him

  41. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 1, 2011 6:50 PM

    Osi is soft and overatted.

  42. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Aug 1, 2011 6:52 PM

    The Patriots could use this guy in the Week 12 matchup against the Eagles.

  43. domeunit says: Aug 1, 2011 6:53 PM

    Gotta love the people sitting there going “yeah man get yours, just tryin to get paid” blah blah….he got a raise for playing well…a very very fair raise, and now he’s complaining because down the road guys made more money. Now the Giants want him to play out the legally binding agreement that he signed, and he should.

  44. jpb12 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:53 PM

    NFLPA still negotiating?

  45. wizahdry says: Aug 1, 2011 6:55 PM

    The man is right. He has to try and capitalize on the recent sucess in the Not For Long. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot he can do especially now since his union agreed to limit the amount of time players can hold out to just a few weeks.

  46. jnbnet says: Aug 1, 2011 6:56 PM

    Umenyiora says that in the NFL, contracts are a one-way street: Players are supposed to honor them, but teams aren’t.

    =================================
    That’s right Sherlock. If you can’t preform, you get cut. Guess you rather have a team full of has-bens who take up space on the roster and dwell in the divisional celler. Football is a tough bussiness and if you can’t cut it, find something else to do.

  47. quirtevans says: Aug 1, 2011 6:56 PM

    “Players CHOOSE to sign contracts that can be terminated by the team and not the player.

    They do this because:

    1. The one sided contracts pay them MUCH more money than a fully guaranteed contract and

    2. Players are confident in their abilities

    If a TEAM refused to honor a contract, it would be slapped down by the league in a millisecond.

    Osi is refusing to honor his contract. That is hardly similar to a team exercising the termination clause in a negotiated contract.”

    ^
    ^
    ^

    That.

  48. upperdecker19 says: Aug 1, 2011 6:57 PM

    Suddenly, Shady McCoy appears credible.

    If Osi isn’t complaining….he isn’t talking.

  49. gmen4ever says: Aug 1, 2011 6:59 PM

    Dear 72,

    Here is why you are wrong:

    Players have equal leverage before they sign their contracts not after. But if you play poorly you don’t need to take a pay cut but you risk getting released. In your case you missed 16 games in 08, had a decent 09, and played great in 2010. No one asked you to take a cut in 08 or 09…Why? Because your future years were promising enough for the Giants to wait out the down years.

    So now you want a massive raise after a good season? How about you throw a hissy fit, get traded, tarnish your legacy, get a huge deal, blow out your hip, and finish your career with the redskins?

    You signed a good deal when you signed it. It was a huge risk for the giants but now they look smart. You on the other hand not so much. Shut up and play or go away.

  50. 44kyle says: Aug 1, 2011 7:00 PM

    In essence, Osi is saying the Giants are paying his teammates too much. The Giants are at the cap max now and don’t have anything left to give him an increase. Who’s pay do you want to take away, Osi?

  51. tommyf15 says: Aug 1, 2011 7:01 PM

    pappysarcasm says:

    “We never see holdouts in baseball or basketball because they have a fair, two-way street system.”

    ……and MLB and NBA are in a great financial state because of it, right?

    MLB certainly is. The mere fact that I have to point that out to you demonstrates that you don’t know what you’re talking about.

  52. maninmo says: Aug 1, 2011 7:01 PM

    If the contract was so bad, why did he sign it in the first place?

  53. bleedgreen says: Aug 1, 2011 7:01 PM

    I hate when people say ‘They get paid to play a kids game!’ Its not a kids game. When you have t work out and practice and travel and only have 1 day a week off, and you generally spend that rehabbing the dings and dents you pick up that week, thats not a game. They get compensated for it too. Playing football is not a game in the NFL. Just like if you enjoy playing with computers at home, a person that does it for a living in a large company that has 24/7 on call with revenue generating client facing systems, its not a game anymore either.

  54. revischrist says: Aug 1, 2011 7:02 PM

    But Ost can’t possibly be right. According to most on this site the owners are all honest upstanding business men and the players are all overpaid crybabies.

  55. theytukrjobs says: Aug 1, 2011 7:04 PM

    Here’s the rub.

    Anyone who talks about how it is a one or two way street is a shlub. The player gets the best contract he possibly can at the time. He knows damn well the team can tear it up any time they want. It is too late to complain about that.

    However, the team also knows damn well that players who outperform contracts often sit out for more money. And let’s face it, for a lot of guys it gets them money that playing would NOT have gotten them.

    Sitting out or cutting a guy doesn’t make a player or team bad people. It just makes them competitive businessmen that look out for themselves.

  56. kingjoe1 says: Aug 1, 2011 7:06 PM

    Hey guess what people, it is not a two way street. The players dont have to give back their signing bonus when they get cut and can go earn a living with another team.

    Everyone who has a 3rd grade education or better(probably 60% of the folks posting here) understand NFL contracts throw years on the backend to distribute the signing bonus over a greater number of years. If the player is truly worthy, they don’t get cut.

    Additionally didn’t we just listen to 5 months of whining from these players? Shutup and play or go get a real job.

  57. phillyphever says: Aug 1, 2011 7:07 PM

    Will someone please put a muzzle on this nutjob already? We get it Osi, you want more money. Guess what, so does the rest of America but most of us don’t whine like you to get it.

  58. laeaglefan says: Aug 1, 2011 7:10 PM

    Osi has a point regarding one sided contracts and the fact that only the players are expected to play them out for the entire term. But if they are so unfair, then why didn’t the NFLPA make an issue of that in the new CBA? From what I can gather, the players don’t mind getting all of that guaranteed money up front, with no obligation to give any of it back when they don’t perform up to the level of the contract. The problem is that the contracts are usually so heavily backloaded that it becomes prohibitive for the team to pay all of the higher salaries and roster bonuses that come due in the latter years of the deal, so they’d rather cut the player instead.

  59. green41563 says: Aug 1, 2011 7:14 PM

    The contract process is fine. When the player signs the contract, both the player and the team know that he can be cut at any time. THAT is the point of non-guaranteed contracts. So there’s nothing unfair about it.

    Every NFL contract is essentially a one-year deal for the guaranteed money along with team options to bring the player back for X number of years at an option price amounting to the “base salary.”

    Besides, don’t you realize that the non-guaranteed contract is really the biggest difference between the NFL and a moribund, unwatchable NBA?

  60. bukes111 says: Aug 1, 2011 7:15 PM

    The reason why Osi’s flipping out is because he claims the Giants promised to re-negotiate the deal by his third year.

    ________________________________

    In that affidavit, Umenyiora swore that back in 2008 Reese promised him that by now, “if I was currently playing at a high level, we’d either renegotiate my current contract so that it would be equal to that of the top five defensive ends playing or I would be traded to a team that would do that.”

    _________________________________

    As far as Osi’s current comments are concerned, he can negotiate a gauranteed contract, but would have to take less money. See Peyon and Plaxico’s contracts.

  61. Topher says: Aug 1, 2011 7:19 PM

    Charlie Johnson signed for $72m?!?

    Ha ha ha ha ha!

  62. radrntn says: Aug 1, 2011 7:23 PM

    gotta admit he would look pretty darn good in silver and black.

  63. tommyf15 says: Aug 1, 2011 7:24 PM

    kingjoe1 says:
    Additionally didn’t we just listen to 5 months of whining from these players?

    No, but I just read about twenty seconds of whining from you.

    Please remember- whining about the player’s alleged whining makes you a whiner, like it or not.

  64. tommyf15 says: Aug 1, 2011 7:28 PM

    green41563 says:
    The contract process is fine. When the player signs the contract, both the player and the team know that he can be cut at any time.

    If we want to play that game, both the team and the player know that an unhappy player might hold out or complain. So following that logic everything Osi does OK, since we all knew it could happen.

  65. brandyontx says: Aug 1, 2011 7:28 PM

    People who are under contract are given the money they are due after being cut. So what’s Osi’s point? Seem’s like he’s just embarassing himself now.

  66. mattyc says: Aug 1, 2011 7:33 PM

    If Cleveland trades for you, will you show up? If you will, Mr. Heckert will work out a deal with you & Cleveland will embrace you….. But you’ll have to explain to Mr. Reese that other GMs won’t overspend on a player they don’t value enough to pay. So, we will send a 3rd & 4th in the upcoming draft for you & pay you if you will show up afterward.

    Thanks, hope to see you soon!
    x: _Browns fan who doesn’t threaten the lives of players.

  67. 3octaveFart says: Aug 1, 2011 7:35 PM

    jnbnet says:
    Aug 1, 2011 6:56 PM
    “Umenyiora says that in the NFL, contracts are a one-way street: Players are supposed to honor them, but teams aren’t.
    =================================
    That’s right Sherlock. If you can’t preform, you get cut.”

    Using your own reasoning, wouldn’t it follow that if a player outperforms his contract pay rate, then shouldn’t he get paid?

  68. don74 says: Aug 1, 2011 7:42 PM

    Get as much as you can for as long as you can. It’s sports entertainment for all involved.

  69. jo3jo says: Aug 1, 2011 7:44 PM

    The reason he’s not right is that this “one way street” notion is already taken into account by players agents when negotiating contracts. Meaning his $X contract figure is determined based on the risks that can be foreseen at the time the contract is negotiated. If there was no risk of him getting hurt or getting dropped from the team, the contract figure would have been proportionately lower. But it’s a bigger number because he and his agent and the owners all know that these risks exist. It’s why only part of the contract is guaranteed, and why so many contracts are incentive heavy. So this is already taken into account.

  70. nocall4it says: Aug 1, 2011 7:45 PM

    Osi is right. What is the difference between a professional football player wanting and deserving a greater financial windfall and that of the criminal white collar hedgefund managers and bankers that have broken our financial system? I’ll tell you. At least Osi puts his body and livelihood out on the line each and every play he is involved in and will only be able to do so for a relatively short number of years. Get yours Osi and don’t ask, demand it!

    America. What a joke this criticism is in light of what we profess as the best system in the world, capitalism, it’s only ok if certain people capitalize I guess.

    Osi and Tuck can come to Chicago and I’d be a happy mofo. Charlie Johnson 72M?

    Stop hatin’ and enjoy the damn game yall and let whoever can get paid get it!

  71. bmorewayne33 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:00 PM

    COME TO THE RAVENS WE NEED A GUY LIKE YOU…

  72. benlw2 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:14 PM

    Obviously, Osi has never had a regular job like most of us.

  73. green41563 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:18 PM

    tommyf15 says: Aug 1, 2011 7:28 PM

    If we want to play that game, both the team and the player know that an unhappy player might hold out or complain.

    _____________________________________

    And here’s the huge difference: a team that cuts a player does so within its contractual rights, but a player that holds out is breaching the contract.

  74. mikea311 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:20 PM

    nothing is stopping these guys from signing one year contracts.

  75. mswravens says: Aug 1, 2011 8:21 PM

    @andyreidisfat – Thanks for the sincere attempt to set us Ravens fans straight on our teams’ needs…but I’m sorry to say that it is you who is missing the boat. You probably don’t watch as closely…so no insult intended. We actually play BOTH a 3-4 and 4-3, and a lot of other more exotic schemes as well (although less so with Rex gone). In a running situation, we’ll play a 4-3 front, Ngata & Cody clogging the middle, Suggs who is a tremendous run stopper, on end. Who on the other end? I think I’d rather have Osi than Cory Redding. If they throw against that front, I’d rather have Osi than Cory without a doubt…operating on the other side of Suggs…with Jarrett Johnson the OLB behind him. That’s a tough assignment for your right side to run against…and still presents a formidable pass rush if you drop back & throw. I’m not sure who you think our rush linebacker with no coverage skills would be…Suggs? Well, you’d be wrong on that note…but if Osi would be out there in a 3-4, I’m sure they’d account for any gap in coverage presented by his rush in their scheme, and with one of the other typically talented defenders manning our secondary…

    And if Kindle works out, that would be awesome…but we certainly can’t take that as granted.

    which gets me to Asante Samuel. Apparently what you’re really doing is trying to convince us that the Ravens want Asante Samuel. I’m not sure that he is an upgrade over what we have. Even so, he’s not much of one…and we have Foxworth, Webb, Carr & Smith under contract. None of them is going anywhere. They all know the scheme. There is zero chance we would trade a tackle (we need a tackle, not to trade one!) to fill a position that is already full.

    So really, thanks for the thoughts…but stick to the Eagles. You’ve got lots of ground to cover there!

  76. tommyf15 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:33 PM

    green41563 says:

    If we want to play that game, both the team and the player know that an unhappy player might hold out or complain.
    _________________________________
    And here’s the huge difference: a team that cuts a player does so within its contractual rights, but a player that holds out is breaching the contract.

    So let the team sue for breach of contract.

    Ah, but wait- they can’t.

    There’s specific language in the contract that spells out the penalties of a holdout. Ergo, it’s not a breach.

  77. raminaz says: Aug 1, 2011 8:47 PM

    He is so wrong here. Players are more than compensated when they sign there contracts and get a huge signing bonus up front. Contracts are structured to be front loaded. Players get way more than they are worth even before they play a down of their contract. I don’t care how much owners make, they are the ones who assume the risk.

  78. delshofner says: Aug 1, 2011 8:50 PM

    Albert Haynesworth is the other side of that one way street.

    Lying on the ground … waiting for the play to be over … after receiving a $21MM bonus to start the 2010 season.

  79. denverdude7 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:52 PM

    Waah, waah, waah…

    Another river has been recently discovered in New York. The Osi River. It has a fast moving current fed by Umenyiora’s annual tear-fest.

    Just SHUT-UP. PLAY BALL and get a raise next year. (maybe)

    Just like the rest of America.

    Oh, wait, I forgot. No raise for the rest of America. Just a slim chance of actually keeping a job.

  80. rcali says: Aug 1, 2011 8:57 PM

    Isn’t this why we always hear about the upfront money in the contract being the most important? If your contract sucks, fire your agent.

  81. canetic says: Aug 1, 2011 9:05 PM

    This has gone on long enough! The NFLPA needs to organize a strike and renegotiate the CBA that has been in effect for three minutes! I guess Osi won’t be joining the union?

  82. rabidmike says: Aug 1, 2011 9:12 PM

    He has a valid point for league and and player contracts in general, but maybe not for his situation. If in fact OSI is currently playing under the terms of an extention earned by him before his rookie contract ended, he should shut up. You don’t get a re-do on a re-do unless your play warrants it.

  83. timtheenchanter1 says: Aug 1, 2011 9:23 PM

    Gawd I hope the rumors of the Ravens being interested in him aren’t true. I want this selfish guy no where near that team, let alone at the price he would cost in salary. Having to give up a high pick on top of that, just to have the privilege of paying him? No. Thank. You.

    Guy has talent, but seems like he’s approaching the “10-cent head” category.

  84. pympdaddi says: Aug 1, 2011 9:28 PM

    Honestly, I never looked at it this way and as a TRUE tattooed ‘NY’ on the inside of the right bicept fan, I have to agree with the Chief. I was pissed off for a while, but mostly because I would have like d to see my team do a lot more in free agency since our divisional rivals “appear on paper” top be tearing it up, but I agree with what Osi’s saying. We lost two consumate professionals on the o-line and yes, they had time left on their contracts but due to age and injury, they’re both cut. Get ya money on Osi (not that the chief needs cash since “Coming TO America”, it’s only fair. I’m glad at least he says he WANTS to stay with the GIANTS, more than I can say for Benedict 17!

  85. richm2256 says: Aug 1, 2011 10:42 PM

    Whenever I hear the name “Osi Umenyiora”, I don’t think of the monster sack year he had ……. all I think about is:

    “does this guy ever quit bitching about money???”

    Same as I think when I hear the name Logan Mankins.

  86. polishkingski says: Aug 2, 2011 6:24 AM

    well said osi, well said.

  87. lenke08 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:00 AM

    He speaks the truth about the one way street. If the owners can cut players who do not achieve what they are paid then they can expect to lose players that play well and want out to be paid more

  88. kdl21 says: Aug 2, 2011 12:24 PM

    He’s right about contracts being a one way street. That’s why Mike Brown saying Carson Palmer signed a contract and has to honer it bothers me. He doesn’t honer contracts he’s signed players to when he cuts them for under performing. Why can’t Carson get out when the Bengels are underachieving? (off topic).

    Osi is right, he should get a new deal.

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