The New York Giants had given disgruntled defensive end Osi Umenyiora and his agent permission to seek a trade. And now they’ve rescinded that permission.
Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger reports that the team told Umenyiora today he and his agent are no longer allowed to seek a trade partner.
The team’s reasoning is apparently that they wanted a first-round draft pick for Umenyiora, and since Umenyiora and agent Tony Agnone hadn’t been able to find a team willing to give up a first-rounder, they no longer think it’s productive to try.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the Giants won’t eventually trade Umenyiora if they get an offer they like, but it does mean that as of right now, the team’s position is that Umenyiora needs to focus on being a Giant, not on finding a new home.
And that raises the question of whether Umenyiora can be happy in New York, or if today’s decision will make him grow even more disgruntled.