Giants say Osi Umenyiora can’t talk trade anymore

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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 And now they’ve rescinded that permission.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.

58 responses to “Giants say Osi Umenyiora can’t talk trade anymore

  1. More like

    “The Giants couldn’t find any value for a disgruntled and aging player who wants a contract that he’s not worth”

  2. C’mon MAN! Now if Osi “thought” he was worth a 1st rounder, it’s been confirmed that no team was willing to give that up. As it stands now with teams beginning camp and free agents settling in, any team that loses one of their top DE’s to injury would (if that’s the case) possibly then consider a first to get Osi in. If that doesn’t come up as an offer, he needs to concentrat on football not the business of it. That being the case, he should at a minimum get a band-aid on his contract because he did in fact out perform his contract and SHOW those teams how they missed out by PERFORMING on the field… AS a GIANT!!!

  3. This is getting bad for Big Blue. Better to cut him and swallow whatever money has to be swallowed.

  4. it seems to me the Giants front office gave him enough time to say they gave him an opportunity but it’s not enough to get a deal done. sounds like the Giant front office is the Lucy to Osi’s Charlie Brown. i gotta think this is gonna make Osi more angry!

  5. I personally believe this was Reese’s intention all along. Osi feels he deserves to be paid like a top 5 DE (even though he hasn’t performed like one, but I digress). If the rest of the league values him like one, it should have been no problem for Agnone and Osi to find a willing partner to give up a 1st rounder for a 29 year old, top 5 DE.

    Osi’s value to the New York Giants RIGHT NOW heavily outweighs anything they can currently net in a trade. Therefor, they need something that will make them willing to move him, ie: the first round pick.

    This was actually a brilliant move by Reese to illustrate to Osi and his agent that maybe they’re not worth what they think they are.

    And if the option for a trade is still there, Agnone and Osi are cut out of the equation, and Reese is in charge.

    The Giants hold all of the cards. They’re not going to concede anything to pacify this crybaby, nor should they.

  6. for the record, the GIANTS weren’t looking for this trade, Osi’s agent was seeking that. The GIANTS simply said that was what they would be willing to accept to part with Osi.

  7. Nothing like getting a rep as a problem child to up your trade value.

    Keep yappin’, Osi, keep yappin’…

  8. a draft pick has got to be the most overvalued thing. you can go back 3 years and find first rounders that don’t even start. or have been cut.

  9. onehunglow says:
    Aug 3, 2011 2:14 PM
    We’ll trade the whole Baltimore orioles team.

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    LOL… ah, but what value would the Giants (or New York for that matter) get in return? 🙂

  10. I think every player should only sign three year deals @ most. These 5-7 year deals always fall through. They either get released, traded or renegotiated.

  11. This is so screwed up. You get a big contra t for what you can potentially do but when you do it they are reluctant to pay you because they think you won’t be able to do it any longer.

  12. I personally believe this was Reese’s intention all along. Osi feels he deserves to be paid like a top 5 DE (even though he hasn’t performed like one, but I digress). If the rest of the league values him like one, it should have been no problem for Agnone and Osi to find a willing partner to give up a 1st rounder for a 29 year old, top 5 DE.

    Osi’s value to the New York Giants RIGHT NOW heavily outweighs anything they can currently net in a trade. Therefor, they need something that will make them willing to move him, ie: the first round pick.

    This was actually a brilliant move by Reese to illustrate to Osi and his agent that maybe they’re not worth what they think they are.

    And if the option for a trade is still there, Agnone and Osi are cut out of the equation, and Reese is in charge.

    The Giants hold all of the cards. They’re not going to concede anything to pacify this crybaby, nor should they.
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    THIS.

    And surprisingly, so few Giants are capable of thinking along these lines like you and I see it.

  13. The reason the NFLPA doesn’t like those short-term deals is because they are thinking long-term and how it weakens the viability of the union. On paper and fiscally 2-4 year deals are best. There isn’t much of a window for a guy to slack and take a year off, as some are prone to do. But with a 5-7 year deal, it always gets backloaded, he gets injured, takes a year off, or just gets old and stops producing, leading to cuts. You can see how this isn’t in the best interests of the NFLPA (notice I didn’t say individual players).

  14. I am glad. As a Seahawks fan I was afraid we would try to trade for him. A first rounder is too expensive for a guy in his 9th year.

  15. We paid Osi in the 3rd year of his rookie deal. THAT’S when we showed him our gratitude. We didn’t have to do that. Also, 21 million of that deal was up front in the first 3 years. So he got 21 million for 2006, 2007. He then missed the entire season 2008 with injury and had a crappy 2009 (got benched). Last year he had a good season.

    He’s getting paid exactly what he’s earned.

  16. @onehunglow: “We’ll trade the whole Baltimore orioles team.”

    Hilarious!!! They’d probably rather have a bag of rocks though!!!

  17. I think the Giants handled this well…..he was given a chance to get what he wanted in exchange for what they wanted. He should realize that he isn’t worth a first round draft pick, and he should probably just finish out his contract until he’s a FA. Money is easier to exchange than a first round draft pick. Every team thinks their going to get the next Barry Sanders.

  18. Osi needs to thank Winston Justice for his current contract, realize he isn’t that good, and get back to work so Shady can school him!!
    I don’t understand how Justice is still with the Eagles, he still sucks.

  19. Osi has never been happy, ever. About anything. You guys constantly mention the truth that he’s seemingly hated his contract since he put pen to paper. Perhaps the Giants know how to react at this point. This stunt seems to indicate that is the case.

  20. bigdicebuddha says:
    Aug 3, 2011 2:03 PM
    I personally believe this was Reese’s intention all along. Osi feels he deserves to be paid like a top 5 DE (even though he hasn’t performed like one, but I digress). If the rest of the league values him like one, it should have been no problem for Agnone and Osi to find a willing partner to give up a 1st rounder for a 29 year old, top 5 DE.

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    Wrong. Teams will barely give up a 1st rounder for a starting QB and you think they’ll give up a 1st for a DE? Front offices will value 1st rounders even more now with the rookie salary scale in place. The days of any player (except a QB) commanding a 1st rd pick are over. …… unless you’re dealing with the Redskins or Raiders front office. Lol

  21. couple comments way off base – desean and osi’s situation have NOTHING in common and im not gonna waste time discussing that. and 1st rd pic’s are your best shot of making an impact right away so thats why they are valued so high. also maybe everyone else agree’s with shady – osi is overrated and soft haha

  22. reese is the master in all of this. either osi will play for the giants, or reese will get what he wants in return for him. reese and the giants win either way.

    if osi decides to sit out for two years, which of course he wont, the giants still have MANY people on that team who are MORE than capable of replacing him.

    osi is in the uneneviable postion of being a good defensive end on a team that is LOADED with good defensive ends, three of whom….because JPP is the real deal people….are better than he is.

  23. How does Osi need to thank Winston Justice for his current contract? He signed the deal at the end of 2005, before Justice was even in the league, and over a full season before he turnstyled Justice to the tune of 6 sacks in one game.

  24. maybe Osi will blame NFLPA next. They agreed to lower rookie signing amounts which makes 1st round picks more valuable and players like him worth about what he’s making now.

  25. They will still trade Osi for the right price and I’m thinking that the right price is a second round draft pick and a TE from Seattle–John Carlson–who might be better than Zach Miller who was All-Pro last year.

  26. “White Troated Spurrow zwoops in for the kill”– More signs that everyone involved in the NFC East are loathsome hogs… it doesn’t matter if OU plays for the Giants or not… They are not a playoff team. Go Packers! WHITE TROATED SPURROW!

  27. it is pathetic this is the ONLY news coming from the Giants camp….
    Aka they think the team they have now can do something.

  28. bigdicebuddha you are correct it was in a 2007 game, my mistake. Still not worth a 1st rounder.

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