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Antonio Pierce: Giants are right, Osi is wrong

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One of Osi Umenyiora’s former teammates says the Giants are doing the right thing by forcing him to play on his current contract, and Umenyiora needs to suck it up and play.

Antonio Pierce, who played alongside Umenyiora on the Giants’ defense from 2005 to 2009, said on ESPN Radio this morning that he doesn’t think the Giants will cave.

“It’s kind of hard to say I’m on Osi’s side,” Pierce said. “I understand it from the players’ side, but from the ownership side, they’re doing the right thing. They understand that there are some medical issues with Osi, maybe he doesn’t have a lot of good years left with his health and his body. The guy’s been very productive, but Osi needs to make his mind and say, ‘I might not go out there and get money like I think I can. I might not get Charles Johnson money. Maybe I need to settle for the $7 or $8 million I’m getting the next two years.’ So really I’m not on Osi’s side on this one.”

Pierce said Umenyiora made a tactical mistake in trying to get a new contract now, when he’s going to turn 30 this season and has questions about his health. Pierce believes Umenyiora could have gotten a better deal from the Giants earlier in his career, but now that ship has sailed.

Still, Pierce thinks Giants G.M. Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin may reach the point where they don’t want to deal with the disgruntled Umenyiora, and as a result it’s still possible that he’ll get his wish of getting traded. According to Pierce, that’s what happened with ex-Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey: Eventually, Shockey’s unhappiness became a distraction in the Giants’ locker room, and that’s why he was traded.

Pierce is right that Umenyiora isn’t going to get the new contract he wants from the Giants. But it’s hard not to think that Pierce’s blunt talk about a former teammate’s contract status will make him about as welcome in the Giants’ locker room as Tiki Barber.

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21 Responses to “Antonio Pierce: Giants are right, Osi is wrong”
  1. typhilly21 says: Aug 5, 2011 8:30 AM

    Overrated and soft…and now a crybaby. I hope he stays in NY all year.

  2. ihavea2inchpenis says: Aug 5, 2011 8:36 AM

    NFL players are weenies what 5 million isn’t enough stop buying rims , grills, big chains

  3. pympdaddi says: Aug 5, 2011 8:48 AM

    You can’t cry wolf when the wolf is having second thoughts about attacking you due to your toughness (age) and virility (injury) so the best thing to do now is play dead (i.e. – play your contract out and walk when you’re a free agent).

  4. demo3356 says: Aug 5, 2011 8:52 AM

    Pierce is 100% right..Dude needs to STFU and play..Guys contract averages 7 mil per year..Nlot bad for a guy who missed 08 season with an ACL and was benched in 09…

  5. gcsuk says: Aug 5, 2011 8:56 AM

    Pierce was the leader of the defense for years, and he is still well-respected by a lot of the players. I would think that him speaking his mind is not going to make him unpopular in the Giants locker room.

    It’s nice to hear an ex-player finally come out and tell Osi that he is wrong.

  6. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Aug 5, 2011 9:00 AM

    comparing AP to tiki with regard to respect of former teammates? not even close.
    AP just said what everybody else knows, including those in the giants locker room.

  7. rubicon202 says: Aug 5, 2011 9:12 AM

    Yeah, I don’t get it?

  8. duncanthecat says: Aug 5, 2011 9:26 AM

    What does Pierce Know…

  9. melonnhead says: Aug 5, 2011 9:46 AM

    Pierce SHOULD be making his comments from federal prison for transporting an illegal firearm across state lines, removing evidence from the scene of a crime and conspiracy.

  10. jackryder4 says: Aug 5, 2011 9:51 AM

    i find it funny that if the Giants are worried that Osi health is an issue about paying him, then why were they trying to get a 1st Round pick for him?

  11. joecool16280 says: Aug 5, 2011 9:58 AM

    I like how sports writers like to point out that he won’t be “welcome” in the Giants locker room. You guys (sports writers) are quick to complain that athletes don’t say much but then you exploit and point out when they do. There seems to be such a disconnect between writers and the fans.

  12. tombradyswig says: Aug 5, 2011 10:13 AM

    Giants are a giant joke!!
    another season of futility under Coughlin the choke coach…..
    missing the playoffs again!!
    Hey, you may land “the chin” is choker is fired!
    At least you have something to look forward too.
    Oh, get a new QB too, Sh-Eli ain’t his brother!

  13. dgforreal says: Aug 5, 2011 10:17 AM

    But it’s hard not to think that Pierce’s blunt talk about a former teammate’s contract status will make him about as welcome in the Giants’ locker room as Tiki Barber.

    Yeah, for people who don’t have a grasp on reality. I think it’s great that players speak out like this.

  14. bhester1906 says: Aug 5, 2011 10:31 AM

    It is horrible how the NFL contracts situations play out. Guys get a big contract when they can do some things potentially. But, when a guys does it under a normal contract they won’t get paid because they don’t think they can do it anymore. It is what it is…

  15. randysavage4ever says: Aug 5, 2011 10:34 AM

    why are you commenting on a former teammate trying to get his money? – jealous and feminine

    LAST TIME ANTONIO PIERCE THOUGHT HE WAS HARD AND SPOKE OUT….

    after Jamarcus Russell disgusting performance (disgusting person anyways) got the Raiders blown out by the Giants, Pierce said playing the Raiders was like a scrimmage…

    the following week vs the Saints he injured his neck as the Giants got blown out.

    The neck injury would end his career and he would never play a down in the NFL again.

    You would think he would learn from speaking out, but what does he do, he gets a job at ESPN and gets behind the mic and starts talking again.

    Thumbs down it, Pierce reads PFT like everyone in the football world, it’s true, it happened, Pierce is whack and Osi will get paid either way.

    Somewhere Osi is smiling and snapping into a slim jim- ha!

  16. tylerdurden0 says: Aug 5, 2011 10:36 AM

    @typhilly21

    Fact:
    Career Forced Fumbles Trent Cole: 11.
    Career Forced Fumbles Osi Umenyiora: 28.

    Last year Osi had 10… maybe Cole is the overrated one.

  17. crosbyhasgonorrhea says: Aug 5, 2011 10:51 AM

    When Osi signed his deal, he was one of the highest paid d-lineman in the league. When he was injured in ’08, he still got paid. When he stunk in ’09, he still got paid. Take the good with the bad buddy.

  18. fmwarner says: Aug 5, 2011 12:54 PM

    tylerdurden0 says: Aug 5, 2011 10:36 AM

    @typhilly21

    Fact:
    Career Forced Fumbles Trent Cole: 11.
    Career Forced Fumbles Osi Umenyiora: 28.

    Last year Osi had 10… maybe Cole is the overrated one.
    ==================================

    When Cole gets paid as much as Osi, this MIGHT become somewhat relevant. As it is, this is just one more example of judging the value of a post by the success of the poster’s favorite team. Which is the single biggest moronic thing that goes on at PFT.

  19. DonRSD says: Aug 5, 2011 1:13 PM

    hjow much $$$ was paid on the front end of Osi’s deal?
    no need to cry, you already got your lions share and the back end was you playing for pennies.

    you signed the contract and now deal with it.

    Osi probably thought when the contract value decreased as it went on he would just ‘renogiate’ and get more money.

    funny how white people dont hold out, only the blacks do.
    but thats another issue

  20. zeussuperman says: Aug 5, 2011 1:21 PM

    tylerdurden0 says: Aug 5, 2011 10:36 AM

    @typhilly21

    Fact:
    Career Forced Fumbles Trent Cole: 11.
    Career Forced Fumbles Osi Umenyiora: 28.

    Last year Osi had 10… maybe Cole is the overrated one.

    ——————————-

    Clearly you don’t watch football. Osi had Justin Tuck, a FAR better player, opposite him.

    Who did Cole have? Juqua Parker?

    Obviously that’s failsauce on the Eagles F.O., but let’s not pretend these guys play in a vacuum. If Osi saw the same amount of double-teams Cole did, his stats would be worse than Cole’s.

  21. justbust says: Aug 5, 2011 3:50 PM

    rosenhaus has had how many of his players hold out…

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