We know how the Osi Umenyiora standoff ends, one way or another. He’ll wind up playing for the Giants.
At least Giants owner John Mara thinks so. (And really what choice does Osi have?)
“Yes. I think it will be resolved and he’ll be a Giant this year,” Mara said via the Newark Star-Ledger. “It’s something we can work out. We’re already talking to his agent to do something incentive wise with his contract to make him happy.”
Osi’s side was less sunny.
“We appreciate John saying that and hope that will be the case,” his agent Tony Agnone said.
Umenyiora doesn’t have much leverage here, especially after the Giants stopped allowing him to seek a trade. ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reports the Giants are offering an incentive for Umenyiora to get 13.5 sacks. He’s done that once in his career.
Agnone hopes that the Giants will take a year off the contract. (It’s currently through 2012.)
The fact that the Giants are bending slightly now is a strong sign this standoff is headed towards a resolution, even if it takes a while.