Osi’s odyssey lands back in the Super Bowl


It wasn’t so long ago that Osi Umenyiora was implicitly calling his General Manager a liar.

An affidavit signed by Umenyiora as part of the antitrust case against the NFL was leaked to the media in attempt to make the NFL and G.M. Jerry Reese look bad.

When the lockout ended, Umenyiora didn’t show up to training camp in protest. That didn’t last long.

“Once I [made the decision] that OK, I’m going to play – I was like ‘I have to play!’ ” Umenyiora told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. “Attention had already been called to the [contract] situation. I knew I wasn’t gonna get what I wanted. To get it [after the season], I had to play, and I had to play well.”

The drama didn’t end there. A report emerged Umenyiora would “never” talk to Reese again. The two men spoke shortly thereafter. When the Giants wouldn’t trade Osi, the defensive end was “fuming.”

Umenyiora wound up calming down, but he missed seven games because of knee and ankle injuries. When he suffered a high ankle sprain in New Orleans, he thought his Giants career was about over.

“I was under the stadium, so I couldn’t see the game, but you could hear every time they scored. I still had painkillers in me from earlier, and the fact that it still hurt like it did was not good. Things were bad. Things were really, really bad. It’s just weird how things happen sometimes,” he told Silver.

Things are really good, at least for now. Umenyiora has 3.5 sacks in the playoffs. His dad is flying in from Nigeria for the Super Bowl to watch Osi play for the first time in his career.

Umenyiora remains under contract at a reasonable salary for another year. Umenyiora won’t make any predictions about what happens next, so we’ll make one for him: The Giants probably won’t give him a new deal and there is likely more offseason drama to come.

The Giants know these things usually work out in the end.

23 responses to “Osi’s odyssey lands back in the Super Bowl

  1. Osi’s dad is flying in from Nigeria, and all Osi had to do was send over his account and routing numbers.

  2. How is this news? Osi realized he needed to play to increase his value, plain and simple. It’s guys like Cruz who are on salary for barely $400k during the next two years that put the situation into perspective

  3. I wouldn’t think that Osi would say that much. He missed alot of time this year. One of the things the Giants were looking into while looking at extensions were injuries.

    He has had a good post season, how good was his regular season? I don’t think it was good enough to get the kind of money he wants with his injury issues.

    Let’s hope he stays quiet has a good year next year, then let him get his contract as he will be a free agent.

  4. osi played his rear off and raised his stock tremendously. three months ago the giants would have been lucky to get a 4th rounder for him….now they can probably get a 2nd and a 5th. i’ll miss osi but reese needs to strike while the iron’s hot and trade him this year. osi will get paid and the giants will get a nice pick….everyone wins.

  5. “The Giants probably won’t give him a new deal and there is likely more offseason drama to come.”

    Wouldn’t be too sure. Osi’s is averaging 1 sack a game. Guy missed 7 games this year. If he can come to understand he wont get top dollar because of his health history, they can get a deal done.

  6. jdandcoke –

    Respectfully disagree. Osi is the missing ingredient in this defense. Dude averages more than a sack a game and single handedly changes games by himself. Players like this are gold. His teammates love him and when he suits up, he’s ALL IN. With reduced snaps, he has many years left. I hope Giants give him a modest extension to keep the Kraken in full force for the next few years. The off-the-field stuff is just media fluff.

  7. the team with the better OL wins this game. New England wins, 27-24. Wilfork crushes the pocket while commanding double teams. Jam the WRs at the line. BJGE has a big day.

  8. If the giants can’t reward productive players like Osi, other teams will for 2nd or 3rd round draft. He is supremely productive. I wish NE got him here.

  9. The whole front four play off each other. I think Osi doesn’t get what he wants contractually, but it is in his favor to stay put with the Giants.

  10. It isn’t that they can’t reward him, he isn’t worth the money that he is asking.

    Above someone quoted that he is averaging a sack a game, that is a great, and would be worth every penny. However how many games has he played?

    He is injury prone and is missing more and more time. He isn’t worth full time big time money because of that.

  11. Osi can leave and get big $$, or stay for what’s still millions and maybe get another ring, maybe more. Better to make less on a real good team than not care, get top dollar and go 4-12 every year.

  12. Osi will get a new deal next year. He may not get every dime he wants but it will be fair. Elite pass crushers don’t grow on trees and Reese isn’t dumb enough to let one walk.Accorsi didn’t include him in the Manning trade for a reason. Just shut up and be a good citizen and you’ll get paid. Don’t pull a Shockley and talk your way out of town.

  13. Dear Osi You’re manure,

    You eagle mouth has over-run your canary a$$, go fake injury on someoneelses’ roster whilst they go 9-7 (Redskins anyone?).

    Wellington Mara

  14. Ironically, if he’d kept his mouth shut he either would’ve gotten the money from the Giants or another team. Who wants to bring in a whiner with a history of injuries for the money he thinks he should get?

    I loved Osi on defense here and glad he didn’t make it a distraction all year, but he needs to put up and shut up. You already make more money than most of us will ever see.

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