Giants G.M. Jerry Reese heard that Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora hypothetically would “take less money” to stay in New York. Reese isn’t buying it.
Speaking at the Combine Saturday, Reese believes Umenyiora’s words were “probably taken out of context.”
We suspect Umenyiora meant that he would take a slightly below market long-term deal from the Giants on a possible extension. The reality is that the Giants don’t have to do anything; Osi is under contract another year. It’s not like Umenyiora is suddenly going to take a pay cut for the 2012 season. He’s already underpaid.
Reese said that an extension with Umenyiora “could happen.” He wouldn’t classify the situation as “pressing” considering how much time is left in the offseason.
Left unsaid: There is still plenty of time on Umenyiora’s contract. The Giants don’t have to do anything.