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Osi doesn’t like being a backup to Tuck and Pierre-Paul

Chris Canty, Osi Umenyiora, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck AP

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora had a good postseason, recording 3.5 sacks and helping his team win the Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean he’s happy with his situation.

Umenyiora was not in the starting lineup for any of the Giants’ four postseason games, and even though he got plenty of playing time behind Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul in the Giants’ defensive line rotation, he says that’s not enough.

I don’t like being a backup, I can tell you that,” Umenyiora told the New York Daily News. “It worked for us last year, but I was coming of an injury or whatever. But I see myself as a starter in the NFL. I see myself as a Pro Bowl type player. That’s the way I see myself.”

Umenyiora said he “didn’t complain” last season, and “I’m not complaining now.” But he might start complaining if he spends time on the bench behind Tuck and Pierre-Paul this year.

“I don’t like being on the bench,” Umenyiora said. “I’m not OK with that.”

NFL teams frequently rotate their defensive linemen to keep everyone fresh, and for the Giants, it’s great that they have three defensive ends who are good enough to start. At least, it would be great if they could do it and keep everyone happy. Umenyiora, however, won’t be happy if he’s looking up at anyone else on the depth chart.

Umenyiora is also unhappy with his contract, which pays him $3.975 million this season. He is not expected to participate in the team’s voluntary offseason program, which begins on Monday. There’s been talk that the Giants might trade Umenyiora, but the best way for Umenyiora to get what he wants may be to play out the final year of his deal, play well, and then hit free agency next year and find some other team that’s willing to make him a starter, and pay him like a starter.

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59 Responses to “Osi doesn’t like being a backup to Tuck and Pierre-Paul”
  1. talkintrashallday says: Apr 13, 2012 7:47 AM

    They must not sell Humble Pie in NY

  2. mrklutch says: Apr 13, 2012 7:48 AM

    “I don’t like being on the bench,” Umenyiora said. “I’m not OK with that.”

    That’s why you go into training camp and win your job back. It’s called competition. It makes everyone better.

  3. benh999 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:49 AM

    Umenyiora said he “didn’t complain” last season, and “I’m not complaining now.”

    Glad we cleared that up, because it sounds like every time he opens his mouth to the press, he is complaining.

  4. penz84 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:50 AM

    Aww diddums.

  5. elmaxoh says: Apr 13, 2012 7:54 AM

    Then Osi should leave :)

  6. canetic says: Apr 13, 2012 7:55 AM

    Please cut this guy or send him to Seattle. No one will hear him complaining from there.

  7. backindasaddle says: Apr 13, 2012 7:55 AM

    Osi is a consummate Douche. His relentless Me Me Me ego never allows him to stop being a selfish d*** h***. I’m really tired of this guys ego-related BS.

  8. lorddarkhelmet says: Apr 13, 2012 7:56 AM

    thats the thing Osi, you are CONSTANTLY rehabbing some injury. At what point is he more trouble than he is worth for the Giants? Pull the trigger and trade him.

  9. slowclyde86 says: Apr 13, 2012 7:58 AM

    “I don’t like being a backup, I can tell you that,”

    “I’m not complaining now.”

    Liar.

  10. EJ says: Apr 13, 2012 7:59 AM

    Not complaining? Then what did you just say? Sure sounded like complaining.

    I hate players that don’t follow through with the contract they signed. The Giants have so far kept up their side of the contract right?

    First, show that you can be on the field without getting injured, play out your contract and then worry about getting paid playing full time for full time duty.

    Honor your damn contract and quit crying.
    The Giants didn’t win the Superbowl because of you, It’s called teamwork.

  11. Corey Wiese says: Apr 13, 2012 8:03 AM

    BooHoo, I have two superbowl rings!

  12. biggiesmallsthecondomfilla says: Apr 13, 2012 8:06 AM

    Osi always frontin….winston justice not gonna get ya paid no more

  13. beckzhere says: Apr 13, 2012 8:07 AM

    Cry me a river D-Bag!

  14. pixelito says: Apr 13, 2012 8:08 AM

    4-time Superbowl Champs…. THE GMEN!!!

  15. dandrol says: Apr 13, 2012 8:12 AM

    As an Eagles fan, I can’t say I really care for Osi…and he is a bit of a whiner…but don’t paint him as some negative guy for not accepting a backup role & not being a starter. If his effort were as strong as his desire, he’d be one of the best in the league.

  16. ygkr85 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:15 AM

    “It worked for us last year, but I was coming of an injury or whatever…

    …what is whatever? Whatever you were unhappy so you skipped out on a few? You are an excellent player, but you also played roughly half of the regular season games– does that mean raise? Negative.

  17. mlmike25 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:16 AM

    Didn’t the Giants just win the Superbowl? How are they coming apart at the seams like this? Jacobs complains and now Osi?

  18. sdiegosteel says: Apr 13, 2012 8:16 AM

    Unfortunately for Osi, he’s the third best of those three players. The Giants have the right depth chart.

  19. andyreidsbossoms says: Apr 13, 2012 8:17 AM

    This bozo whines more than a woman going through p.m.s! Can’t stand that cry baby

  20. baron30 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:21 AM

    I dont see when they dont trade him…they could probably get a 2 or 3 and a late round pick…the giants are good at finding raw pass rusher so the could probably fill his roll with youth who can develop behind Tuck and JPP.

  21. ilovepizza75 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:22 AM

    He just won the super bowl, and it’s still all about himself. Disappointing comments from an overrated, injury prone player.

  22. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: Apr 13, 2012 8:27 AM

    The Steelers are vastly superior to the rest of the league in too many ways to list. The glory is unsurpassed. The bar has been set so incredibly high, and for that, we are sorry.

    This is why after we will our 7th this year we will leave this pathetic league and start our own out of the greatness that is Steel. The foundation will be so strong. The Steelers organization will be divided into eight. Wow. PURE non-Steeler football players deemed Steeler quality will be allowed to fill roster spots. Whoa, we are so gracious.

    Until then, bow. Bow to our unrivaled achievements and watch as a shower in confetti. Watch as we climb the mountains that we placed. While we watch you peasants whimper in your corner, unsuccessful, dreaming of joining the SFL. Maybe in another life. Sorry.

  23. TylerHills says: Apr 13, 2012 8:31 AM

    Someone should let Osi know he is a back up to Pierre-Paul and Tuck because he is the 3rd best DE on the team.

  24. gpete1962 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:39 AM

    Osi’s Game became 1 dimensional after his injury. all he does now is rush wide and slap at the ball and never plays the run. His success ha s been attributed to JPP JT CC drawing all the double teams and them still having the same success.

    Trade him for a #2 pick or a FA position of need. Then put Kiwinuka’s hand back in the dirt where it should be, at his natural position. Mathias is a much more complete DE who plays with no complaints or team distractions

  25. usmarine75 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:42 AM

    Then play better.

  26. elifan4life says: Apr 13, 2012 8:45 AM

    it never ends with this guy, I’m at my wicks end with him already… Time for Jerry to start shopping him around..

  27. mhohmann says: Apr 13, 2012 8:45 AM

    Did he miss 7 games last year? Is he better than JPP? NO. I think he must be saying he’s better than Tuck?

  28. kingbeason52 says: Apr 13, 2012 8:46 AM

    The probowl will need a backup DE, right?

  29. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 13, 2012 8:52 AM

    Best strip sack artist in the game. Give him that.

  30. rwmilli says: Apr 13, 2012 8:54 AM

    As an eagles fan this bugs me, very similar situation to Samuels, instead of embracing the fact you have tons of talent around you, they whine. Pathetic

  31. killthehead says: Apr 13, 2012 8:57 AM

    I like that Osi backs up Tuck and Pierre Paul

  32. thehouseofho says: Apr 13, 2012 8:59 AM

    Giants should bundle him with their first-round pick to trade up and grab Keuchly, then move Kiwi back to DE.

  33. Reggie's Bush says: Apr 13, 2012 9:06 AM

    If he’s complaining, he should just get better…

  34. hit2hurt says: Apr 13, 2012 9:11 AM

    The Cowboys are trying to trade Felix Jones.. maybe Felix to NY along with a 4th round pick and Osi to Dallas? I believe Osi and Demarcus Ware played together before coming into the NFL. The Cowboys would have a formidable D-Line if they pulled off this trade and drafted Dontari Poe.. Poe clogging up the middle, and Jay Ratliff sliding over on one side, with Osi on the other….?

  35. jcjets says: Apr 13, 2012 9:13 AM

    damn man, when is this dude’s contract up? And why do these guys in the NFL sign such long deals? It’s really not in their best interest at all.

    If they sign long term, and do well on the field, by the backend they’ll probably not be making “good” money (in relation to the rest of the league) anymore. And if they start sucking, the team will just cut them as soon as the cap hit is manageable.

  36. jacobslatter says: Apr 13, 2012 9:16 AM

    Dude old he like 30. Wrong side of Whiny Hill.

  37. ncarolinarn7 says: Apr 13, 2012 9:16 AM

    Trade him to Carolina. He won’t have any impact there I’m sure. No on will even notice him in the NFC South.
    ;)

  38. cmb79 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:04 AM

    Just shut up and play.

  39. east96st says: Apr 13, 2012 10:13 AM

    Didn’t the Giants just win the Superbowl? How are they coming apart at the seams like this? Jacobs complains and now Osi?

    Yes, they did win the Super Bowl. A backup DE complaining about playing time is NOT “coming apart at the seams”. Kinda ridiculous to even suggest that. Jacobs no longer plays for the Giants. Osi complains every year. It’s one of the many signs that spring has finally arrived in NYC. Pretty sure everyone who is NOT a sportswriter has tuned it out by now. He’ll play out his contract and move on to another team that won’t pay him anywhere near what he thinks he deserves and they will get the annual Osi complaint fest while he is on the downward side of his career. Osi is the past. JPP is the future. The teams that are successful, understand when it’s time to part ways.

  40. hjworton46 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:51 AM

    Any player who is happy to be a backup is not good enough for professional football. Osi will be a valued starter elsewhere soon.

  41. eagles92 says: Apr 13, 2012 10:56 AM

    seriously I thought winning the superbowl was the main goal not about complaining about playing with two other pro-bowl D ends

  42. mathomp3 says: Apr 13, 2012 11:00 AM

    canetic says:
    Apr 13, 2012 7:55 AM
    Please cut this guy or send him to Seattle. No one will hear him complaining from there.

    —————————————————
    Please do! We got a spot for him opposite Clemons.

  43. neemdaddy13 says: Apr 13, 2012 11:29 AM

    It would probably be easier to write about what Osi does like since he is whining about something new on a daily basis. He would fit much better on the Jets than the G-Men.

  44. bspurloc says: Apr 13, 2012 11:41 AM

    2 Super Bowl rings…….

    Sell them if u need cash.

  45. rushbacker says: Apr 13, 2012 11:47 AM

    Osi is a bigger crybaby than Lance Briggs.

  46. 49erstim says: Apr 13, 2012 11:49 AM

    We are in full Offseason mode now! Things are getting leaked to the media about draft-eligible players, pro football players are getting arrested for pot possession and Osi is complaining about his contract. Ahhh I love Spring! This dude is never happy, even with 2 SB rings. I actually think he’d rather start for a loser than rotate in every few plays and have a shot at another title. Sheesh!

  47. whatnojets says: Apr 13, 2012 12:05 PM

    We will take him. We need another clown to round out the team.

    Sincerely,
    The New York Jets

  48. bigdaddyutl says: Apr 13, 2012 12:07 PM

    Trade him to Tampa , we will take him gladly!

  49. pnut87 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:21 PM

    How about the Giants package Osi and their first rounder, trade to Seattle for their first and then take Luke Kechley.

  50. havok82 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:22 PM

    He breaks down too much to be a reliable starter. Sorry you don’t like being buried on the depth chart, but that’s what happens when you get hurt so much and other talented players emerge.

  51. gritsmaker says: Apr 13, 2012 12:53 PM

    With the way teams shuffle different packages on and off the field osi could end up with just as many or more snaps than tuck or jpp .

    Why mess up a good thing?

    In order to beat the Packers.Patriots.Saints.Eagles.Cowboys.Steelers and other teams with potent offenses you need a fresh front 4.

    Play out your contract and help the Giants defense dominate the NFL in 2012.

  52. granadafan says: Apr 13, 2012 1:25 PM

    Maybe Osi shouldn’t have signed such a long term contract in the first place! I don’t have much sympathy for players who demand long term security, sign these huge multi-year contracts, and then start complaining a couple years in when other players sign bigger contracts. This is completely different than rookie contracts where the players have a legitimate gripe.

    It sounds like Osi is NOT living up to his huge contract if he’s a backup. No new contract for you!

  53. alldonesmith says: Apr 13, 2012 3:25 PM

    I might be more sympathetic if he hadn’t been whining about his contract CONSTANTLY for the last 3 years.

  54. fmwarner says: Apr 13, 2012 6:29 PM

    Isn’t this article from two years ago? Oh wait, no, it’s from last year. Oh, no, my bad, dude just says the same thing ALL THE TIME.

  55. blurryvisi0n says: Apr 13, 2012 6:52 PM

    Maybe he should move to outside LB?

  56. subseaservices says: Apr 13, 2012 7:39 PM

    Osi is ALWAYS hurt.

    Lets see if he can stay healthy this year and fit into a rotation again.

    Dear Osi: If you become a locker room whiner problem, just remember how we dealt with Tiki Barber and Jeremy Shockey in NY.

    Hold up your end of the bargain: Become a sack leader and run stopper like when Strahan was around and you can have a new contract. Strahan kept the whiners in line.

    And smile when you look at those two rings while you count that 3.9 million. Such a tough life..

  57. applecool1981 says: Apr 14, 2012 1:31 AM

    EJ says: Apr 13, 2012 7:59 AM

    Not complaining? Then what did you just say? Sure sounded like complaining.

    I hate players that don’t follow through with the contract they signed. The Giants have so far kept up their side of the contract right?

    First, show that you can be on the field without getting injured, play out your contract and then worry about getting paid playing full time for full time duty.

    Honor your damn contract and quit crying.
    The Giants didn’t win the Superbowl because of you, It’s called teamwork.

    ——————————————————————————————————–

    I don’t get when people say play out your contract when its a given right through the CBA for a player to hold out, just like for teams to cut players. Why don’t the teams honor their contracts?

  58. applecool1981 says: Apr 14, 2012 1:41 AM

    49erstim says: Apr 13, 2012 11:49 AM

    “We are in full Offseason mode now! Things are getting leaked to the media about draft-eligible players, pro football players are getting arrested for pot possession and Osi is complaining about his contract. Ahhh I love Spring! This dude is never happy, even with 2 SB rings. I actually think he’d rather start for a loser than rotate in every few plays and have a shot at another title. Sheesh!”

    ————————————————————————————————————

    Who’s to say that he can’t go to a good team who needs a starting DE and also have that shot at the title. It would be best option for him.

  59. n0hopeleft says: Apr 16, 2012 2:28 PM

    Here’s what we know about Osi:

    1.) Probably the best strip/sack DE in the NFL.

    2.) Got the best of his beef vs. McCoy by winning another ring. (Suck It Shady)

    3.) Doesn’t play the run well.

    4.) Opens his mouth WAY too much during the offseason, however, comes up HUGE in big games.

    5.) Will not be a Giant for longer than another year.

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