Giants General Manager Jerry Reese said last week that defensive end Osi Umenyiora had been offered a contract extension for two straight years, and that Umenyiora turned those extensions down. Umenyiora didn’t care for those comments.
Umenyiora wrote in an e-mail to the New York Daily News that Reese’s comments overlook the fact that the Giants’ contract offers have been for far less money than he thinks he deserves, and far less than the $10.95 million guaranteed that Mathias Kiwanuka just got from the Giants.
“Last year I was offered incentives. This year they offered me in guaranteed money, HALF of what they just gave Kiwi guaranteed. HALF,” Umenyiora wrote. “I’m not making that up. Then Jerry tells the world they offered me an extension and I turned it down. And I look like a greedy pig for turning it down. Hilarious.”
Umenyiora is scheduled to make $3.975 million this year in the last season of the seven-year, $41.5 million contract he signed in 2005. He’ll likely test unrestricted free agency in 2013 and find out exactly how much he’s worth on the open market.