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Osi Umenyiora: Giants trying to make me look like a greedy pig

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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.

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62 Responses to “Osi Umenyiora: Giants trying to make me look like a greedy pig”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Apr 30, 2012 7:10 AM

    He said, as he stuck his nose in the trough and squealed out a loud ‘oink’.

  2. Steve B says: Apr 30, 2012 7:10 AM

    Like Donovan McFlabb, I wonder when this guy will just shut his trap?

  3. joetoronto says: Apr 30, 2012 7:14 AM

    Not so long ago, you were happy just to be in the NFL, Osi.

    What happened?

  4. mikea311 says: Apr 30, 2012 7:17 AM

    so wait, the Giants, assuming the keep him this year will have given him $41.5M.

    GUARANTEED.

    yes Osi , maybe its want explicitly guaranteed money but you are earning every penny of that contract you signed.

    they didn’t sign you to some inflated contract other folks get with numbers that are for show.

    its not like he would have earned more somewhere else.

    oh, you didn’t even play for ONE of those years and part of another.

    Don’t act as if the Giants did you wrong here.

  5. wallacejay says: Apr 30, 2012 7:19 AM

    Better a greedy pig than a whiney little bitch. Oops…too late.

  6. mrbigass says: Apr 30, 2012 7:23 AM

    D’oh!

  7. henryd3rd says: Apr 30, 2012 7:26 AM

    Reese holds all the cards. If he would stay healthy for an entire season he’d be in a better bargaining position; but he’s always hurt. Play for that contract contract and stop bellyaching in the press.

  8. flyerscup2010 says: Apr 30, 2012 7:27 AM

    I mean I fully understand what he’s saying and why he’s upset…but I just don’t think he’s going to easily convince people who make 5 figures per year that the 8 figure contract he signed isn’t enough by saying (with a rather incredulous tone) that he was offered “HALF” as many millions as he thinks he should have been offered. I say that as un-disparagingly as possible.

  9. alexb64 says: Apr 30, 2012 7:28 AM

    When he said last week that any team that trades for him wouldn’t have to give him a new deal I’m sure every other GM in the NFL sarcastically said “RIGHT…”. Not even a Giants fan & thus not a follower of their media coverage & even I know Osi’s been griping about his contract since before the ink in his signature was even dry. Squeaky wheel doesn’t always get the grease Osi.

  10. infectorman says: Apr 30, 2012 7:33 AM

    given the legions of unemployed in today’s labor market, one would think you’d be happy with a J.O.B.

    Govt jobs goin’ UP, private sector jobs goin’ down.

  11. heyguru1969 says: Apr 30, 2012 7:38 AM

    The Panthers really need an improved pass rush, and the Giants could use a guy like Jonathan Stewart at RB, who otherwise is going to leave as a free agent with no compensation at the end of 2012. Giants? Panthers? What do you think — even trade? Win/Win for both? Just a thought.

  12. boblavoie says: Apr 30, 2012 7:38 AM

    If this guy played for New England he would be gone. Keep it in house were it belongs – it’s about character.

  13. amaf21 says: Apr 30, 2012 7:38 AM

    I feel badly for Coach Coughlin. Where in the blue hell does the Giants’ FO find all these malcontents. Barber, Strahan and now this fool.

  14. Patriot42 says: Apr 30, 2012 7:47 AM

    Let the government set his salary. I believe there will be a NFL czar soon to take care of it.

  15. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Apr 30, 2012 7:53 AM

    Alec Baldwin is suing Osi. He copyrighted “Greedy Pig” back on ’05.

  16. skoobyfl says: Apr 30, 2012 7:58 AM

    Come to Buffalo, we’ll pay you what you’re worth.

  17. wtfru2 says: Apr 30, 2012 8:10 AM

    How many people can be upset with only making 4 million a year?

    Furthermore you’ll be broke in 5 years anyway whether you make 4 or 10 million. Oink, Oink…..

  18. cakemixa says: Apr 30, 2012 8:13 AM

    If all teams from NY suddenly disappeared, would anyone care?

  19. pftcensorssuck says: Apr 30, 2012 8:13 AM

    Every time I hear or read this guy’s name, it’s always about money.

    ALWAYS.

    You are what your actions tell us you are, Osi.

    Oink.

  20. marty2019 says: Apr 30, 2012 8:19 AM

    infectorman says: Apr 30, 2012 7:33 AM

    Govt jobs goin’ UP, private sector jobs goin’ down.
    ==============================

    Actually, the opposite is true. Government jobs are decreasing and private sector jobs are increasing.

  21. east96st says: Apr 30, 2012 8:20 AM

    I’m going to go out on a limb here – Osi, do you think it’s even remotely possible that had you spent as much time working out and fixing the deficiencies in your game (ex. run control), as you do following and talking to the press, that you might have an extension you would happy with by now? Trick question! No extension will ever make you happy because the second someone signs a contract for one penny more, you’ll go right back to complaining. Be interesting to see what this guy does with himself once his career is over. What employer in what business would tolerate the endless complaints about salary? And if he starts his own business, going to be at least a couple of years before he starts bringing in multiple millions a year, every year. Got a feeling that retirement is going to be really hard on Osi. Real world is NOT going to tolerate his act and he has alienated more people than he could possibly imagine.

  22. kacapaco says: Apr 30, 2012 8:26 AM

    Pay the man!!!!!!!!

  23. jdoberman says: Apr 30, 2012 8:27 AM

    I think I heard an Old Timer once say….

    “If the shoe fit…..”

  24. gpete1962 says: Apr 30, 2012 8:29 AM

    So play your A$$ off this year, Show everybody how valuable you are and shut the F#%k up !!!!

  25. karl422 says: Apr 30, 2012 8:32 AM

    SEVEN YEAR contract. Why would any football player sign a seven year contract.

  26. baconholybacon says: Apr 30, 2012 8:33 AM

    jdoberman, don’t you mean “If the hoof fits…”?

  27. 49erstim says: Apr 30, 2012 8:37 AM

    This Osi situation is getting OLD…..feels like he has been griping for years…oh wait!

  28. jacksaysfu says: Apr 30, 2012 8:40 AM

    I just got a raise , im stoked , and im not even near six figures . So forgive us living paycheck to paycheck for not crying you a ” he only got a $5M guaranteed offer” river . Im an Eagles fan & I even feel sorry for Giants fan for having to deal with Osi . I mean they got JPP & Tuck , so $5 Million guaranteed for a back up whose always hurt or crying about something seems pretty generous .

  29. rcampore says: Apr 30, 2012 8:43 AM

    cakemixa says: Apr 30, 2012 8:13 AM

    If all teams from NY suddenly disappeared, would anyone care?

    ____________________________________

    Would be a hell of a lot more than if you disappeared.

  30. jdoberman says: Apr 30, 2012 8:46 AM

    You know baconholybacon now that you mention it, I believe you correct.

    When his mama called him as a kid…”Osi”. That is way to close to the sound you make when calling a pig….”Sooee”….hmmm maybe the Gnats are onto something.

  31. rcampore says: Apr 30, 2012 8:49 AM

    Ugh Osi, just stop talking! I used to love Osi and still think he can be a great player with the Giants, but I have a feeling he won’t be retiring a Giant. He keeps conveniently keeping out the fact that they have already paid him 41 million dollars and now expect them to shell out a whole lot more when he’s not even a starter and has been injury prone. I would rather the Giants, pay JPP, Tuck, Cruz and Nicks down the line than try to keep an aging Osi.

  32. drubeatz says: Apr 30, 2012 8:52 AM

    Kiwanuka humbled himself and received an extension. Osi complained and didn’t. What does that tell you people?

  33. rubberinnertube says: Apr 30, 2012 8:53 AM

    Marty,
    this is off topic, but I couldn’t disagree more. The federal government and the number of government jobs has never been bigger.

  34. thegonz13 says: Apr 30, 2012 9:05 AM

    A real-life Rod Tidwell… Show me the money!

  35. JaminJake says: Apr 30, 2012 9:08 AM

    Patriot42 says:
    Apr 30, 2012 7:47 AM
    Let the government set his salary. I believe there will be a NFL czar soon to take care of it.

    ============================

    You mean we might get to see Goodell throw down to keep his job?

  36. electionconfidential says: Apr 30, 2012 9:13 AM

    Lots of 32 year old free agents out there Osi… better think about it…

  37. fissels says: Apr 30, 2012 9:16 AM

    I’ll bet the Giants brass can’t wait for somebody to take this nut off their hands

  38. skeebo80 says: Apr 30, 2012 9:25 AM

    Osi just play ball. The guy is actually good when he’s not hurt.

  39. paulizzi says: Apr 30, 2012 9:25 AM

    Wish they would have just traded him for some draft picks… he wants the money of an every-down Defensive player but in reality he is a 3rd down DE and THIRD on the depth chart… sorry… want to call the Giants cheap? they made you a star… got you 2 superbowl rings… and if you were the number one DE on a team gettin doubled you wouldnt have a sack all season… BUH BYE OSI!!!

  40. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 30, 2012 9:29 AM

    I can’t understand why the Giants and this guy are constantly in the news about contracts. I mean, its year in and year out. Pay him or cut him. Its the right time of year.

  41. trubroncfan07 says: Apr 30, 2012 9:34 AM

    So much for the Vets that have played well will get the money with the new collective bargaining agreement. Luck only gets 24 mill and the vets are getting low balled now. The players really got bent over on this past deal.

  42. CKL says: Apr 30, 2012 9:34 AM

    Osi, the NYG aren’t making you look like a greedy pig. YOU are making you look like a greedy pig. I mean they could be whining on and on in the press all the time about how they paid you X amount of dollars and you weren’t even able to do the job they were paying you because you were hurt. Unless you gave that money back to them (HA!) you need to get real.

  43. bigpara says: Apr 30, 2012 9:47 AM

    amaf21 says:
    Apr 30, 2012 7:38 AM
    I feel badly for Coach Coughlin. Where in the blue hell does the Giants’ FO find all these malcontents. Barber, Strahan and now this fool.
    ====================================
    What does Strahan have to do it with this. He only held out once and that’s nothing compared to tons of players. He missed a lot of training camps but many vets do that too. Before you open your mouth , do some researching.

  44. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Apr 30, 2012 10:01 AM

    I get why players want more cash and have no problem with that. No different than an owner wanted a player to restructure to take less.

    It would seem these “long term” contracts are going to go away. Signing a six or seven year contract doesn’t make any sense when owners and players want to restructure half way through them. Just cap off contracts to three years and be done with it.

    Unless of course you’re Osi or Lance Briggs. Just make it a one year deal :)

  45. rayday1980 says: Apr 30, 2012 10:14 AM

    Get rid of OSI greedy butt..maybe if u would have played your contract out…which u never do…u would have gotten the money u deserve….other people on the team need to get paid too….selfish….u played half a season last year and won a SB….u should be happy and shut up

  46. east96st says: Apr 30, 2012 10:28 AM

    “I mean, its year in and year out. Pay him or cut him.”

    1) He is getting paid. At a salary you could only dream of and at a rate that he agreed to when he signed his top of line contract seven years ago. If he wanted to renegotiate year after year, he should have only signed a one year contract HIS choice.
    2) Cut him? What’s wrong with you? Why should the Giants give him away for free? If any team values his services, all they need to do is make the Giants a fair offer. They have said numerous times they would be willing to trade. What they are NOT willing to do is give him away for nothing. And they shouldn’t. He gripe and play or he can gripe and sit. Only one of those options gets him any money next year, so we all know he’ll be out on the field.

  47. amanitoomerisgod says: Apr 30, 2012 10:48 AM

    Die-hard Giants fan here…

    I had a friend in high school like Osi. He just complained all the time. He was fun enough to hang out with and personable, girls liked him, etc., but then, without fail, something would be wrong and he’d bitch about it endlessly.

    We are no longer friends.

    The fact that he banged our other friend’s ex a week after they broke up had a lot to do with that, too.

    Giants, get rid of Osi before he bangs your ex, like, right in your face.

  48. brianjvac says: Apr 30, 2012 11:25 AM

    We should’ve traded him before the draft for either draft picks or trade him to the Panthers for Jonathan Stewart. Would’ve been great to land a quality/proven young rb and get rid of the “Greedy Pig.” I’m still very happy with our draft but this is the only off season move that should’ve happened.

  49. godfatherd says: Apr 30, 2012 11:42 AM

    Osi’s numbers the last 3 years.

    2009 – 29 tackles 7 sacks
    2010 – 48 tackles 11.5 sacks
    2011 – 25 tackles 9 sacks

    Kiwanuka’s numbers the last years.

    2009 – 46 tackles 3 sacks
    2010 – 9 tackles 4 sacks
    2011 – 62 tackles 3.5 sacks

    On top of that, Kiwanuka has only played all 16 games once in his career. I’m not saying Osi deserves a new deal from the Giants but I can understand why he doesn’t want to sign an extension for less than Kiwanuka got.

  50. nypd1056 says: Apr 30, 2012 11:48 AM

    Osi,
    Just like any other commodity on the market, YOUR ONLY WORTH AS MUCH AS SOMEONE IS WILLING TO PAY.

  51. flybirdhaters27 says: Apr 30, 2012 11:57 AM

    Just shut up already. You have a contract and you are making millions, not as much as you want or you may think you are worth, but it is millions nonetheless. A lot of these guys fail to realize that playing in the NFL is a privilege and they could be digging ditches instead of playing a sport for a living. I mean, seriously this guy needs a “wahmbulance” and some “french cries”.

  52. granadafan says: Apr 30, 2012 12:14 PM

    Players shouldn’t sign contracts longer than 3-4 years. I get that they want some security or sign that “monster contract” with lots of zeros in the total number, but they’re idiots. For one, they are fools if they don’t realize that markets change and contracts are getting bigger and bigger. If they have a massive ego and can’t stand newer guys getting more money, then they shouldn’t sign such long term contracts and then whining about it daily to the team and to the media. Sign the 2 year deals and then reassess market value.

    I have absolutely zero sympathy for guys like Osi and Lance Briggs who sign long term and then start complaining a few years into the deal.

  53. roadtrip3500 says: Apr 30, 2012 12:38 PM

    Lawrence Taylor: If the QB handed off the ball, LT would make an abrupt cut from his pass rush, chase down the RB, and tackle him.

    Michael Strahan: If the QB handed off the ball, Strahan would make an abrupt cut from his pass rush, chase down the RB, and tackle him.

    Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Jason Pierre-Paul: If the QB hands off the ball, Tuck/Kiwi/JPP will make an abrupt cut from his pass rush, chase down the RB, and tackle him.

    Osi Umenyiora: If the QB hands off the ball, the RB is pretty confident he can run right at – and right by – Osi.

    THAT is why you’re not getting max money, Osi.

  54. dukemarc says: Apr 30, 2012 12:59 PM

    Osi, it’s not the Giants who are making you look like a pig – it’s your mirror.

  55. corsair28 says: Apr 30, 2012 1:07 PM

    Once it becomes public, its over. He is definitely gone. I just do not see them keeping him around with all of this drama. Trade him and get something in return because he has not stopped talking about money. and he is a backup complaining? He should consider he was paid for time missed these past seasons. He is always hurt, so you can understand why they do not want to give him lots of money. Play a year and don’t get hurt, show you have some durability.

  56. bigpara says: Apr 30, 2012 1:18 PM

    godfatherd says:
    Apr 30, 2012 11:42 AM
    Osi’s numbers the last 3 years.

    2009 – 29 tackles 7 sacks
    2010 – 48 tackles 11.5 sacks
    2011 – 25 tackles 9 sacks

    Kiwanuka’s numbers the last years.

    2009 – 46 tackles 3 sacks
    2010 – 9 tackles 4 sacks
    2011 – 62 tackles 3.5 sacks

    On top of that, Kiwanuka has only played all 16 games once in his career. I’m not saying Osi deserves a new deal from the Giants but I can understand why he doesn’t want to sign an extension for less than Kiwanuka got.
    ==================================
    Kiwi played LB’er all season, in a 4-3, so his sack count would be lower. They will go up now that he is rotating on the DE.

  57. rushbacker says: Apr 30, 2012 1:37 PM

    Man, does this dude EVER shut up about his contract???

  58. bencoates57 says: Apr 30, 2012 2:06 PM

    For all that talking you did, Matt Light sure kept you quiet during the SB. A couple of hurries, 1 knockdown, no sacks. Pfft. I have no problem with you pushing for as much money as you can get, but when someone pushes back, you take the money and run.

  59. eaglebranded says: Apr 30, 2012 2:31 PM

    Just trade him and to all the fans that think he is washed up trade him . Without OSI that team should still suceed. One man don’t make a team. Nah they need to keep him he is still the best end on that team . Yeah jpp is a beast but OSI is a monster. His injuries seem to happen when he has been un happy about his contract. Pay him and maybe he stop sitting out for some of them injuries. He might try and play . Then again just trade him and see

  60. greymares says: Apr 30, 2012 3:05 PM

    1/2 of what he wants is still twice as much as he deserves (back-up don’t earn much)

  61. cometophillyforthecrack says: Apr 30, 2012 9:13 PM

    giants 6-10 this in 12′. book it.

  62. godfatherd says: May 1, 2012 10:36 AM

    Kiwi played LB’er all season, in a 4-3, so his sack count would be lower. They will go up now that he is rotating on the DE.

    ===================================

    Blackburn and Boley have been their OLBs for the last 2 years. Kiwi has been primarily a DE recently

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