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Osi Umenyiora’s back with the Giants and singing a happier tune

Giants defensive end Umenyiora stretches during practice for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis Reuters

It’s a bit strange to see the quotes attributed to Osi Umenyiora coming out of Giants practice on Monday.

There’s no rancor to anything coming out of the defensive end’s mouth on his first day practicing with the team since restructuring his contract. Umenyior isn’t calling General Manager Jerry Reese a liar and no one is accusing anyone of being a greedy pig, which is very different from life before the new deal was struck. If the Giants’ plan for giving Umenyiora more money this season was to make the air around his locker a bit less toxic, they have accomplished their mission.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Umenyiora no longer has any problem serving as a backup to Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul. That had been a consistent area of complaint for Umenyiora, as had the fact that the Giants were choosing to give bigger money to other players on the defense. Umenyiora’s not sweating that anymore either.

“If I was them I’d do the same thing. Obviously you have Tuck who is the face of the franchise, and then you have JPP who’s a young phenom. You know, obviously I’m still a very good football player but you can’t pay all of us. You can’t pay us all that kind of money. There’s just no way you can do that. You’re going to hamstring your franchise. So I would make the exact same decisions if I was them.”

Umenyiora also tried selling the idea that he was neither unhappy nor disgruntled with the Giants as he tried to get more money from them over the last few years. If that’s the case, Hollywood should be ringing Osi immediately because he played the part of unhappy, disgruntled defensive end with a believability that Daniel Day-Lewis couldn’t begin to approach.

Umenyiora also said, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com, that he turned down a multi-year deal offered by the Giants so that he could become a free agent after this season. He also said a disagreement over that course of action led him to part with agent Tony Agnone, although Umenyiora said that he plans to rehire him now that his deal has been signed.

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18 Responses to “Osi Umenyiora’s back with the Giants and singing a happier tune”
  1. bigjdve says: Jun 4, 2012 1:46 PM

    Great Osi sounds happy now that he got his way.

    He wasn’t ever unhappy, even though he said that he was. I wonder which statement was correct.

  2. duncanthecat says: Jun 4, 2012 1:57 PM

    Yeah, time to strain that muscle again.

  3. phonymcringring says: Jun 4, 2012 2:02 PM

    It wasn’t about the money. It was about respect (money).

  4. solomon151 says: Jun 4, 2012 2:08 PM

    Somebody put on his big boy pants today.. Look he got a belt on too!!!!!!! LOL

  5. pftcensorssuck says: Jun 4, 2012 2:52 PM

    Umenyiora also said, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com, that he turned down a multi-year deal offered by the Giants so that he could become a free agent after this season. He also said a disagreement over that course of action led him to part with agent Tony Agnone, although Umenyiora said that he plans to rehire him now that his deal has been signed.
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    Wait ….. he fired his agent so he could get a deal done ….. and now that the deal is done he’s going to hire that agent back …..

    Ummm….. isn’t an agent’s main function to negotiate a contract for his client?

    Tell me again why he needs that agent?

  6. drekomp says: Jun 4, 2012 3:09 PM

    He’ll want a new deal in 2 weeks.

  7. bdawkins20 says: Jun 4, 2012 3:22 PM

    ever since strahan left this guy has been a after thought and injury prone and there is now way he gets that cash next year in free agency. he will get hurt again this year. beside with jpp and tuck, osi is really a back up now.

  8. farty5 says: Jun 4, 2012 3:23 PM

    Overrated, soft, and the 3rd best DL on his team – LeSean McCoy was right, Umenyiora is even agreeing with him.

  9. greenmachine14 says: Jun 4, 2012 3:33 PM

    Look forward to next season when this baby is bitching about a new contract…OVERRATED

  10. gcsuk says: Jun 4, 2012 3:44 PM

    greenmachine14 says: Jun 4, 2012 3:33 PM

    Look forward to next season when this baby is bitching about a new contract…OVERRATED
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    Typical Eagles (or maybe Jets) fan…always looking forward to NEXT season.
    Giants fans are looking forward to THIS season. Osi should, barring injury (I know, I know) put up fantastic numbers. He KNOWS he only has one contract left in his career, so he will most likely leave it all on the field this year, to try and get everything he can.

  11. jdandcoke says: Jun 4, 2012 3:48 PM

    giants fans should actually be content: not only osi happy that he got a few extra mill but he’s also playing for the last big contract of his career. he’ll have a MONSTER year this season.

    next year, when he’s 32 and in the first year of that contract….and getting injured….he’ll be another teams problem.

    all in all though, im happy that osi was a giant; despite the nonsense he was very good at what he did.

  12. bigjd says: Jun 4, 2012 3:49 PM

    How long is he happy for? Until next year when he starts crying for a new contract again?

  13. granadafan says: Jun 4, 2012 4:15 PM

    Normally I’m on the side of players, but Osi’s greed destroyed any good will.

  14. dukemarc says: Jun 4, 2012 4:35 PM

    If I was his “former” soon to be “current” agent, I’d tell him to pound sand – what good is it to the agent if he’s already been cut out of the commision on the contract? It’s not like Osi has a ton of endorsements coming in.

  15. bearsstillsuck says: Jun 4, 2012 6:43 PM

    He’ll be happy until somebody else gets a raise.

  16. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 4, 2012 7:07 PM

    The same guys on here calling him overrated this year will be screaming for their team to sign him next year…

  17. wave222 says: Jun 4, 2012 8:02 PM

    The idea on Defense is to take the ball away!!
    OSI/LT = TAKE THE BALL AWAY FROM THE OFFENSE!! Any questions????
    Giants need OSI!!-OSI needs Giants; for now anyway.
    Jets & Eagles fans should think about their teams?They have their own issues.Just hope for some fair games without the Jaspers wrecking the outcomes.

  18. bosspower says: Jun 5, 2012 9:25 AM

    Ok Osi Now it’s time to Shut-up and get some Strip Sacks, Lets’s force Vick, Cam, and RG3 to run up the Middle into Shaun Rodgers. Or they can run into JPP and Tuck. I dnt care as long as they dnt get by!!!!!

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