Even though the writing was on the wall the moment he signed his Band-aid contract, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora was always careful to leave the door open for a return.
Now that the season’s over, there’s apparently no point in maintaining the illusion.
During an interview on The Michael Kay Show, Umenyiora admitted it’s “time to move on.”
“I just feel fortunate to be able to play 10 years in New York in this city and that organization,” Umenyiora said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “It was a great run, a great ride. I think now is probably time to move on.”
The 31-year-old defensive end hasn’t been happy about his contract for years, and in March, he’ll have an opportunity to find out what his market truly is. It would have been better if he was coming off more than a 6.0-sack season, but he wasn’t an every down player in New York, and playing around other pass-rushers cut into his opportunities.
“I’ve earned the right to be a free agent,” Umenyiora said. “It’s been 10 years. I signed a seven-year deal and they made me play out all seven of those years. If they wanted me back, I think something would have been done before now. . . .
“There’s really not much left for me to accomplish here in New York. If you look at things that have been done here, what is there that is to be done that I haven’t done? We’ve won a championship twice. I think I’ve been a Pro Bowl player. And everything has pretty much gone better than I could have ever imagined here in New York. So if there is a time to leave, it would probably be now.”
Yeah, that should pretty much take care of any thoughts he might return. Good for Umenyiora for not bothering with equivocation.