Osi Umenyiora hopes to stay with Giants, open to playing for Jets

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It’s long been assumed that the Giants and defensive end Osi Umenyiora would be parting ways after 10 years that featured a pair of Super Bowl titles and nearly constant complaining from Umenyiora about his contract.

The two sides agreed to a restructured contract that made 2014, which was to be the final year of the deal Umenyiora seemed to regret the moment he signed it, a voidable year in order to give Umenyiora a chance to become a free agent. Since the Giants chose that route rather than an extension, it signaled a desire to move on and Umenyiora said he thought it was time to move on himself in an interview just after the end of the season.

Despite that, Umenyiora said Thursday that he still harbors hope of remaining with the Giants. He acknowledges that he’d probably make more money elsewhere, although he says that money isn’t the most important thing to him, and finishing his career with the team that made him a firstsecond-round pick in 2003. If things don’t work out that way, though, Umenyiora also said that he’s open to playing his home games in the same stadium while wearing a different color.

“Rex Ryan, when I was coming out of college he was with Baltimore at the time and he came down to work me out at Troy, he came to Atlanta, just me and him,” Umenyiora said, via the New York Post. “We had a pretty good time out there so I’ve always enjoyed him as a coach and as a person. That might be a good fit. Hopefully it will be with the Giants.”

Such are the things that New York tabloid dreams are made of, but schematic and salary cap considerations probably mean that Umenyiora is going to wind up in another city altogether in 2013.

19 responses to “Osi Umenyiora hopes to stay with Giants, open to playing for Jets

  1. Osi was not a first round pick. Accorsi was genius to not include him in the Eli trade.

    Btw Fishfood fool, Osi has as many Super Bowl rings as your entire pathetic organization.

  2. OSI must know that Mark Sanchez has more playoff wins than Tom Brady over the past 4 years.

  3. The Giants need to shake up that d-line. They played uninspired most of the games. Unless Tuck was hurting, his run should be over too. Put Kiwanuka back at end where he belongs. A new DC might be in order also.

  4. bubbybrister/shovelpass says:Jan 31, 2013 6:35 PM

    OSI must know that Mark Sanchez has more playoff wins than Tom Brady over the past 4 years.

    Wonder if Osi knows that the Patriots have won nothing without Mangini. Right BB?

  5. blazecili says:
    Jan 31, 2013 6:18 PM
    Osi was not a first round pick. Accorsi was genius to not include him in the Eli trade.

    Btw Fishfood fool, Osi has as many Super Bowl rings as your entire pathetic organization.

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    Pretty sure AJ Smith wanted Tuck, not Osi.

  6. raynman49 says:
    Jan 31, 2013 6:35 PM
    The Giants need to shake up that d-line. They played uninspired most of the games. Unless Tuck was hurting, his run should be over too. Put Kiwanuka back at end where he belongs. A new DC might be in order also.
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    tuck played much of the year with a torn shoulder labrum. not a good thing for a lineman to be playing with.

  7. I see my Seahawks renting his services for a year or 2 to develop their ends in last year’s draft and this upcoming one. He could provide depth at a position that cost this team severely after clemens went down.

  8. As a Jet fan I don’t think we need him as a DE but if he’s affordable I think he can be a BIG impact rotation package player. I have always respected Osi and loved listening to him on ESPN radio (NY). I would love to see him part of the gang green.

  9. he has a good chance at thrid ring with big blue. i think he will take the money and play somewhere else though. he will regret it soon after or years later.

    thanks for the memories Osi. 2x CHAMP!

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