On Saturday, a report emerged that Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora would “never” talk to G.M. Jerry Reese again. As it turns out, “never” is now an accepted synonym for “today.”
According to team spokesman Pat Hanlon’s Twitter feed, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Sunday that Umenyiora and Reese had a “good conversation.”
Umenyiora reportedly wants a new contract or a trade. He has been grousing about his current deal since not long after signing it.
During the now-settled Brady antitrust lawsuit, Umenyiora signed an affidavit that claims Reese promised a new deal or a trade. The affidavit was never filed. Co-owner John Mara has since said that Umenyiora and Reese need to “sit down . . . man-to-man and work this thing out.”
It’s unclear whether Saturday’s conversation resulted in “this thing” being worked out. Per various reports, defensive tackle Chris Canty told the media Sunday that Osi doesn’t want to be a distraction.
The problem is that Osi already has been a distraction. The only way to end it will be to pay him or trade him.