Osi Umenyiora unsure about his future with Giants

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It certainly was an eventful year in the life of Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

He spent the lockout as one of the plantiffs in a court case against the league, supplied an affidavit that pretty much called Giants G.M. Jerry Reese a lawyer liar (Freudian slip?), staged a short holdout in camp because of unhappiness about his contract and then chose to have knee surgery shortly after reporting. He missed three games, returned and then suffered an ankle injury that cost him four more games. He returned again for the end of the season and the playoffs and came up with one of the bigger plays of the Super Bowl run when he stripped Aaron Rodgers in the third quarter of the victory over the Packers.

Umenyiora made it clear during the season that he was still unhappy about his contract, which has one year at $3.975 million remaining, but that he wasn’t going to make a stink about it during the season. The season ended on Sunday night and it didn’t take long for questions about the future to start flying Umenyiora’s way.

“Honestly, I am going to go home and sleep, enjoy this victory and we will get to that,” Umenyiora said, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com. “I don’t know what is going to happen. I haven’t really thought about this. It will all be up to them. I have nothing to do with that.”

It actually won’t all be up to the Giants. They could choose to trade or release Umenyiora, but if they don’t avail themselves of those choices and don’t offer the defensive end a new contract then the ball will be right back in Umenyiora’s court.

Umenyiora’s past comments have indicated he’s looking for elite pass rusher money, something that the Giants might not be willing to offer. The emergence of Jason Pierre-Paul, Umenyiora’s injury history and the need to address other areas of the team would all seem to work against Umenyiora getting the kind of deal he’s talked about in the past. If that deal isn’t forthcoming, it could be another year of drama for the defensive end.

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19 responses to “Osi Umenyiora unsure about his future with Giants

  1. He spent the lockout as one of the plantiffs in a court case against the league, supplied an affidavit that pretty much called Giants G.M. Jerry Reese a lawyer
    Do you mean “a liar”? Because that was what he called Reese. Although I’m not sure which is the bigger insult.

  2. Osi is a very good player. But Elite? Not at this point in his career, age and injuries can’t warrant a big contract. Some team will overpay for him tho.

  3. “Thanks for the memories and rings, Osi. Don’t sign with the Eagles.”

    You do realize, and the post makes it very clear, he’s under contract, right? So, he CAN’T sign with the Eagles. He COULD be TRADED to the Eagles, but the Giants would put him on IR for the whole season before they did that.

  4. I do realize that, yes, but the Giants won’t get much in a trade and I can see them just washing their hands of him to move on in other areas

  5. I think that Osi is far more vital to the Giants than people realize. As awesome as JPP and Tuck are, the strength of the Giants’ line has been unbelievable depth. Teams can cut off one of it’s heads and two more appear.

    If I’m Jerry Reese I would try to retain- or satisfy, I guess- him.

  6. Im gonna let Jerry make the decisions. If he listened to the people these comments our season would have ended with a lose to the Jets and TC would be looking for work right now.

  7. 4 Million a year and he is crying give me a break

    Go away you see how that worked out for Boss and Smith and lets not forget Tiki and Shockey

    The giants are my teams but come on man 4 millon a year to spend all but 17 hours a year working out. And for half the 17 hours you sit and watch the O

    I will say he is good but 4 million is more then enough

  8. cruuuz – They would, at minimum, get a third rounder for him. JR ain’t letting a very affordable, by NFL standards, DE go for nothing. No chance he gets cut.

  9. He’s not going anywhere, unless someone ponies up a 1st round pick in the next 2 1/2 months.

    It’s in his best interest to come back to NY. If he wants to leave after 2012, then fine, he’ll always be a favorite of mine and we’ll have the great memories and the rings.

  10. At least these comments were relatively harmless to this point.

    He doesn’t seem to get it, he is older and is staying injured. Players like that typically don’t get premier money because they can’t typically earn it all.

    If he were to look for maybe 6 – 7 a year he might get it. He should set his sites a little more realistically.

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