Strahan calls Giants treatment of Umenyiora “robbery”

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The discord between the defending Super Bowl champs and defensive end Osi Umenyiora has ended, and one former player who knows a thing or two about discord with the franchise thinks it shouldn’t have.

Former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan thinks that current Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is still getting screwed, even after getting a new deal for 2012.

To be honest with you, it’s flat-out robbery,” Strahan told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

“If it were me, I would have sat at home and I wouldn’t have played,’’ Strahan said. “That’s just me.  I’ve threatened to do that in my time and I ended up getting what I wanted.  Osi’s a different mindset than me.  I’m probably a little more, ‘I don’t care what people think.’”

Of course, the last time Strahan wanted more money (which also was the first time Osi wanted more money), Strahan held out, racking up more than $500,000 in fines.  When Strahan finally returned, he didn’t get an increase in his $4 million salary.  All he received was an undisclosed reduction in the amount of his total fine.

Strahan seems to realize that, in the end, all that matters is whether Osi is happy.  “If he played well under the previous situations of being unhappy to being somewhat happy now, I’m sure he’ll do great,” Strahan said.

It’s not surprising that Strahan regards Osi’s adjusted deal, which increases his 2012 pay from $3.975 million to $7 million, as less than Osi deserves.  Strahan’s agent during his playing days was Tony Agnone, and Agnone temporarily stepped aside from the representation of Umenyiora because Agnone believed, as Strahan does, that the compromise doesn’t properly compensate the player.

The fact that Strahan can casually sound off about his belief that the team is screwing Umenyiora demonstrates how much equity he has with Giants fans.  Few if any will criticize Strahan for trying to stir up trouble where longstanding trouble finally had been solved.

If any other former Giants player had said what Strahan said (e.g., Tiki Barber), Giants fans would have been flabbergasted.

21 responses to “Strahan calls Giants treatment of Umenyiora “robbery”

  1. Tiki Barber, Michael Strahan, Amani Toomer…why is the the former Giants talk more trash than the current ones? Shut up and let the current guys keep winning. They’re doing something right.

  2. Seven million? Only seven million? How ever will he get by. Does he have a family to feed? Perhaps we can take up a collection for him. Possibly the Salvation Army could help him out with a place to live. Goodwill has nice clothes.

    Poor baby.

  3. Just my opinion but I think Strahan was a much better player than Osi, and therefore had much more leverage too.

  4. I disagree, Based on your facts of Strahans holdout with the Giants, he should keep his mouth shut and let a happy Osi play!!

  5. Didn’t Osi sign this contract extension after negotiating it during his second year in the league?
    So next time play out the whole contract and have more leverage. I hate when players sign deals then in a couple years hate the deal they negotiated and bitch about more money.

  6. He should hold out, demand a trade, and come to New Orleans. According to God-dell, there are plenty of opportunities here to supplement that meager income for a defensive player of Osi’s caliber.

  7. The Giants are paying a back-up end $7million next year. Perhaps Osi could have fetched more in the open market, but I can’t imagine that the Giants could have afforded to give him more of their wallet share. Remember, part of Osi’s situation is a product of contracts that he signed without a gun held to his head. If Osi made poor business choices, he screwed himself.

  8. Robbery? Let’s see – He has two jobs, but he only does one of them well. In fact, the second one – stopping the run -he’s so notoriously bad at, that opponents game plan to exploit it. He has a long history of injuries keeping him out many key games. He denigrates and insults his bosses and has – on occasion – become a locker room distraction. Finally, he’s coming towards the end of his career and there is young player on the team that is already better and shows the potential of a Hall of Fame career. Sorry, Stray, if anything, he’s more than fairly compensated. You were a great Giants, Mike, and I thank you for your contributions to the team. But, you have serious judgement and perspective issues when your emotions are involved. Just look over your divorce papers and you’ll know what I mean.

  9. Fair point about Tiki, but in all honesty, when I read the headline, I thought to myself “just shut up Strahan, things are going smoothly right now.” Not that Osi could adjust his contract so soon after signing a new deal anyway, and he’ll be a FA next season, but there’s no point in stirring the pot. That being said, Strahan has always supported the Giants since retiring, rarely said anything controversial, and, barring anything major, will always be held in high regards by Giants fans.

  10. these people STILL haven’t stumbled on to the fact that every time they whine about not getting enough millions of dollars to play a GAME they piss off more people. And in times like this they only make it worse on themselves.


  11. Everyone wants to make as much as possible. But Osi has gotten around $50,000,000 playing football … and he’s 31.

    They need to have some perspective. Otherwise they’re going to look like greedy pigs.

  12. There are more B*s on this website than on eHarmony…

    As a Redskins fan, the man deserves to be paid.

    It’s hilarious how hard Dan Snyder is hated on, on PFT, but at least he’s not afraid to open the check book.

    Granted, he’s made a lot of suspect decisions, but contract negotiations are never an issue in DC…something all Redskins fans appreciate.


  13. When I’m able to make millions playing a game and call it “robbery,” I’ll be set.

  14. Tragic just tragic, that Uni isn’t getting the billions that he deserves. Hey if I can save just twenty dollars per paycheck from now till opening day I might be able to buy a ticket to go see a game …woohoo!!!

  15. Let me see if I have this right. The GIANTS spend conservatively and have four Super Bowls in four consecutive decades. The Redskins spend lavishly and are consistently in last place in the NFC East. AM I MISSING SOMETHING HERE.

  16. Where to begin? Strahan almost retired before 2007 and came back right before the season started. He played well, for sure, but if not for Eli’s two TD drives in the 4th of XLII, he wouldn’t be on those “hilarious” ring club commercials for the FOX sports guys. This just a few short years after he proclaimed he was not a “babysitter” when the Giants released Collins and drafted Manning. Stray, as a huge Giants fan, I love you, but stick to FOX please?

    And as far as being flabbergasted is concerned? Guys like Tiki, LT and Burress have done nothing in their post-Giants career other than make the Giants fans embarassed they ever cheered for them. Stray has been pretty supportive of the franchise and, to this point, has stayed out of trouble. Therein lies the difference. Somebody is obviously still upset he picked the Giants to lose in every round of the playoffs and got his ego hurt as a result.

  17. I am a die-hard giants fan, and have been for over 30 years.
    The one thing that always bugged me about strahan – was in ’97 or’98 when Jim Fassel’s mother passed and Fassel was away at the funeral – strahan picked THAT WEEK to blast Fassel in the media – i have never forgotten that, and i have never been able to be a strahan fan because of that. I will always consider strahan a spineless sissy for that behavior, no matter how much he comes accross as “a great guy and team mate” – but – that is just my opinion…….. and my opinion will always be that he is a GIGANTIC FAKE.

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