Osi’s new deal surely not what he had envisioned


Not long after former Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora signed a multi-year contract in 2006, he wasn’t happy with it.  But he never was able to get the new payday he wanted in New York.

We’re told that, within the past year or two, he turned down a three-year, $18 million package from the Giants.

Umenyiora got far less than that from the Falcons.  His two-year, $8.5 million deal averages $4.25 million per season.  And while it puts him back on the market again in time for what some think will be a spike in the salary cap, Osi also will be 34 years old by then.

Umenyiora received a signing bonus of $2.5 million, along with a base salary of $1.75 million in 2013.  Next year, he’s due to pocket a $1 million roster bonus and a $2.5 million base salary.  (An unspecified escalator appears in the deal.)

It’s possible that the Falcons will decide to make it a one-year arrangement, absorbing $1.25 million in dead money next year while avoiding $3.5 million in compensation.  After all, the Falcons cut bait on John Abraham only one season after he signed a multi-year contract in free agency.

27 responses to “Osi’s new deal surely not what he had envisioned

  1. Don’t matter how u try to turn it, it was good for both sides. Dude is 31 years old with a chance to win a ring before he leaves. The Falcons are a good team.

  2. Why is this news? What do you expect from a has been player for a second tier team like the Giants?

    News is something about RG3 and the Redskins or how other teams are competing to make sure they can be runners up to the Redskins for the best team in football.

  3. You suppose if he played in a smaller market than New York that this dude would go mostly unnoticed?

  4. Some of these players and agents are going to have to realize that if the cap number doesn’t go up, then you just can’t give a bunch of raises out to half the team.

    It’s going to be the same way next year also IMO.

    The writing is on the wall.

  5. Cap spike? The players are going to be real upset when the NFL starts setting aside money (pre-split) for the lawsuit defense. That ought to keep the cap fairly stagnant.

  6. @ hartcarluncarlun re: “Don’t matter how u try to turn it, it was good for both sides. Dude is 31 years old with a chance to win a ring before he leaves. The Falcons are a good team.”

    He’s already GOT rings! Gints are a GREAT team!

  7. explosionsauce says:
    Apr 1, 2013 2:15 PM
    You surely enjoy using the word surely

    Yes he does, and please stop calling him Shirley

  8. Wow logical can you please share the drugs you are smoking cause we would all love to live in your fantasy world. Once again you need to win something before you can be the best team and what has it been 20 years since you even sniffed greatness? How many trophy’s do the Giants have in that time but you are right they are a second tier team. Good thing it’s April Fools or someone might actually believe you.

  9. He hasn’t proved he belongs with the Falcons yet. Once he has blown at least one close game to the Saints and disappeared in the second half of a playoff game, he will prove he belongs and they will extend him. If he gets too frustrated with losing, the chemistry will not work, and he will have to go.

  10. Lets be honest. Osi had one dominant year statistically. That year was fueled by a 6 or 7 sack game against the eagles, when Michael Strahan was still around to attract all of the extra attention from blockers. The perceived success of Osi’s career is pretty much based on a single prime time performance. Hes a decent pass rusher who is terrified to defend the run- nothing more. Only reason we know his name is because of the team he played for.

  11. hartcarluncarlun says: Apr 1, 2013 1:55 PM

    Don’t matter how u try to turn it, it was good for both sides. Dude is 31 years old with a chance to win a ring before he leaves. The Falcons are a good team.

    Osi has TWO rings already. This is not a guy desperate to win a Superbowl. He is going for the money, plain and simple. If he could have gotten more from the Jaguars or Browns (teams not in contention) he would have taken it.

  12. @gochargersgo – his strip sack on Rodgers in the 2012 playoff game on a play that would have changed the tide of the game was infinitely more important than his 6 sack game. Your hate for all things Giants and jealousy of Eli choosing NY over your failing organization oozes through your posts.

  13. I’m surprised he turned down that contract offer from the Giants (assuming that’s what he was offered). Osi is a very good DE, but he’s not an elite player.

    My guess is that he will not do as well in Atlanta, if for no other reason than the Falcons don’t have the same type of rotating DL system the Giants have, and the rest of the Falcon pass rushers aren’t as good as those Osi played next to in New York.

  14. 8.5 million is 170 times 50k, a decent salary in the US today.

    I don’t have any sympathy that he didn’t make more. For 2 years work he’s making what many people would take more than 3 lifetimes to make.

  15. sad to see this bum leave the division.
    if nothing else, he was good off season entertainment.

    in 9 seasons, this clown never once broke 50 tackles.
    He had double digit sacks in only threes seasons. ** as stated above, this would only be two seasons if you exclude the 7 sack effort against King Dunlap..

    I love that he thinks that he was the reason the Giants defense was sick a few years back.
    LeSean McCoy called him a punk then proved it.
    His own teamates don’t like him.

    Now he moves to Atlanta to show how mediocre he truly is. . & why they hell did they let go abraham to sign another aged DE for the same $$$$??

  16. Cry baby glad he left the G-Men. All he wants is money. Natty baby ice will not win a ring in my life time….

  17. Gee, I wondered how long it would take before the words “Osi Umenyora”, “unhappy” and “money” were going to end up in the same sentence.

    Thank you for clearing that up. Now, we can move along…

  18. myeaglescantwin says:
    Apr 1, 2013 3:38 PM
    ** as stated above, this would only be two seasons if you exclude the 7 sack effort against King Dunlap..
    1) Winston Justice.

    2) McCoy punking Osi? That game begins and ends with Osi flashing two rocks at McCoy’s neck.

    3) Why Osi over Abraham. Well…since the Falcons GM might know a little bit more about their defense than you (you don’t even know that Justice was Osi’s turnstile victim), perhaps he signed Osi because, you know…he’s better, has less mileage AND is 3 years younger.

  19. Loved Osi with the GMEN, but the dude’s a diva and he doesn’t know what he wants from one day to the next. The GMEN made him fair offers, he’ll regret leaving.

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