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RoanokeFan
05-31-2012, 11:02 PM
GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FIRES AGENT TONY AGNONE IN MIDST OF CONTRACT SQUABBLE (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_osi_umenyiora_fires_age.html)

"Unable to get a new contract or a trade to another team to this point, Osi
Umenyiora has parted ways with his agent of five years, Tony Agnone.


The Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants)' two-time Pro Bowl
defensive end confirmed what Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal was picking
up on when she noted on Wednesday <a href="https://twitter.com/SBJLizMullen/status/207938314559422464">Agnone was no
longer listed on the NFL Players Association's website</a> as being Umenyiora's
agent. Agnone told Mullen he hadn't received a termination notice but Umenyiora
claims he's fired Agnone.</p>


Well, so to speak.</p>


"Fired is too harsh a word," Umenyiora wrote, though he made it clear that's
what's occurred. "I just came to the conclusion that this situation I don't
think he can help me with."</p>


This is actually the second time Umenyiora has fired Agnone this offseason,
according to someone informed of Umenyiora's dealings with Agnone. The person,
who requested anonymity because the first firing wasn't reported and went
largely unnoticed, said Agnone convinced Umenyiora to rehire him because he was
confident he could reach a contract extension with the Giants or get him dealt
elsewhere.</p>


It's possible Umenyiora could rehire Agnone again, though Umenyiora indicated
he's unsure what will transpire.</p>


"I have no agent currently," he wrote, "and I'm not really looking for
one."</p>


Agnone, who could not be immediately reached for comment, has been
Umenyiora's agent since the 2007 offseason, only a few months after Umenyiora
signed a six-year contract extension that was in essence a seven-year deal
because he was already under contract for the '07 season. Umenyiora hired Agnone
at the suggestion of Michael Strahan, whom Agnone also represented. (Agnone's
firm, Eastern Athletic Services, currently represents Giants guard Chris
Snee.)</p>


Umenyiora fired his first agents and signed with EAS because, as he's said a
few times, he believed the deal he was signing was only for five "new" seasons
and would run through 2011, not 2012. Umenyiora and Agnone have been squabbling
with the Giants for a few years now and have had a few standoffs, including last
summer when the Giants granted Agnone permission to seek a trade and then <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/08/giants_tell_osi_umenyiora_agen.html">told
Agnone he was no longer allowed to do so</a>.</p>


Umenyiora is under contract for this season at a base salary of $3.925
million. He recently claimed the Giants' latest offer to him <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/04/giants_osi_umenyiora_says_hes_1.html">contained
only half of the $10.95 million guaranteed Mathias Kiwanuka received</a>.
Kiwanuka is one of a few players who <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_mathias_kiwanuka_comes.html">have
recently come to Umenyiora's defense</a>. Justin Tuck said tonight at his annual
billiards tournament to benefit his charity "R.U.S.H for Literacy" he's hopeful
Umenyiora will get a new deal with the Giants.</p>


"Osi's been a part of our success here and I just feel as though he needs to
be rewarded for that. Hopefully, the Giants can do that," Tuck said on the red
carpet outside Slate in Manhattan before the event began. "But you understand
the business. You understand Jerry Reese is going to do everything in his power
and our ownership is going to do everything in their power to put the best team
forward.</p>


"I'm not really picking sides on that; I'm just stating the obvious."</p>


Umenyiora was scheduled to attend Tuck's event, though word was he was to
arrive later. He did not make an appearance during the red-carpet portion of the
event."</p>

Mod_C
05-31-2012, 11:08 PM
I sure hope Osi doesn't plan on being his own agent. He says he's not looking for one but that just doesn't make sense.

buddy33
05-31-2012, 11:13 PM
This is getting ugly Osi. Just play it out!

JMFP2
05-31-2012, 11:20 PM
Oy vey.

RoanokeFan
05-31-2012, 11:41 PM
I'm guessing this wasn't a planned move by Osi.

NY_Eli
05-31-2012, 11:56 PM
Having trouble reconciling this story with the one about how JR and Osi's side are working on a new deal. Is Osi representing himself now?!

THE_New_York_Giants
05-31-2012, 11:57 PM
Here comes Drew Rosenhaus.

Harooni
06-01-2012, 12:00 AM
Here comes Drew Rosenhaus.
yep jeez.

buddy33
06-01-2012, 09:20 AM
He can hire any agent he wants. The Giants are still have the upper hand.

G-ManSB42
06-01-2012, 09:48 AM
Here comes Drew Rosenhaus.There goes Osi then

FBomb
06-01-2012, 09:52 AM
Here comes Drew Rosenhaus.There goes Osi then</P>


Where? Osi is under contract. He isn't GOING anywhere unless the Giants trade him.Hiring DR isn't going to give Osi any more leverage than what he doesn't have already.</P>

Mod_C
06-01-2012, 10:01 AM
Here comes Drew Rosenhaus.There goes Osi then</p>


Where? Osi is under contract. He isn't GOING anywhere unless the Giants trade him.Hiring DR isn't going to give Osi any more leverage than what he doesn't have already.</p>

Drew Rosenhaus and Jerry Reese actually have a very good business relationship. Osi last hinted he may represent himself. That would be a huge mistake.

GMENAGAIN
06-01-2012, 10:03 AM
Here comes Drew Rosenhaus.</P>


He can bring in whoever he wants . . . . the fact of the matter here is that the Giants have all of the power and Osi has none. If they do anything for Osi it will be only on the Giants's terms and if he doesn't like that, he can pound sand.</P>

Morehead State
06-01-2012, 10:15 AM
Here comes Drew Rosenhaus.There goes Osi then</P>


Where? Osi is under contract. He isn't GOING anywhere unless the Giants trade him.Hiring DR isn't going to give Osi any more leverage than what he doesn't have already.</P>


</P>


No but his tactics might change. I smell a hold out.</P>

RoanokeFan
06-01-2012, 10:27 AM
Here comes Drew Rosenhaus.There goes Osi then</p>


Where? Osi is under contract. He isn't GOING anywhere unless the Giants trade him.Hiring DR isn't going to give Osi any more leverage than what he doesn't have already.</p>


</p>


No but his tactics might change. I smell a hold out.</p>

That would be a mistake for Osi on two levels: The fines will be costly, he will lose valuable time that could be better spent shopping his current talents.

I really hope he doesn't try to represent himself. Football players are not known for their business acumen.

G-Man67
06-01-2012, 10:39 AM
i just shot a resume over to Osi

RoanokeFan
06-01-2012, 10:42 AM
i just shot a resume over to Osi

His prayers have been answered!

JesseJames
06-01-2012, 12:13 PM
Osi is turning the Giants off season into a "Groundhog Day" rerun, same ole same ole every year....