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OSI UMENYIORA HAS "PEACE OF MIND" AFTER RESTRUCTURING CONTRACT WITH GIANTS (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/osi_umenyiora_has_peace_of_min.html)

"Osi Umenyiora said four years of griping about his contract both publicly and
behind the scenes was “affecting me in a bad way.” Unable to get a long-term
extension or a trade, he opted for the best solution for everyone.


The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end and the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/) reached a one-year solution to a
multi-year problem Friday by agreeing to restructure the final season of
Umenyiora’s contract, thereby providing him with a few million dollars extra
this year and a chance to earn plenty more as a free agent next spring while
guaranteeing the team another season from a motivated, focused pass-rusher.</p>


“I appreciate Osi’s patience and effort through this process,” Giants general
manager Jerry Reese said in the news release announcing the move. “We talked it
out, and it makes sense for everybody involved. We are very pleased, excited and
looking forward to seeing No. 72 on the field at Monday’s OTA (organized team
activities session).”</p>


Umenyiora, who has been absent for all of the optional workouts the past
month-plus, confirmed he’ll be at the team’s facility to start next week.</p>


“I’ll be there,” Umenyiora said. “I can’t wait. I’m all in. Like Antrel
(Rolle) says, ‘I’m all in.’?”</p>


And all out of angst.</p>


“This gives me peace of mind, definitely,” he said, adding: “I didn’t like
all the negativity that was surrounding the whole situation. I couldn’t stand
it, because if you know me, you know I’m not that type of person. I’m just happy
all that is over with and I’ll be there.
“I’ll play out this contract, I’ll
play this year, and I’ll play my heart out.”</p>


Someone informed of the details of the agreement said it’s not an extension
and only a reworking of the final year of the contract Umenyiora signed in 2006.
The person, who requested anonymity because the team did not comment on the
terms, said the Giants vowed not to place the franchise tag on Umenyiora next
spring.</p>


Financial terms were not disclosed, either, but a person informed of the
talks between the sides said the Giants were recently offering to almost double
the $3.975 million Umenyiora was owed in base salary in 2012.</p>


The person, who also asked not to be named because the negotiations were to
remain private, said the team was proposing an additional $2 million to $2.5
million in a signing bonus, another $500,000 or so in a roster bonus and an
unspecified bonus if Umenyiora reached 10 sacks for the fourth time in his
career. All of that puts the total offer in the $7 million to $7.5 million
range.</p>


The Giants’ recent offer also included an easily voidable year in 2013 to
help spread the salary-cap hit over two seasons, though it’s unclear if that was
included in the final agreement.</p>


All of the previous negotiations were done under the supervision of Tony
Agnone, Umenyiora’s agent from 2007 through this week. But <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_osi_umenyiora_fires_age.html">Umenyiora
confirmed in an e-mail to The Star-Ledger on Thursday he’d fired Agnone</a>,
which indicates he finalized the deal by himself. It also means Umenyiora will
save the standard agent fee on all of the “new” money he’ll earn. (At a standard
fee of 3 percent, Umenyiora likely saved about $100,000 there.)</p>


The timing of Umenyiora’s firing Agnone shortly before a new deal was reached
indicates Agnone might’ve been a road block to an agreement.</p>


“I’m just happy, I’m happy all that’s over with,” Umenyiora said. “It’s time
to get back to work. It was definitely frustrating (not being on the field this
spring), but <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_mathias_kiwanuka_comes.html">hearing
some of the things (the players) said</a> — whether it was ‘Kiwi’ (Mathias
Kiwanuka) or (Justin) Tuck or (Jason Pierre-Paul) or Antrel (Rolle) — hearing
the way they supported me, it made me want to come back even more and be around
them.</p>


“Those guys really stepped up for me. I really appreciate it and I’m happy to
be here with them.“</p>OSI UMENYIORA, GIANTS AGREE TO RESTRUCTURED CONTRACT (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/06/osi_umenyiora_giants_agree_to.html)

"The contract strife that has clouded the relationship between the Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants/) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora for
the past few years seemingly has come to an end.


The Giants announced today that the club has reworked Umenyiora's contract.
The terms of which were not disclosed but the team announced the deal was
"restructured," as opposed to extended longer than this upcoming season.</p>


"I appreciate Osi’s patience and effort through this process,” Giants general
manager Jerry Reese said in an announcement released by the team. “We talked it
out, and it makes sense for everybody involved. We are very pleased, excited and
looking forward to seeing number 72 on the field at Monday’s OTA.”</p>


Said Umenyiora, "This gives me peace of mind, definitely. We just resolved a
situation. It really was affecting me in a bad way. Because I didn’t like all
the negativity that was surrounding the whole situation. I couldn’t stand it,
because if you know me, you know I’m not that type of person. I’m just happy all
that is over with and I’ll be there. I’ll play out this contract, I’ll play this
year and I’ll play my heart out.”</p>


Umenyiora's absence from the Giants' voluntary organized training activities
this offseason has been conspicuous. There had been much speculation about
whether he would show up for the only mandatory event of the spring, which is
the full-squad minicamp from June 11-13.</p>


The mystery has now been eliminated. Umenyiora said in the team's release he
will be alongside his teammates Monday.</p>


“I’ll be there,” Umenyiora said. “I can’t wait. I’m all in. Like Antrel
(Rolle) says, 'I’m all in.'”</p>


The financial terms of the contract have yet to be fully revealed but someone
informed of the communcation between the sides said the Giants were recently
offering a bump to the final season of Umenyiora's contract. The person
requested anonymity because the negotiations were to remain private.</p>


Umenyiora was scheduled to earn $3.975 million in base salary this season.
The person said the Giants were offering to add $2-2.5 million in a signing
bonus plus another $500,000 or so in a roster bonus and one more bonus if he
reaches 10 sacks. The offer included an easily voidable 2013 season, which would
allow the team to spread the cap hit over two seasons. It's unclear if the final
agreement wound up in that range, but it's likely close to those numbers.</p>


The Giants' offer (which, again, is likely in the neighborhood of the final
deal) would benefit both sides because the team would get another season out of
a two-time Pro Bowl pass rusher while Umenyiora, 30, would basically double his
salary this season while setting himself up for a big payday next offseason as
an unrestricted free agent. The carrot of hitting the market next spring also
helps the Giants, as Umenyiora will remain motivated this season to prove he
deserves a big contract.</p>


Umenyiora <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_osi_umenyiora_fires_age.html">confirmed
to The Star-Ledger Thursday he parted ways with agent Tony Agnone</a> this week.
The timing of the firing and the contract extension indicates Agnone might have
been a road block to this deal. (Not to mention the 3 percent fee Agnone would
have received. On a contract of $7.5 million, that's $225,000 Umenyiora gets to
keep. 7:00 p.m. UPDATE I'm told Umenyiora would still owe his original agent
on the money that was negotiated back in 2006. So he'd save the fee on the $3
million or so extra, which would equate to $100,000-plus.)</p>


Politics aside, Umenyiora is pleased to put aside haggling over a new
contract, which has been drawn out through the end of the NFL lockout last
summer.</p>


“I’m just happy, I’m happy all that’s over with,” Umenyiora said. “It’s time
to get back to work. It was definitely frustrating (not being on the field this
spring), but <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_mathias_kiwanuka_comes.html">hearing
some of the things they said, whether it was Kiwi</a> or (Justin) Tuck or (Jason
Pierre-Paul) or Antrel (Rolle) – hearing the way they supported me, it made me
want to come back even more and be around them. Those guys really stepped up for
me. I really appreciate it and I’m happy to be here with them."</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u>

BILL PARCELLS VS. TOM COUGHLIN: WHEN IT COMES TOP THE BEST COACH IN GIANTS' HISTORY, START THE DEBATE (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/bill-parcells-tom-coughlin-best-coach-ny-giants-history-start-debate-article-1.1088905)

"Bill Parcells (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Bill+Parcells) is
considered the greatest coach in Giants history and is one of the favorites to
be selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2013. If <a title="Tom Coughlin" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tom+Coughlin">Tom
Coughlin</a> has not completely closed the gap on Parcells as the best Giants
coach of all time, he's at least a big part of the conversation now that he's
tied Parcells with his second Super Bowl championship.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none"><div class="story-body p402_premium" itemprop="articleBody">


I believe the edge goes to Parcells because he’s the one who changed the
culture of the Giants and began this era of five Super Bowl appearances and four
titles beginning with the first Super Bowl in 1986. In the last 26 seasons, the
Giants have won more Super Bowls than any team (Pats and Cowboys have won three)
and only the Patriots have been in more Super Bowls with six.</p>


One more Super Bowl championship, or even appearance, and Coughlin jumps over
Parcells. Steve Owen won two NFL Championships for the Giants when he was their
coach from 1931-53, but he also lost six title games. He coached them nearly
three times longer than Parcells or Coughlin.</p>


Here’s some things to consider in the Parcells vs. Coughlin discussion:</p>


- They each won the Super Bowl in their fourth and eighth seasons with the
Giants. Parcells left after his eighth year. Coughlin, who will soon sign a
multi-year extension, has time to add to his legacy.</p>


- Parcells had to be stopped from talking to Atlanta after his first Super
Bowl and quit after his second. Once he was hired as Giants coach in 2004,
Coughlin has never wanted to leave.</p>


- Parcells’ Super Bowl championships teams were better during the regular
season. His 1986 team was 14-2 and in 1990 they were 13-3. Coughlin's Super Bowl
teams were 10-6 in 2007 and last season became the first 9-7 team to win the
Super Bowl. Parcells beat Hall of Famers John Elway and Jim Kelly in the Super
Bowl. Coughlin has twice defeated Tom Brady, a future Hall of Famer.</p>


- Coughlin, who was hired by Parcells in 1988 and worked for him for three
seasons, has won his two titles with less talent. Parcells had two Hall of Fame
players: Lawrence Taylor, the best defensive player in NFL history, and Harry
Carson, one of the top middle linebackers in history. Parcells also had Carl
Banks, better than any linebacker on Coughlin’s teams. Phil Simms would have
made the Hall of Fame if he hadn’t gotten hurt in 1990 and finished off the
Super Bowl season. Coughlin has two potential Hall of Famers: Eli Manning and
Michael Strahan, who is eligible for the first time after this season and will
be competing with Parcells for one of the five spots. He also has had elite
defensive players with Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul. Hakeem
Nicks and Victor Cruz are better than any receivers Parcells had on his Super
Bowl teams.
</p></div>- Parcells had the benefit of having Bill Belichick to run his defense.
Belichick will make the Hall of Fame for getting the Patriots to five Super
Bowls. Future head coaches Coughlin, Romeo Crennel, Al Groh and Charlie Weis
were also on Parcells’ staff. Coughlin’s staff has been solid — Kevin Gilbride
has done an excellent job with Manning for eight years and former defensive
coordinator Steve Spagnuolo had as a good a year in 2007 as Belichick ever had
as a Giants assistant. Spags went on to coach the Rams.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none"><div class="story-body p402_premium" itemprop="articleBody">


- Including playoff games, Parcells was 85-52-1 with the Giants; Coughlin is
82-57.</p>


It’s a tribute to Coughlin’s resiliency we can even put him anywhere near the
same level as Parcells. There has been no in-between with Coughlin’s teams:
They’ve either won the Super Bowl or been huge disappointments. He was nearly
fired after the 2006 season and was given just a one-year extension after he
basically had to re-interview for his job. He lightened up his approach with the
players, they finally had his back, and then beat the undefeated Patriots in the
Super Bowl, perhaps the second greatest Super Bowl upset in history following
the Jets over the Colts in Super Bowl III.</p>


Full disclosure: I thought the Giants should fire Coughlin after the ’06
season. He had lost the locker room, which is hard to overcome. And when the
Giants lost three straight last season to drop to 6-5 after a 6-2 start, I wrote
that if Coughlin didn’t make the playoffs, which would have continued a trend of
second-half collapses, I thought it was time for him to go. The Giants lost
another game, then won three of their last four, including the sweep of the
Cowboys, and went on another Super Bowl run.</p>


Parcells, too, was almost fired by the Giants. After he was 3-12-1 in his
first season, GM George Young flirted with the idea of hiring University of
Miami coach Howard Schnellenberger — they had worked together with the Colts.
Parcells lost both his parents that season and Young was not sure if the job was
too big for him.</p>


Parcells walked away after winning his second Super Bowl. Coughlin is
sticking around to go for his third. If he gets it, he will be the greatest
coach in Giants history.</p>


THE REVIS MARKET</p>


The Jets could be heading for another Summer of Revis. If the Jets indicated
to Darelle Revis when he signed his four-year $46 million deal to end his
summer-long holdout one week before the season opener in 2010, that the deal was
two-year band-aid and they would negotiate again in 2012 — that’s what Revis
believes — then they need to pay him. He has lived up to his end by being best
defensive player in the league. They pushed $32.5 million in the first two years
of his contract and he is making below market $13.5 million over the next two
years. Regardless of any promises, Revis is going to have a hard time gaining
public support if he holds out again. He’s not concerned about any backlash
because it got pretty bad two years ago. “I don’t know if you looked at my
Twitter,” he said. “I was getting death threats and everything. I’m getting
stuff now on Twitter.” As part of the contract, if he holds out, the Jets can
extend the deal three years at modest numbers. If Revis plays out the contract,
the Jets can’t franchise him in 2014. That means they would have to renegotiate
next year because there is no way they will let him become an unrestricted free
agent after the 2013 season. The gamble of waiting for Revis, of course, is the
fear of injury. But he is fearless when it comes to challenging the Jets. “I’m a
corporation, too,” he told me the other day. . . . The Giants are a classy
organization that takes care of its players. That’s why their hard line stance
on Osi Umenyiora was so puzzling until they finally nearly doubled his money
from $3.975 million to $7.5 million in 2012, the final year of his contract. He
has been a great player and a key to two Super Bowl championships, he has never
been an off-the-field headache, he plays hard and the extension he signed late
in the 2005 season, his third year in the league, had become completely
outdated. The three-man rotation of Tuck, Pierre-Paul and Umenyiora is not only
the strength of the team, it’s the best in the league. . . . Yahoo reported that
the Saints kept a ledger of weekly earnings for players in their bounty program
and one of them was for $1,000 for a “cart-off” in a 2009 game against the
Giants. There was no mention of the Giants player or the injury.</p>


CAN T.O. BE HAPPY?</p>


Terrell Owens just got fired by the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football
League because they said he failed to fulfill his contract by missing a charity
event at a children’s hospital. T.O. was a great player who messed up good
things with the 49ers, Eagles and Cowboys and then became irrelevant with the
Bills and Bengals. Randy Moss is getting another chance with the 49ers — ironic
since that’s where Owens began his career — but when no NFL scouts showed up for
Owens’ workout last October, it was a pretty good indication his NFL career is
over. His career numbers may be good enough for the Hall of Fame, but if Owens
would have ever let himself be happy, he could have done so much more. Jerry
Jones liked Owens so much that he overruled Parcells when he signed him in 2006,
but Owens made himself miserable in 2008 because he thought Tony Romo was
throwing the ball to Jason Witten too much. Jones cut him after the
season."</p></div></div></div>
(http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/bill-parcells-tom-coughlin-best-coach-ny-giants-history-start-debate-article-1.1088905)
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OSI UMENYIORA AND GIANTS AGREE TO A RESTRUCTURED CONTRACT; UNHAPPY DEFENSIVE END HAD ONE YEAR LEFT ON DEAL (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/osi-umenyiora-ny-giants-agree-a-restructured-contract-article-1.1088476)

"<a title="Osi Umenyiora" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Osi+Umenyiora">Osi
Umenyiora</a> will play for the Giants this year.
<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">
After that, who
knows?

The defensive end, who just parted ways with longtime agent <a title="Tony Agnone" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Tony+Agnone">Tony
Agnone</a>, reached an agreement Friday on a restructured contract, one that
will still leave him a free agent at the end of the 2012 season, according to
NFL sources.

Due to make $3.975 million in the last year of a $41 million
extension he signed in 2007, Umenyiora will have his salary bumped to $7.5
million, according to sources. The new deal, terms of which were not disclosed
by the Giants, likely includes a voidable 2013 season for salary cap
purposes.

Umenyiora, 30, has skipped all the Super Bowl champs’ voluntary
workouts this spring but will be on the field with the team Monday, when he will
sign the deal.

“I’m just happy, I’m happy all that’s over with,”
Umenyiora said in a release issued by the team. “It’s time to get back to work.
It was definitely frustrating (not being on the field), but hearing some of the
things they said, whether it was Kiwi (Mathias Kiwanuka) or (Justin) Tuck or JPP
(Jason Pierre-Paul) or Antrel (Rolle) . . . hearing the way they supported me,
it made me want to come back even more and be around them. Those guys really
stepped up for me. I really appreciate it and I’m happy to be here with
them.”

“I appreciate Osi’s patience and effort through this process,”
said general manager Jerry Reese, who had worked out a new deal with Kiwanuka
earlier this spring. “We talked it out, and it makes sense for everybody
involved. We are very pleased, excited and looking forward to seeing No. 72 on
the field.”

The timing, so soon after the Agnone firing, is interesting,
to say the least. According to one NFL source, the Giants came to Umenyiora and
said a deal could be made if he ditched Agnone, who has had some bad blood with
Reese. Prior offers included an incentive-based raise. Umenyiora wanted a
guaranteed raise, and he got it.

“This gives me peace of mind,
definitely,” said Umenyiora, who had been unhappy with negotiations since last
year’s lockout. “We just resolved a situation. It really was affecting me in a
bad way. Because I didn’t like all the negativity that was surrounding the whole
situation. I couldn’t stand it, because if you know me, you know I’m not that
type of person. I’m just happy all that is over with and I’ll be there. I’ll
play out this contract, I’ll play this year and I’ll play my heart
out.

“I’ll be there,” he said with regards to Monday’s workout. “I can’t
wait. I’m all in. Like Antrel says, I’m all in.”

Umenyiora had long felt
like the odd man out as other defensive teammates received better deals, but his
only other option this year was to sit out, something he seemed reluctantly
willing to do. He might still reunite with Agnone once his free-agent status
arrives.

At least for one season, the deal is a win-win situation for
both sides. Umenyiora doubles his salary for the coming season and should be
extremely motivated for his next big contract when he becomes a restricted free
agent, while the Giants will have the two-time Pro Bowler in camp from the
start.

WIN FOR BROWN
Tailback Andre Brown, who was
set to start 2012 with a four-game suspension, won his appeal against the NFL
after failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs and had the ban lifted by
the league."
</div>
OSI UMENYIORA, GIANTS AGREE ON RESTRUCTURED CONTRACT (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/osi-umenyiora-ny-giants-agree-a-restructured-contract-article-1.1088476)

"Maybe agents are over-rated.
<div><div class="story-body p402_premium">

A day after Osi Umenyiora (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Osi+Umenyiora) parted
ways with long time representative Tony Agnone, the defensive end agreed to a
restructured contract, ending speculation that he could have played his last
game as a Giant.

"I'm just happy, I'm happy all that's over with,"
Umenyiora said in a release sent out by the team. "It's time to get back to
work. It was definitely frustrating (not being on the field this spring), but
hearing some of the things they said, whether it was Kiwi or (Justin) Tuck or
JPP (Jason Pierre-Paul) or Antrel (Rolle) – hearing the way they supported me,
it made me want to come back even more and be around them. Those guys really
stepped up for me. I really appreciate it and I'm happy to be here with
them."

"I appreciate Osi's patience and effort through this process,"
said GM Jerry Reese, who had worked out a new deal with Mathias Kiwanuka earlier
this spring. "We talked it out, and it makes sense for everybody involved. We
are very pleased, excited and looking forward to seeing number 72 on the field
at Monday's OTA."

Umenyiora has not participated in the team's drills
with his status uncertain. Terms of the contract, which has been discussed since
last year's lockout, were not disclosed but Umenyiora was clearly relieved to
remain a Giant.

"This gives me peace of mind, definitely," Umenyiora
said. "We just resolved a situation. It really was affecting me in a bad way.
Because I didn't like all the negativity that was surrounding the whole
situation. I couldn't stand it, because if you know me, you know I'm not that
type of person. I'm just happy all that is over with and I'll be there. I'll
play out this contract, I'll play this year and I'll play my heart
out.

"I'll be there," he said with regards to Monday's LOTA. "I can't
wait. I'm all in. Like Antrel says, I'm all in."

Umenyiora has long been
unhappy with the six-year, $41 million extension he signed in 2007 as other
defensive teammates were rewarded with better deals. He had one year left, due
$3.975 million this season, and his only other option at this point was to sit
out."</p></div></div>http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant<div>
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<div><div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
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OSI EARNS RAISE FROM GIANTS (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/blue_green_WMTfs5UYUzukrsylbmjrBJ)

"What Osi Umenyiora, his teammates, coaching staff and front office all wanted
to see happen finally became a reality yesterday, when the formerly disgruntled
defensive end agreed to a restructured contract that will keep him in Giants
blue in 2012.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">


A source said no years were added to the contract and Umenyiora still will be
a free agent after the season. But with the new contract, Umenyiora will make
around $7 million, a significant raise over the scheduled $4.7 million.</p>


“I’m just happy, I’m happy all that’s over with,” Umenyiora said. “It’s time
to get back to work. It was definitely frustrating [not being on the field this
spring], but hearing some of the things they said — whether it was Kiwi [Mathias
Kiwanuka] or [Justin)] Tuck or JPP [Jason Pierre-Paul] or Antrel [Rolle] —
hearing the way they supported me, it made me want to come back even more and be
around them.
</p>“Those guys really stepped up for me. I really appreciate it, and I’m happy
to be here with them.”<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">


Umenyiora and the Giants have been at odds seemingly since the moment he
agreed to a seven-year, $41 million deal after the 2005 season. He tried to
force a trade last summer and again this offseason while staying away from all
team activities.</p>


The news comes shortly after Umenyiora parted ways with longtime agent Tony
Agnone, who told The Post earlier yesterday he was “stepping aside so the Giants
can do the right thing and take care of [Umenyiora].”</p>


That move sparked this new deal, one Umenyiora negotiated himself.</p>


“I appreciate Osi’s patience and effort through this process,” general
manager Jerry Reese said. “We talked it out, and it makes sense for everybody
involved. We are very pleased, excited and looking forward to seeing No. 72 on
the field at Monday’s OTA.”</p>


A key component to the Giants winning their second Super Bowl in the past
five seasons, Umenyiora, 30, received unanimous support from his teammates. In
the past weeks, notables such as Tuck, Kiwanuka, Pierre-Paul and Rolle were
adamant Umenyiora was stuck in a bad contract and deserved more money.</p>


“This gives me peace of mind, definitely,” Umenyiora said. “We just resolved
a situation. It really was affecting me in a bad way because I didn’t like all
the negativity that was surrounding the whole situation. I couldn’t stand it,
because if you know me, you know I’m not that type of person. I’m just happy all
that is over with, and I’ll be there. I’ll play out this contract. I’ll play
this year and I’ll play my heart out.”</p>


Umenyiora battled knee and ankle injuries last season that limited him to
nine regular-season games. He was dropped to a backup role after Pierre-Paul
dominated in his absence. </p>


But after returning from a high-ankle sprain in the season-ending,
division-clinching win over the Cowboys, Umenyiora was a postseason force during
the Giants’ Super Bowl run with 3 1/2 sacks in the four games. Overall,
Umenyiora had 12 1/2 sacks in 13 games last season.</p>


This is a win-win for the player and team. The Giants keep a feared pass
rusher in their defensive-end rotation, and Umenyiora gets more money and a
chance to play for a new contract in 2013 with the Giants or another team.
Umenyiora, a second-round selection out of Troy State in 2003, has played all
eight seasons of his career with the Giants.</p>


Umenyiora said he was in top condition, according to the Giants, and will be
at OTAs on Monday.</p>


“I’ll be there,” he said. “I can’t wait. I’m all in. Like Antrel says, I’m
all in.”</p>


* Giants running back Andre Brown had his four-game suspension lifted
yesterday.</p>


Brown had been banned four games in May after he reportedly tested positive
for Adderall, which he takes to treat attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder.</p>


“Suspension lifted !!!!!!!! Thank God,” Brown posted on his Twitter
account."
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</div>GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FIRES AGENT, COULD REPRESENT HIMSELF (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/blue_green_WMTfs5UYUzukrsylbmjrBJ#ixzz1weP7E9s9)

"Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora confirmed to The Post that he has fired
agent Tony Agnone. <div>


Umenyiora has been unhappy with his contract in recent seasons and held out
last year, and has not showed up at OTAs thus far.</p>


"It means nothing as far as a new deal but we both decided that a new
approach might be necessary at this time," Umenyiora wrote in an email to The
Post. </p>


Last year, the Giants gave Agnone permission to seek a trade, but could not
find any takers with the high asking price of a first-round round pick. The
Giants have offered the disgruntled lineman an extension, but Umenyiora said it
is only worth half of what the team guaranteed Mathias Kiwanuka ($10.95 million
over three years) in an extension agreed to this offseason. </p>


Umenyiora could take over any future negotiations himself. </p>


"I have no plans on hiring a new agent at this time," he said. </p>


Agnone has been Umenyiora’s agent since the 2007 offseason, a few months
after Umenyiora signed a six-year extension. </p>


"I'm stepping aside so the Giants can do the right thing and take care of
him," Agnone said in an email." </p>
</div>http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants
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</div></div></div></div></div></div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>
<div><div><div><div><div><div><div>
GIANTS, OSI UMENYIORA AGREE TO RESTRUCTURED CONTRACT (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/Giants_Osi_Umenyiora_agree_to_restructured_contrac t.html)

"The Giants were not forced to satisfy Osi Umenyiora’s demands for a more
lucrative contract. In the reality of the NFL, there was nothing he could do
about it.


Umenyiora essentially was backed into a corner, well aware a season-long
holdout in the final year of his existing contract would accomplish very little
in his quest for a new deal.</p>


That did not stop the Giants from showing some love to one of their most
productive players, however; in turn, the decision ended nearly two years of
discontent and disagreement between Umenyiora and the front office.</p>


With general manager Jerry Reese agreeing to restructure Umenyiora’s contract
Friday, what the Giants essentially have for this season is a competitive
game-changer motivated to earn an even bigger contract on the open market in
2013.</p>


The team did not disclose the terms of the new deal, but it is believed the
Giants doubled Umenyiora’s existing contract, which now will pay him about $7.5
million in 2012 before he becomes an unrestricted free agent following the
season.</p>


“This gives me peace of mind, definitely,” Umenyiora said in a team release.
“We just resolved a situation. It really was affecting me in a bad way. Because
I didn’t like all the negativity that was surrounding the whole situation. I
couldn’t stand it, because if you know me, you know I’m not that type of person.
I’m just happy all that is over with and I’ll be there. I’ll play out this
contract, I’ll play this year and I’ll play my heart out.”</p>


Umenyiora’s chances at being paid among the league’s top defensive ends are
dependent on that. The Giants are counting on his performance to once again be
at that level.</p>


Less than 24 hours after news broke that Umenyiora had parted ways with agent
Tony Agnone, the reworked deal that brings the two-time Pro Bowler back into the
fold was announced.</p>


Even with Umenyiora opting not to participate in the voluntary off-season
training program, staying away from team events such as the Super Bowl ring
ceremony last month, Giants’ players have continued to voice support for their
teammate.</p>


From Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck to Mathias Kiwanuka and Antrel Rolle,
some of the highest-profile members of the reigning Super Bowl champions backed
his quest.</p>


They didn’t necessarily take sides against the Giants, but certainly made it
known they believed he deserved better than what he was being paid under his
previous contract.</p>


Umenyiora told The Record in an email Wednesday night that kind of support
from his teammates “makes things that much harder for me. Because those are the
people I need to be around.”</p>


He reiterated that sentiment Friday, promising to be back on the field for
Monday’s organized team activity session, which will be open to the media.</p>


“I’m just happy, I’m happy all that’s over with,” said Umenyiora, 30. “It’s
time to get back to work. It was definitely frustrating [not being on the field
this spring], but hearing some of the things they said, whether it was Kiwi or
Tuck or JPP or Antrel — hearing the way they supported me, it made me want to
come back even more and be around them. Those guys really stepped up for me. I
really appreciate it and I’m happy to be here with them.”</p>


Umenyiora collected 12.5 sacks in 13 games last season, including 3.5 in the
playoffs.</p>


“I appreciate Osi’s patience and effort through this process,” Reese said.
“We talked it out, and it makes sense for everybody involved. We are very
pleased, excited and looking forward to seeing No. 72 on the field at Monday’s
OTA.”</p>


Added Umenyiora: “I’ll be there. I can’t wait. I’m all in. Like Antrel says,
I’m all in.”</p>


BROWN WINS APPEAL: Running back Andre Brown had his four-game suspension for
violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs overturned on
appeal by the NFL."</p>http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/

<u><font size="4">WALL STREET JOURNAL</font></u>

ZILCH

http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-sports-nfl.html

<u><font size="4">THE NEW YORK TIMES</font></u>

GIANTS' UMENYIORA AGREES TO DEAL (http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/giants-umenyiora-agrees-to-deal/?ref=football)

"Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora avoided a second straight off-season of
contract controversy by agreeing to a restructured deal Friday, the team
announced.<div id="entry-104378" class="post-104378 post type-post status-publish hentry category-uncategorized tag-giants tag-osi-umenyiora entry "><div class="entry-content">


Umenyiora, whose 69 career regular-season sacks places him fourth on the
Giants’ all-time list, was unhappy with his contract last off-season and did not
report to training camp on time. He had skipped all previous team workouts this
off-season as he sought a new deal again, and Umenyiora said in the team’s
release that he was excited to put the negotiations behind him and will be
present for Monday’s training session.</p>


“This gives me peace of mind, definitely,” Umenyiora said. “We just resolved
a situation. It really was affecting me in a bad way. Because I didn’t like all
the negativity that was surrounding the whole situation. I couldn’t stand it,
because if you know me, you know I’m not that type of person. I’m just happy all
that is over with and I’ll be there. I’ll play out this contract, I’ll play this
year and I’ll play my heart out.”</p>


Umenyiora joins Mathias Kiwanuka as prominent defensive players to sign new
contracts with the Giants this off-season. Terms of Umenyiora’s agreement were
not disclosed."</p></div></div><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">[url]http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
</a>
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>
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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS EARNED REWARDS FOR INJURING GIANTS' PLAYERS IN 2009 (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/02/new-orleans-saints-earned-rewards-for-injuring-new-york-giants-players-in-2009/)

"In the last 24 hours, it's been revealed that the New Orleans Saints not only
placed bounties on opposing players, but actually kept a ledger (//api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;key=9b4efad421c8b103b2c94b796db973 b0&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.giants101.com%2F2012%2F06% 2F02%2Fnew-orleans-saints-earned-rewards-for-injuring-new-york-giants-players-in-2009%2F&amp;subId=3e646801796e45114472dfafa5862724&amp;v=1 &amp;libid=1338668898592&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fsports.yahoo .com%2Fnews%2Fnfl--sources--new-orleans-saints-kept-a--ledger--detailing-weekly-earnings-in-bounty-scandal.html&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.giants101.com%2F &amp;title=New%20Orleans%20Saints%20Earned%20Rewards%2 0for%20Injuring%20New%20York%20Giants%20Players%20 in%202009%20%7C%20Giants%20101%20%7C%20Sports%20Me dia%20101&amp;txt=kept%20a%20ledger&amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_ 13386690276251) detailing the players
they injured and the payouts that were made as a result. It's the latest in a
long line of revelations as it relates to BountyGate.
<blockquote>


"The players clearly knew what was going each week with the payments," a
source told Yahoo! Sports.</p></blockquote>


The ledger carefully detailed all payouts, "cart-offs", "whacks" and
deductions for "mental errors." Included in said ledger was a $1,000 payout for
a "cart-off" on October 18th, 2009 in a game against the <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a>.</p>


Although the injured players name was not immediately made available, a live
blog of the game, courtesy of the New York Times (http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/live-analysis-giants-saints/), revealed that offensive
lineman <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Kareem McKenzie" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/kareem-mckenzie/" rel="tag nofollow">Kareem
McKenzie</a> had been carted off after sustaining a groin injury. This occurred
during a pile up for a loose ball, and coincides with many reports of dirty
tactics courtesy of the Saints during fights for fumbles.</p>


Another interesting note in the NYT live blog was the hit that led to the
fumble:</p>
<blockquote>


"On his next play, Manning was sacked hard by Roman Harper and fumbled.
Manning’s head snapped back when he was hit from behind."</p></blockquote>


The hit on Manning was deemed legal and Harper was not fined, but it's
already been made public that <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Gregg Williams" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/gregg-williams/" rel="tag nofollow">Gregg
Williams</a> and the New Orleans Saints frequently targeted quarterbacks (//api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;key=9b4efad421c8b103b2c94b796db973 b0&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.giants101.com%2F2012%2F06% 2F02%2Fnew-orleans-saints-earned-rewards-for-injuring-new-york-giants-players-in-2009%2F&amp;subId=3e646801796e45114472dfafa5862724&amp;v=1 &amp;libid=1338668898592&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nesn.com %2F2012%2F03%2Faaron-rodgers-brett-favre-cam-newton-kurt-warner-targeted-as-part-of-saints-bounty-program.html&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.giants101.com%2F &amp;title=New%20Orleans%20Saints%20Earned%20Rewards%2 0for%20Injuring%20New%20York%20Giants%20Players%20 in%202009%20%7C%20Giants%20101%20%7C%20Sports%20Me dia%20101&amp;txt=frequently%20targeted%20quarterbacks &amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13386690773592). In
hindsight, it makes you question every play and whether or not the intention was
there to injury Manning.</p>


Meanwhile, McKenzie would go on to miss the following game against the
Arizona Cardinals as a result of the groin injury sustained at the hands of the
Saints."</p>

##

GIANTS VS. NFC EAST: AN EARLY LOOK (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/02/new-york-giants-vs-nfc-east-an-early-look/)

"For Big Blue, six games out of every 16-game schedule are against their NFC
East Division Rivals: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington
Redskins. The 2011 New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) Giants swept Dallas,
split with Philadelphia and went winless against Washington. How will this
slightly changed 2012 Giants team fair against each?

Head Coach Tom Coughlin will undoubtedly preach his “one game at a time”
mantra, but it’s not breaking news to know that the team that wins the division
is most definitely in the playoffs. These games are also the ones that almost
always come down to the last few minutes and can go either way – meaning
win-loss records going in mean absolutely nil. Division opponents know each
other the best and can find that one area of weakness and exploit it as long as
possible during a 60-minute gridiron battle.


Since the upcoming season is to be opened at home against the Dallas Cowboys,
they will be perused first. Most Giants fans will be quick on the draw to place
all of their woes on QB Tony Romo. While he isn’t Eli Manning, it’s unfair to
put the team on his back. He can’t handle that. They have offensive line issues
as well as defensive line issues. They’re trying to repair the secondary, but if
no one can get to the gunslinger (besides Demarcus Ware), how does that help
their defensive backfield? The Giants clearly had offensive line concerns last
year during their first meeting and yet Manning got his job done as did the blue
receivers. Jason Garrett is under massive amounts of “Jerry pressure”. Jones has
already passed comment about Romo and seemingly has had to defend his own
decisions annually. Until the Cowboys become a team with a clear-cut leader, the
G-men can still pull together to hand them continued heartache.</p>


Ask a Washington Redskin fan about the <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> and they’ll recall the two “W” over them last year as if they won the
big game in February. Some fans do have a distorted view of their team, but… The
2011 Redskins had a defense that helped them enough into possible opportunities
for the offense to take control; that never happened. Turnovers happened. For a
team that used to capitalize on a positive turnover ratio, last year they
couldn’t hold onto the rock and they couldn’t overcome that. Place a brand new
quarterback under center and one wonders if he (along with a questionable Mike
Shanahan) can make the changes necessary – especially in the NFC East where the
defenses are all about getting the ball back into the offense’s possession. You
need an offense that’s complete, however. No game in the division is a given,
remember? Yeah, so does Coughlin.</p>


Now for the Philadelphia Eagles, the shortest trip to the worst division
rival atmosphere – for fans as well as the <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a>. A hostile environment isn’t the problem in Philly. Some place blame
on head coach Andy Reid. Others place it on offensive line coach-turned
defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and his “Wide 9” scheme. The jokesters out
there are still faulting former-Eagle Vince Young’s “Dream Team” statement. Each
one can actually be part of the collective cause.</p>


Andy Reid definitely has a different coaching technique than Coughlin (who
got his team to become All In and Finish), so there’s a bit of a discipline
question still open. The players got ahead of themselves with the dream team
talk and instead of bonding and forming a team; they remained ego-driven parts.
While the Eagles defense can still create turnovers, the issue was more at the
point of attack – tackling and assignments. Hey, the Giants had the same type of
problems early on too, but remained on track and overcame the youth,
inexperience and those injuries too. Schemes obviously can be part of the
problem, but not entirely. On the other side of the ball, Michael Vick and his
offensive line aren’t feared as they were in early 2010 (wonder who drew-up the
blueprint on how to attack him). LeSean McCoy is “the guy” now.</p>


Each NFC “Beast” team has their offseason points to address. One is just
addressing them as experienced World Champions.</p>GIANTS' 2012 SEASON: MOST LIKELY OSI UMENYIORA'S FAREWELL TOUR (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/02/new-york-giants-2012-season-most-likely-osi-umenyioras-farewell-tour/)

"Many New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants fans expressed jubilation yesterday when word came out that defensive end
<a href="http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/01/new-york-giants-osi-umenyiora-agree-on-restructured-contract/" target="_blank">Osi Umenyiora had signed a new
restructured contract with the team</a>. However, the details of the contract
only confirmed what many fans have long suspected: that this will be Osi's final
season with Big Blue.


Instead of extending Umenyiora's deal, General Manager <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jerry Reese" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jerry-reese/" rel="tag nofollow">Jerry
Reese</a> merely gave the star defensive end a considerable amount of "hush
money" to entice him to play out the final year of his current contract without
causing any more controversy (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/30/new-york-giants-justin-tuck-defends-friend-teammate-osi-umenyiora/). Although many fans would love to see
their beloved Umenyiorafinish his career with the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants , this season may very well be a farewell tour for the 10-year veteran.
Below, we will look at why the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants will most likely cut ties with Osi after
this season.</p>


<u>Age and Injury Concerns</u> –
OsiUmenyiora will turn 31 this season, and with his previous injury
history, it seems likely that we will see a drop in his production in the near
future. Osi missed the entire 2008 season with a torn meniscus in his knee, and
he missed seven games last year with knee and ankle injuries. It would not be
prudent to give significant money to a player that is not only entering the
latter stages of his career, but also has a considerable history of serious
injury. Although Osi Umenyiora is still capable of being a good player in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/), it is safe
to say that his best days are behind him. Giving a raise to a player who will
only produce less as the contract goes on does not make any sense from the
Giants' standpoint.</p>


<u>New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants Depth at Defensive Line</u> – Even if the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants could overlook Osi Umenyiora's age and injury concerns, the incredible
depth of the defensive line is another reason to let the star defensive end walk
at the end of the season. With <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Justin Tuck" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/justin-tuck/" rel="tag nofollow">Justin
Tuck</a>, Jason Pierre-Paul, Chris Canty, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Linval Joseph" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/linval-joseph/" rel="tag nofollow">Linval
Joseph</a>, and <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Marvin Austin" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/marvin-austin/" rel="tag nofollow">Marvin
Austin</a>, the Giants would still have considerable depth at defensive line
even without Osi on the roster. Yesterday when addressing OsiUmenyiora's
contract situation, New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants safety <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Antrel Rolle" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/antrel-rolle/" rel="tag nofollow">Antrel
Rolle</a> stated:</p>
<blockquote>


"We have a very, very good defensive line without Osi, without a doubt. But
with Osi in that lineup we have an outstanding defensive line."</p></blockquote>


While Rollecertainly was not trying to imply that Umenyiora is expendable,
he acknowledged that the Giants still have an extremely talented defensive line
without him. Osi Umenyiorais the third defensive end on the depth chart and is
mainly used as a pass rushing specialist. He does not play every down and has
never been considered a run stopper. It would be uncharacteristic of General
Manger <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jerry Reese" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jerry-reese/" rel="tag nofollow">Jerry
Reese</a> to give a significant contract to a non-starter and a player who is
more of a luxury than a necessity.</p>


<u><a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Justin Tuck" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/justin-tuck/" rel="tag nofollow">Justin
Tuck</a> and Jason Pierre-Paul Will Soon Need New Contracts</u>
– Both <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Justin Tuck" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/justin-tuck/" rel="tag nofollow">Justin
Tuck</a> and Jason Pierre-Paul have outplayed their current contracts and will
be hitting the free agent market in two and three years respectively. However,
<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jerry Reese" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jerry-reese/" rel="tag nofollow">Jerry
Reese</a> may be inclined to lock up his dynamic defensive end duo before they
ever get to free agency. That being said, it is going to take a considerable
amount of money to make that happen.</p>


It would not be a stretch of the imagination for the Giants to have close to
$20-$25 million per year locked up in their two star pass rushers in the
foreseeablefuture. Although OsiUmenyiora is reported to be seeking top-5
defensive end money, his market value can better be measured by the contract
that Robert Mathis of the Indianapolis Colts (http://www.giants101.com/tag/indianapolis-colts/) signed this offseason at 4 years/ $36
million. Both Umenyiora and Mathis have been in the league the same amount of
time, both have had the same amount of sacks over the past two seasons, and
neither have ever been the premier pass rusher on their respective teams.
Granted, Mathis had five more games to reach the same number of sacks as
Umenyiora. However, the Colts often played from behind last year, causing
opposing teams to pass less, and therefore giving Mathis less opportunities to
rush the passer. Furthermore, Mathis is much better against the run and is
considered to be more of an every down defensive end than Umenyiora. He has a
cleaner bill of health than does Osi; so Osi will most likely take a little less
than the $36 million Mathis got.</p>


If the Giants want to keep both Tuck and Pierre-Paul for the foreseeable
future, signing Osi Umenyiora to a long term contract anywhere near what Robert
Mathis received would seriously jeopardize those efforts. The Giants can only
have so much money tied up at one position, no matter how important it is,
before it is time to seek younger and cheaper alternatives to fill the depth
chart. Also, Hakeem Nicks and <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Victor Cruz" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/" rel="tag nofollow">Victor
Cruz</a> will surely both want number one receiver money in the near future, so
paying your third best defensive end any serious amount of money is not an
option if <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jerry Reese" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jerry-reese/" rel="tag nofollow">Jerry
Reese</a> wants to keep the team's young core intact.</p>


Osi Umenyiorahas been an outstanding player for the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants ever since he came into the league in 2003. Since that time, he has won
two Super Bowl's, made two Pro Bowls, and has garnered the respect and
admiration of every New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants' fan who has had the privilege to watch
him play. Unfortunately, the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) is a business, and as AntrelRolle eloquently pointed
out yesterday "business is business and sometimes business can get a little
sticky." The Giants are coming to an eventual crossroads, where they are going
to have to pay their core of young players. As much as all parties involved
would love for Osi Umenyiorato finish his career with Big Blue, the business
side of the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) will most
likely preclude that from happening.</p>


At some point while watching Osi Umenyiora play this year, take a second to
think about all he has meant to the entire New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants organization. He has been part of the
core of Big Blue through several ups and downs, and no matter what he has always
left his heart out on the field attempting to bring home a victory for the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants. However, understand that this is likely that last harrah for number 72
in a New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants uniform."</p>GIANTS, UMENYIORA AGREE ON RESTRUCTURED CONTRACT (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/01/new-york-giants-osi-umenyiora-agree-on-restructured-contract/)

"The wait and standoff is now over. The <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> and two-time Pro Bowl defensive end <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Osi Umenyiora" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/osi-umenyiora/" rel="tag nofollow">Osi
Umenyiora</a> have agreed on a restructured contract (//api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;key=9b4efad421c8b103b2c94b796db973 b0&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.giants101.com%2F2012%2F06% 2F01%2Fnew-york-giants-osi-umenyiora-agree-on-restructured-contract%2F&amp;subId=3e646801796e45114472dfafa5862724 &amp;v=1&amp;libid=1338653515460&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fprod.www .giants.clubs.nfl.com%2Fnews-and-blogs%2Farticle-1%2FOsi-Umenyiora-agrees-to-restructured-contract%2F2e69bdf5-a90c-4617-9ff7-a824a5236a5f&amp;ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.giants101.com%2F 2012%2F06%2F02%2Fnew-york-giants-2012-season-most-likely-osi-umenyioras-farewell-tour%2F&amp;title=New%20York%20Giants%2C%20Osi%20Umeny iora%20Agree%20on%20Restructured%20Contract%20%7C% 20Giants%20101%20%7C%20Sports%20Media%20101&amp;txt=ag reed%20on%20a%20restructured%20contract&amp;jsonp=vgln k_jsonp_13386536866251) that
will keep the Chief in blue for at least one more season.
<blockquote>


“I appreciate Osi’s patience and effort through this process,” general
manager Jerry Reese said. “We talked it out, and it makes sense for everybody
involved. We are very pleased, excited and looking forward to seeing number 72
on the field at Monday’s OTA.”</p></blockquote>


Umenyiora is expected to return to the team on Monday for voluntary Organized
Team Activities (OTAs), and says he is "All In."</p>
<blockquote>


“This gives me peace of mind, definitely,” Umenyiora said. “We just resolved
a situation. It really was affecting me in a bad way. Because I didn’t like all
the negativity that was surrounding the whole situation. I couldn’t stand it,
because if you know me, you know I’m not that type of person. I’m just happy all
that is over with and I’ll be there. I’ll play out this contract, I’ll play this
year and I’ll play my heart out.”</p></blockquote>


Financial details of this new contract have not yet been revealed, but
whatever the agreement is, it seems to have pleased Umenyiora. In all
likelihood, the team simply added more guaranteed money to Osi's final year
without any sort of extension. It will be enough to get him on the field this
season, but may still be his final year with New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/).</p>
<blockquote>


“I’m just happy, I’m happy all that’s over with,” Umenyiora said. “It’s time
to get back to work. It was definitely frustrating [not being on the field this
spring], but hearing some of the things they said, whether it was Kiwi or Tuck
or JPP or Antrel – hearing the way they supported me, it made me want to come
back even more and be around them. Those guys really stepped up for me. I really
appreciate it and I’m happy to be here with them.”</p></blockquote>


Umenyiora fired his agent (http://www.giants101.com/2012/06/01/new-york-giants-osi-umenyiora-fires-agent-tony-agnone/), Tony Agnone, on Thursday, saying he had come
to the conclusion that he didn't believe Agnone could help him with the current
situation. Apparently he was correct, as the two sides came to a new agreement
in less than 24 hours after the agent was terminated.</p>


Giants 101 will update the situation with contract details as they become
available.</p>


UPDATE: Albert Breer of NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Network reports (https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/208669887827165186) the restructured deal is worth between $7 – $7.5
million and contains a voidable year to soften the cap hit. However, various New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) beat writers are reporting no additional
years have been added to the deal.</p>http://www.giants101.com/

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G-Men Surg.
06-02-2012, 01:53 PM
It's Official Osi staying home day !!!!!!! Thanks RF !

RoanokeFan
06-02-2012, 01:55 PM
It's Official Osi staying home day !!!!!!! Thanks RF !

[Y]

BigBlue1971
06-02-2012, 02:05 PM
thanks Roanoke! [B]</P>


im stoked about the Osi deal. now everyone can get on the same page!</P>


</P>


<FONT color=#0000ff size=4>Go Giants!</FONT></P>

RoanokeFan
06-02-2012, 02:20 PM
thanks Roanoke! [B]</p>


im stoked about the Osi deal. now everyone can get on the same page!</p>


</p>


<font color="#0000ff" size="4">Go Giants!</font></p>

R E P E A T!

Redeyejedi
06-02-2012, 03:40 PM
out of curiosity did any of u play in the golf outing with the Giants. My dad told me today he played with Markus Kuhn. Said Reese was in the 4some ahead of him

RoanokeFan
06-02-2012, 05:24 PM
Not me

JesseJames
06-02-2012, 06:13 PM
the more I read of Greg Williams and those bounties it makes me feel like I would love to take him out behind a building somewhere and whip his *** for pulling this kind of garbage in the league we love so much.....

RoanokeFan
06-02-2012, 09:45 PM
the more I read of Greg Williams and those bounties it makes me feel like I would love to take him out behind a building somewhere and whip his *** for pulling this kind of garbage in the league we love so much.....

I wonder if they are going to let him back into the League?

Captain Chaos
06-03-2012, 09:54 AM
Finally, the Osi saga is over...Ok, whose's next.

Thanks Roanoke

RoanokeFan
06-03-2012, 10:51 AM
Finally, the Osi saga is over...Ok, whose's next.

Thanks Roanoke

[Y] Let's hope no one else is the "next man up" in this category.

JesseJames
06-03-2012, 11:27 AM
the more I read of Greg Williams and those bounties it makes me feel like I would love to take him out behind a building somewhere and whip his *** for pulling this kind of garbage in the league we love so much.....

I wonder if they are going to let him back into the League?
I think the league needs to set an example for this kind of thing and ban him for life.