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RoanokeFan
06-04-2012, 06:38 PM
OSI UMNENYIORA GLAD TO BE BACK, WOULD RE-SIGN WITH GIANTS (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8008583/osi-umenyiora-new-york-giants-glad-back-re-sign-offseason)

"Osi Umenyiora (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/4514/osi-umenyiora) says the <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants">New York
Giants</a> did not change anything from previous contract offers they pitched to
him, but the defensive end just decided enough was enough and it was time to put
his contract squabble to an end.



Saying that he has no hard feelings over his long contract dispute, Umenyiora
returned to the Giants and joined his teammates on the field during the team's
organized team activities Monday.
</p>


"(This) could have been done a long time ago," Umenyiora said in his first
comments to reporters since agreeing to restructure the final year of his
contract last Friday. "Honestly seeing the way my teammates Kiwi (Mathias Kiwanuka (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/9618/mathias-kiwanuka)) and JP (Jason Pierre-Paul (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13256/jason-pierre-paul)) and Antrel (Rolle) (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8423/antrel-rolle), seeing the way they had my
back, you need to get this done and the way they were talking, it made me
realize it was more important to have teammates like that and be on a team like
this then fighting and haggling over a couple of extra dollars.</p>

"It really wasn't worth for me to go somewhere else," he continued. "This is
my 10th year here and I have had a great time here and I want it to continue and
I feel like something special is being built over here and I just much rather be
here than continue to fight and face all the negativity and criticism over
really what amounted to be nothing."
</p>


The Super Bowl champs were one big happy family again on Monday. As Umenyiora
met with a horde of reporters, Pierre-Paul welcomed Umenyiora back with a shout
in the locker room. Teammates like Kiwanuka, Rolle and Justin Tuck (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8488/justin-tuck) all backed Umenyiora's desire
for a new contract in recent weeks and hoped that the two sides would find a
resolution soon.
</p>


"Very good to have him out there," coach Tom Coughlin said Monday. "There is
never any question about Osi preparation-wise. He is a tremendous studier of the
opponent. He knows exactly what his thoughts are going into the game and how the
game plan fits. He will always do that, but to get back into a football frame of
mind -- and a positive one at that -- it is a very good thing."
</p>


Umenyiora did not get into specifics of his new restructured contract but
confirmed 2012 will remain the final year of his deal. The defensive end made it
clear he holds no grudges toward the Giants and left the door open for the
possibility of re-signing with the Giants after this season.
</p>


The team did not disclose terms of the new deal, but sources said Umenyiora
and the Giants had recently been discussing a raise in his contract from the
scheduled $3.975 million he was going to make in the final year of his deal to
something in the range of $7.5 million for 2012. When asked if the Giants
offered any more money above their original offers made in the past, Umenyiora
replied, "nah, not at all."
</p>


Umenyiora has long sought a new contract to replace the seven-year, $41
million deal he signed in 2005. He wanted a contract extension similar to the
four-year extensions Philadelphia's Trent Cole (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8560/trent-cole) signed worth $48.525 million,
including $15 million guaranteed. Umenyiora also mentioned Indianapolis' Robert Mathis (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/4596/robert-mathis)' recent four-year extension
worth $36 million with $17 million guaranteed as a measuring stick for what he
wanted.</p>

"It just wasn't going to happen," Umenyiora said of his desire for a big
contract extension. "But I understood completely their perspective."
</p>

"If I was them I'd do the same thing," he added. "I mean obviously you have
Tuck, who's the face of the franchise and you have JPP who's a young phenom. I'm
still a very good football player but you can't pay us all that kind of money.
You're gonna hamstring your franchise so I would make the exact same decisions
if I was them, no question."
</p>


Umenyiora said his longtime agent Tony Agnone would not sign off on the
restructured deal so he decided to temporarily part ways with Agnone to come to
the Giants' terms. The defensive end, though, plans to re-hire Agnone for future
contract negotiations.
</p>

Last year, Umenyiora held out the first few weeks at training camp. Agnone
was briefly allowed to seek a trade but no team was willing to offer a
first-round pick in return. Umenyiora returned for three practices before opting
for minor knee surgery after experiencing swelling in his knee.
</p>

Umenyiora apparently was not looking forward to going through another camp
holdout.
</p>

"Last summer was different, what I was looking for last year and what I was
looking for this year are completely different," said Umenyiora. "Things change.
This year there was no way they were going to be able to give me a contract
extension in line of what other people were getting."</p>

Umenyiora had nine sacks in nine regular-season games in 2011 and another 3.5
sacks during New York's run to a Super Bowl title last potseason. Umenyiora, 30,
said there were no promises made by the organization not to use its franchise
tag on him next season, but he won't be upset if that happens.
</p>

Umenyiora said it will not be a problem coming off the bench.
</p>

"Really if it was anybody but JPP and Tuck then it would matter," said
Umenyiora, who took first-team reps at defensive end with Tuck watching from the
sideline to rest his shoulder. "But those are my brothers, man. If they're
starting I don't care. I'll back those guys up happily."
</p>

Umenyiora was asked if he thinks he is worth more than what he will be
playing for this season. The defensive end said all that matters is that he is
happy to be back.
</p>

"Um, it doesn't matter, man," Umenyiora said. "I signed it. I'm here.
Whatever I feel means nothing at this point. I'm happy with it."
</p>

"This is good for me, I'm happy," he continued. "And more importantly, it's
the team I'm on and the guys who I'm playing with. Justin and JPP and Kiwi,
we're all brothers and for all of us to be able to go out and play together is
more important than anything."</p>

chizz
06-04-2012, 09:59 PM
OSI >>>

Harooni
06-04-2012, 10:03 PM
so is he saying the giants doubling his salary and not benefiting doing so, was Osi bending and lowering his expectations to get the squabble over with?

well mighty nice of him.

NY_Eli
06-05-2012, 01:31 AM
so is he saying the giants doubling his salary and not benefiting doing so, was Osi bending and lowering his expectations to get the squabble over with?

well mighty nice of him.*


I don't get this. How do the Giants not benefit from getting one the best DEs in the NFL satisfied and ready to commit 100% to the team?

There's more to running a business than strictly numbers. You have to keep people who work for you happy. Osi has been a consistently great performer for this team for nearly a decade.

BigBlue121
06-05-2012, 02:08 AM
Im just glad its all over and now we can focus on defending that title.

bigjeep
06-05-2012, 06:58 AM
I don't think the Giants are worried about him resigning after next year for multiple years at the age of 32! Just give us one good 16 game year, then go for the money!

Captain Chaos
06-05-2012, 07:58 AM
so is he saying the giants doubling his salary and not benefiting doing so, was Osi bending and lowering his expectations to get the squabble over with?

well mighty nice of him.*


I don't get this. How do the Giants not benefit from getting one the best DEs in the NFL satisfied and ready to commit 100% to the team?

There's more to running a business than strictly numbers. You have to keep people who work for you happy. Osi has been a consistently great performer for this team for nearly a decade.

NY_ELI: Got to agree, its the intangibles that can make a real difference. Not just what it does for Osi but what it does for the rest of the team, they see what is happening and see that the leadership is backing up what the say. will they be able to keep him happy next year? I don't know, I think they will let him test the market to set his value and if they can keep him they will.

Harooni
06-06-2012, 07:58 PM
so is he saying the giants doubling his salary and not benefiting doing so, was Osi bending and lowering his expectations to get the squabble over with?

well mighty nice of him.


I don't get this. How do the Giants not benefit from getting one the best DEs in the NFL satisfied and ready to commit 100% to the team?

There's more to running a business than strictly numbers. You have to keep people who work for you happy. Osi has been a consistently great performer for this team for nearly a decade.

what I meant was he was already under contract we did not gain anything but having him not hold out and have him happier .

RoanokeFan
06-06-2012, 08:17 PM
so is he saying the giants doubling his salary and not benefiting doing so, was Osi bending and lowering his expectations to get the squabble over with?

well mighty nice of him.


I don't get this. How do the Giants not benefit from getting one the best DEs in the NFL satisfied and ready to commit 100% to the team?

There's more to running a business than strictly numbers. You have to keep people who work for you happy. Osi has been a consistently great performer for this team for nearly a decade.

what I meant was he was already under contract we did not gain anything but having him not hold out and have him happier .


I think there's a lot more to it than that. Osi still think he's underpaid. The only way for him to get that big payday is to play ballsout this season and make a statement. Next season he'll be 32 and get his last chance at that financial brass ring he's seeking. Whether it's here, doubtful, or somewhere else, remains to be seen.

It's in the team's best interest to have him on the field for every game making his statement.

Harooni
06-06-2012, 08:31 PM
so is he saying the giants doubling his salary and not benefiting doing so, was Osi bending and lowering his expectations to get the squabble over with?

well mighty nice of him.


I don't get this. How do the Giants not benefit from getting one the best DEs in the NFL satisfied and ready to commit 100% to the team?

There's more to running a business than strictly numbers. You have to keep people who work for you happy. Osi has been a consistently great performer for this team for nearly a decade.

what I meant was he was already under contract we did not gain anything but having him not hold out and have him happier .


I think there's a lot more to it than that. Osi still think he's underpaid. The only way for him to get that big payday is to play ballsout this season and make a statement. Next season he'll be 32 and get his last chance at that financial brass ring he's seeking. Whether it's here, doubtful, or somewhere else, remains to be seen.

It's in the team's best interest to have him on the field for every game making his statement.


well it being his last year of his contract it was in his best interest to play hard this season. I'm just trying to figure out the figure he thinks he is worth. If 6million is him bending.

RoanokeFan
06-06-2012, 09:15 PM
so is he saying the giants doubling his salary and not benefiting doing so, was Osi bending and lowering his expectations to get the squabble over with?

well mighty nice of him.


I don't get this. How do the Giants not benefit from getting one the best DEs in the NFL satisfied and ready to commit 100% to the team?

There's more to running a business than strictly numbers. You have to keep people who work for you happy. Osi has been a consistently great performer for this team for nearly a decade.

what I meant was he was already under contract we did not gain anything but having him not hold out and have him happier .


I think there's a lot more to it than that. Osi still think he's underpaid. The only way for him to get that big payday is to play ballsout this season and make a statement. Next season he'll be 32 and get his last chance at that financial brass ring he's seeking. Whether it's here, doubtful, or somewhere else, remains to be seen.

It's in the team's best interest to have him on the field for every game making his statement.


well it being his last year of his contract it was in his best interest to play hard this season. I'm just trying to figure out the figure he thinks he is worth. If 6million is him bending.


He was going to make $3.95M before the restructure

chasjay
06-06-2012, 09:33 PM
so is he saying the giants doubling his salary and not benefiting doing so, was Osi bending and lowering his expectations to get the squabble over with?

well mighty nice of him.


I don't get this. How do the Giants not benefit from getting one the best DEs in the NFL satisfied and ready to commit 100% to the team?

There's more to running a business than strictly numbers. You have to keep people who work for you happy. Osi has been a consistently great performer for this team for nearly a decade.

what I meant was he was already under contract we did not gain anything but having him not hold out and have him happier .


I think there's a lot more to it than that. Osi still think he's underpaid. The only way for him to get that big payday is to play ballsout this season and make a statement. Next season he'll be 32 and get his last chance at that financial brass ring he's seeking. Whether it's here, doubtful, or somewhere else, remains to be seen.

It's in the team's best interest to have him on the field for every game making his statement.


totally agree - on all points

JJC7301
06-06-2012, 10:48 PM
I'd love to have Osi around for the rest of his career. Hopefully Osi, Tuck, and JPP will see that it's to their benefit to maybe take a little less and play on the same team in order to give each other somewhat of a rest.

I don't expect them to take a little less each, but just wishful thinking.

Rat_bastich
06-07-2012, 01:28 AM
In all truth this was another classy move by a classy organization. Osi had absolutely no leverage other than he wouldn't play. The Giants threw him a bone and gave him a way out of this mess that would have in the very end damaged any hopes he would have had in future negotiations with any team. This allowed him to save face and also makes sure he is on the field, barring injury of course, to showcase for the Giants or any other team. It was a win-win for everyone.