GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA "DOUBTS" HE'D RETURN WITHOUT NEW CONTRACT
"The ongoing contract situation between the New York Giants and defensive end Osi
Umenyiora is like a ticking time bomb. He wanted top-5 money, didn't get it
and then held out. After being fined, he returned. Upon his return, he
threatened to have surgery…and then he had it. Following said surgery, he
returned again and helped the Giants win another Super Bowl. He then vowed not to be a distraction this season. Now, a day before
the NFL Draft,
Umenyiora has come almost full circle.
While appearing on WFAN 660 with Boomer and Carton, Umenyiora was asked if
he'd return to Big Blue without a new or adjusted contract. His answer?
"Honestly…I doubt it."
Umenyiora noted that the original numbers (seven years, $41 million) on his
contract were overinflated and misreported, and that his seven-year deal was
actually worth closer to $30 million. Had it been the $41 million that's been
reported, Umenyiora said the two sides "wouldn't be in this situation."
"The team will always do what's right for them … at some point you have to do
what's right for yourself," Umenyiora said.
So what is right for Umenyiora? A contract compatible to either Trent Cole or
Robert Mathis, which would be right around four-years and $36 million.
All that aside, Umenyiora said he and the Giants have held preliminary
discussions on a new contract but that "nothing is imminent." He also added that
he hopes to end his career as a member of the Giants, even if it means filling a
"Whatever this teams wants me to do, is what I am willing to do," Umenyiora
A year ago Umenyiora was given permission to seek a trade, but none of the
other 31 teams were willing to give up anything close to what the Giants wanted
in exchange for the former Pro Bowler. This year is likely to be no different,
so this merry-go-round is just getting started."