GIANTS' DE OSI UMENYIORA RIPS GM JERRY REESE, SAYING GM IS MAKING HIM LOOK LIKE A "GREEDY PIG"
"The war between Osi Umenyiora and Jerry
Reese is heating up again.
One day after the Giants’ GM insisted the team
has offered Umenyiora a contract extension in each of the last two seasons, the
unhappy defensive end fired back, saying Reese was distorting the truth to make
him look like “a greedy pig.” In an email to the Daily News on Sunday, Umenyiora
said the Giants’ offer last summer wasn’t actually an extension, and their offer
this year wasn’t much of an offer at all. Umenyiora didn’t go as far as he did
last spring, when he accused Reese of being a liar in a court affidavit, but his
anger was still clear.
“Last year I was offered incentives. This year they
offered me in guaranteed money, HALF of what they just gave Kiwi guaranteed.
HALF,” Umenyiora wrote. “I’m not making that up. Then Jerry tells the world they
offered me an extension and I turned it down. And I look like a greedy pig for
turning it down. Hilarious.”
recently got a three-year contract extension worth a total of $21.75 million
that included an $8.5 million signing bonus and $10.95 million in guaranteed
money. If Umenyiora really was offered “half” of that guaranteed money, it means
the Giants were only willing to guarantee about $5.5 million for him.
they knew that wouldn’t get it done. Umenyiora, who is scheduled to make $3.975
million this year in the final year of a seven-year, $41.5 million extension he
signed in 2005, is seeking a deal worth an average of $10 million per year and
$15 million-$17 million in guaranteed money. For proof, in an interview on WFAN
last week, he pointed to recent contracts signed by Eagles defensive end Trent Cole
(four years, $48 million, $15 million guaranteed) and Colts defensive end Robert
Mathis (four years, $36 million, $17 million guaranteed) as comparable
Last summer, after Umenyiora staged a one-day training camp holdout to
protest his contract, the 30-year-old did turn down the offer of incentives tied
to his sack numbers. He apparently got an offer of an actual extension recently,
following the 12 ½ sacks in 13 games he had in the 2011 season.
But the offer
clearly wasn’t good enough to rebuild the bridge between Umenyiora and the team
that was nearly torched last spring when, in a deposition as part of the NFL
players’ antitrust suit against the league during the lockout, the defensive end
accused Reese of lying to him. He claimed Reese reneged on a 2008 promise to
“either renegotiate my current contract so that it would be equal to that of the
top five defensive ends playing or (trade him) to a team that would do
According to a source close to the eight-year veteran, Umenyiora’s
anger bubbled over again on Sunday when he heard Reese say, “Osi has been
offered an extension two years in a row now.” Reese also said, “All options are
open” with Umenyiora, including a trade.
Whether Umenyiora now wants or will
demand a trade is not clear, because he has decided to stop talking about this
dispute in public. In his email to The News, he said “I will be going completely
silent after I send you this because it’s obvious talking does nothing!” As for
his specific plans, Umenyiora would only say “things will be very interesting,
that’s for sure.”