GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FIRES AGENT TONY AGNONE IN MIDST OF CONTRACT SQUABBLE
"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' two-time Pro Bowl
defensive end confirmed what Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal was picking
up on when she noted on Wednesday Agnone was no
longer listed on the NFL Players Association's website as being Umenyiora's
agent. Agnone told Mullen he hadn't received a termination notice but Umenyiora
claims he's fired Agnone.
Well, so to speak.
"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."
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
It's possible Umenyiora could rehire Agnone again, though Umenyiora indicated
he's unsure what will transpire.
"I have no agent currently," he wrote, "and I'm not really looking for
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
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 told
Agnone he was no longer allowed to do so.
Umenyiora is under contract for this season at a base salary of $3.925
million. He recently claimed the Giants' latest offer to him contained
only half of the $10.95 million guaranteed Mathias Kiwanuka received.
Kiwanuka is one of a few players who have
recently come to Umenyiora's defense. 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.
"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
"I'm not really picking sides on that; I'm just stating the obvious."
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