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    GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FIRES AGENT TONY AGNONE IN MIDST OF CONTRACT SQUABBLE

    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
    elsewhere.




    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
    one."




    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
    Snee.)




    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
    forward.




    "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
    event."

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1






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    Re: GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FIRES AGENT TONY AGNONE IN MIDST OF CONTRACT SQUABBLE

    I sure hope Osi doesn't plan on being his own agent. He says he's not looking for one but that just doesn't make sense.

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    Re: GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FIRES AGENT TONY AGNONE IN MIDST OF CONTRACT SQUABBLE

    This is getting ugly Osi. Just play it out!

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    Re: GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FIRES AGENT TONY AGNONE IN MIDST OF CONTRACT SQUABBLE

    Oy vey.

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    Re: GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FIRES AGENT TONY AGNONE IN MIDST OF CONTRACT SQUABBLE

    I'm guessing this wasn't a planned move by Osi.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1






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    Re: GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FIRES AGENT TONY AGNONE IN MIDST OF CONTRACT SQUABBLE

    Having trouble reconciling this story with the one about how JR and Osi's side are working on a new deal. Is Osi representing himself now?!

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    Re: GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FIRES AGENT TONY AGNONE IN MIDST OF CONTRACT SQUABBLE

    Here comes Drew Rosenhaus.

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    Re: GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FIRES AGENT TONY AGNONE IN MIDST OF CONTRACT SQUABBLE

    [quote user="THE_New_York_Giants"]Here comes Drew Rosenhaus.[/quote]
    yep jeez.

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    Re: GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FIRES AGENT TONY AGNONE IN MIDST OF CONTRACT SQUABBLE

    He can hire any agent he wants. The Giants are still have the upper hand.

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    Re: GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA FIRES AGENT TONY AGNONE IN MIDST OF CONTRACT SQUABBLE

    [quote user="THE_New_York_Giants"]Here comes Drew Rosenhaus.[/quote]There goes Osi then

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