ANTREL ROLLE SAYS "I TRULY DO BELIEVE" OSI DESERVES A NEW DEAL
"Another Giants precinct is reporting in and throwing his support to Osi
Already, teammates Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka have made public
declarations that they believe the Giants should ante up and pay Umenyiora, who
is again locked in a contentious contract squabble with the team he’s helped
gain two Super Bowl victories in the past four years. Now add safety Antrel
Rolle into the “Pay Osi’’ camp.
“My concern with Osi is one thing and one thing only,’’ Rolle said Thursday
on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I’m hoping that he comes back. We need him. We have a
very, very good defensive line without Osi, without a doubt. But with Osi in
that lineup we have an outstanding defensive line. That’s the difference. He’s a
playmaker all the way around. He gives Eli Manning more opportunities to do what
he does best, which is go out there and run an effective offense.
“Osi is a very, very critical and key part of our team and I’m just hoping
that things work out. I truly do believe he deserves what he’s asking for but,
you know, that’s not my decision to make and I don’t get involved in any of that
talk. They have a great relationship. They have a great relationship no matter
what is said, no matter what is being portrayed. Jerry Reese and Osi have a
great relationship but, you know, business is business and sometimes business
can get a little sticky. I think we all understand that.”
Tuck on Thursday night reiterated that he doesn’t feel he knocked the Giants
when he said Umenyiora deserves a lucrative new deal. “It was an obvious
statement,’’ Tuck said at his Celebrity Billiards Tournament for his Tucks
R.U.S.H for Literacy charity initiative he started along with his wife, Lauran.
“Osi’s been a great part of our success here and I just feel as though he needs
to be rewarded for that and hopefully the Giants can do that. You understand the
business, you understand Jerry Reese is gonna 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 it, I’m just stating the obvious.’’
Umenyiora has steered clear of any and every Giants team event, as he’s
skipping the off-season workout program and the voluntary OTAs. He was expected
to attend Tuck’s billiard’s tournament at Slate NYC on 21st Street and Tuck is
hoping that Umenyiora accompanies the team for the June 8 visit to the White
House to meet President Obama.
“Maybe,’’ Tuck said of Umenyiora’s attendance in Washington, D.C. “I’m
working on that, too.’’
To date, Tuck’s efforts for literacy in children has raised over $1 million
and donated more than 45,000 books in the New York City, New Jersey and Central
“Me and my wife are very passionate about education and kids,’’ Tuck said.
“We felt as though in order to have a great education you have to have a
background, you have to have a foundation. You ask anybody about foundations of
educational success it starts with reading and writing.’’