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    NEWS, NOTES, RUMORS, AND GOSSIP: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012 - 8:37 P.M.

    HERE NOW THE NEWS

    NEWS
    ARTICLES ABOUT THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS ARE POSTED DAILY AND
    UPDATES ARE ADDED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. GENERAL SPORTS NEWS LINKS ARE
    ALSO INCLUDED.





    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    GIANTS ANNOUNCE SCHEDULE FOR 2012 TRAINING CAMP

    "A few years ago, in an attempt to give the players' bodies a bigger break
    between training-camp sessions, Tom Coughlin moved the second practice of
    two-a-days to an evening workout that was very popular with the fans.


    But under the new collective bargaining agreement, there are no two-a-days
    permitted. So the evening practices have gone the way of monster rookie
    contracts.




    The Giants announced their schedule
    for this summer's training camp, which will return to the University at Albany
    after one season in East Rutherford last year because of the lockout. All
    practices will begin at 1 p.m. and are open to the public.




    The first practice of camp will be held on Friday, July 27; the last will be
    on Tuesday, Aug. 14.




    A look at the schedule




    Thurs., July 26: Players Report




    Fri., July 27: 1:00 p.m.




    Sat., July 28: 1:00 p.m.




    Sun., July 29: 1:00 p.m.




    Mon. July 30: No Practice




    Tues., July 31: 1:00 p.m.




    Wed., Aug. 1: 1:00 p.m.




    Thurs., Aug. 2: 1:00 p.m.




    Fri., Aug. 3: 1:00 p.m.




    Sat., Aug. 4: 1:00 p.m.




    Sun., Aug. 5: No Practice




    Mon., Aug. 6: 1:00 p.m.




    Tues., Aug. 7: 1:00 p.m.




    Wed., Aug. 8: 1:00 p.m.




    Thurs., Aug. 9: No Practice




    Fri., Aug. 10: at Jacksonville Jaguars, 7:30 p.m.




    Sat., Aug. 11: No Practice




    Sun., Aug. 12: 1:00 p.m.




    Mon., Aug. 13: 1:00 p.m.




    Tues., Aug. 14: 1:00 p.m.




    Wed., Aug. 15: No Practice – Break Camp"


















    GIANTS EXTEND COUGHLIN'S CONTRACT THROUGH 2014

    "It was only a matter of when, not if, Tom Coughlin's contract extension would
    be announced.


    The answer: today.




    The Giants have extended their head coach of eight seasons through the 2014
    season. Financial terms of the new contract for the two-time Super Bowl winner
    are not yet available.




    “It has always been my belief that it is an honor and a privilege to be the
    head coach of the New York Giants,” Coughlin said in a
    press release announcing the new deal
    . “I’m thankful to John Mara and Steve
    Tisch and their families for their support and the recognition of what our
    players and coaches have accomplished. And I’m grateful for the working
    relationship Jerry Reese and I have. We’ve got a lot of work left to do.”




    Coughlin, who turns 66 on Aug. 31 and hasn't publicly entertained thoughts of
    retirement, was signed for this upcoming season, but the second Super Bowl
    victory over the New England Patriots in four years ensured he'd receive an
    extended deal. In 2008, the Giants gave him a four-year, $21-million deal.




    It's believed Bill Belichick is now the highest-paid coach in the NFL at $7.5
    million per season. Coughlin, once on the verge of being fired back in 2006, is
    now being lauded as one of the best coaches in the league, so it's possible his
    deal will be worth as much, if not more.




    “I wanted Tom as our head coach going all the way back to the early ‘90s,”
    Mara said, “so it was with great confidence that Ernie Accorsi and I recommended
    to my father and Bob Tisch in 2004 that we hire Tom. Of course, my father didn’t
    need to be convinced. He saw what we have all seen, a man who has a singular
    focus and incredible dedication when it comes to his work. In so many ways, Tom
    represents to me who and what the head coach of our franchise should be.”




    Coughlin is 74-54 in the regular season during his tenure with the Giants.
    His eight postseason victories are tied with Bill Parcells for most in franchise
    history.




    "Tom is the right person in the right job at the right time,” Steve Tisch
    said. “I just really appreciate how our players respond to his leadership, and
    obviously our organization has benefitted tremendously because of the
    relationship Tom has with his players.”




    Said Reese, “Tom is a winner and he’s a fighter. And I enjoy and appreciate
    working with him. From where I sit, I couldn’t ask for more in a head
    coach.”



    ##

    OSI UMENYIORA'S TEAMMATES ARE HAPPY TO LEAVE HIS CONTRACT SITUATION IN THE PAST

    "Osi Umenyiora is back with the Giants,
    so as soon as his teammates finish answering this round of questions about the
    defensive end’s return, they won’t have to talk about the situation anymore.


    And that’s a good thing.




    "Yeah, well, anytime you get your guys back – especially an important player
    like Osi, a guy who’s been around for a long time, a good teammate and a good
    player – it’s good to have him in the locker room and back out practicing," Eli
    Manning said tonight at David Tyree’s charity bowling event at Chelsea Piers to
    benefit Children of the City. "People don’t have to answer questions about it,
    don’t have to worry about it. We can just worry about playing football."




    The details of Umenyiora’s restructured contract, which he signed on Friday,
    were revealed today. According to NFL Players’ Association records, the base
    value for this upcoming season is $6 million (a $2.5 million base salary, a $2
    million signing bonus, a $250,000 reporting bonus and $1.25 million in roster
    bonuses).




    There’s also a 2013 season on the contract, which helps the Giants spread the
    salary-cap hit over two years. That year easily voids, which means Umenyiora
    will be a free agent in the spring.




    Though Umenyiora received a raise of less than $1.5 million, he accepted the
    deal in part because of the support he received from teammates.




    "It means a lot," safety Antrel Rolle said of Umenyiora’s citing the support
    of him and others. "I think Osi understands what he means to us as a team. We
    definitely understand what he means to us as a team. So just having him back,
    it’s going to make my job a whole lot easier, it’s going to make this team that
    much better.




    "It’s going to help him out also to help him get exactly what he’s looking
    for, which is a good deal. I’m just excited to have him back. Osi, he’s like a
    brother to me and I love having him on the same side of the ball with me."

    Rolle said Umenyiora’s situation didn’t cause any distractions for the rest
    of the team.


    “People might have different speculations about him but Osi’s a great guy,”
    Rolle said. “He’s never been a cancer, he’s never been one to cause any
    controversy within our defense or in our organization. So I’m glad that’s behind
    him now.




    “He’s smiling like a kid in a candy shop right now and I’m also smiling. He’s
    a great teammate and he’s a better person.”




    * * * *




    Manning and Tyree were in the same building, so you know what was at least
    one of the topics of conversation: “The Catch.”




    “Afterward, I didn’t want to have to call a timeout because I knew there
    might be a challenge (from the replay booth),” Manning said. “So I walked up to
    him and asked, ‘David, did you catch it? Did you really catch it?’ And
    he goes, ‘Eli, I promise you I caught it.’




    “David’s one of the few guys I’d believe when he said that. Some guys, they
    might try to trick you. But I knew if David said he caught it, he really did.
    And thank goodness he did.”




    * * * *




    Tyree got himself a good turnout for his event, including players like Rolle
    and Chris Canty who have never been his teammates. All came to support Tyree and
    Children of the City.




    “I saw ‘The Catch’ as a platform to use my voice for good and for what’s
    right, and that’s really what Children of the City is all about,” Tyree said.
    “You’re talking about kids in some of the most impoverished areas of the Sunset
    Park area of Brooklyn. I’m all about going overseas and looking at the
    devastation overseas, but you could go into some of these apartments right here
    in New York City and you’ve got just as much devastation.




    “These people are knocking on doors, looking to help families out, breaking
    cycles of poverty through education as well as doing simple things like reaching
    out to kids whose parents are in prison, helping wounded young people and just
    bringing an impact on our local community, which I’m all about.”

    http://www.nj.com/giants/

    NY DAILY NEWS

    TOM COUGHLIN AND GIANTS AGREE ON TWO YEAR DEAL, SAYS THERE IS STILL "A LOT OF WORK LEFT TO DO""Tom Coughlin has
    already led the Giants to two Super Bowl championships. Now he’s got two more
    years to try and add another.


    The Giants finally announced what has been
    expected for months, that they have signed their 65-year-old head coach to a
    lucrative new contract that will keep him with the team through the 2014 season.
    After ripping up the one-year extension Coughlin signed last summer, he inked a
    new three-year deal late Tuesday night that is worth $20 million, a source
    familiar with the deal told the Daily News.

    MYERS:
    COUGHLIN CLOSING GAP ON TUNA




    That is believed to make Coughlin one of the highest-paid coaches in the NFL,
    though it's not clear exactly how high he ranks on that list. The Giants coach
    averaged about $5.25 million under the four-year extension he signed after the
    Giants won Super Bowl XLII in 2008. According to a recent report in Forbes
    magazine, that ranked Coughlin 10th among NFL coaches, far behind New England’s
    Bill Belichick ($7.5) whom he defeated in Super Bowl XLII and against last
    February in Super Bowl XLVI.




    Now, according to that Forbes list, he would rank only behind Belichick,
    Washington’s Mike Shanahan ($7 million), St. Louis’ Jeff Fisher ($7 million),
    Seattle’s Pete Carroll ($7 million), and New Orleans’ Sean Payton ($7 million)
    in terms of average salary. However, those are unconfirmed numbers and some
    people familiar with Coughlin's extension believe he is likely now the third
    highest-paid coach in the league.




    Coughlin, who is entering his ninth season with the Giants will be 68 when
    this deal expires, but he doesn’t sound like a man with a retirement plan in
    place.

    “It has always been my belief that it is an honor and a privilege
    to be the head coach of the New York Giants,” Coughlin said in a statement
    released by the Giants. “I’m thankful to John Mara and Steve Tisch and their
    families for their support and the recognition of what our players and coaches
    have accomplished. And I’m grateful for the working relationship Jerry Reese and
    I have.

    “We’ve got a lot of work left to do.”

    The oft-embattled
    Coughlin, who has seen speculation about his job security turn into an annual
    event in New York, has coached the Giants longer than any man in history other
    than Hall of Famer Steve Owen, who coached them for 24 years from 1930-53. In
    that time Coughlin has gone 74-54 in the regular season and won a franchise
    record-tying eight postseason games, including two Super Bowls.

    He has
    more than rewarded the faith of an organization that tried to hire him as their
    head coach back in 1993, finally hired him in 2004, and stuck by him after a
    near-disastrous 2006 season when most outsiders thought he had lost his grip on
    the job.

    “I wanted Tom as our head coach going all the way back to the
    early ‘90s,” said Giants co-owner John Mara. “So it was with great confidence
    that (former Giants GM) Ernie Accorsi and I recommended to my father and Bob
    Tisch in 2004 that we hire Tom.

    “Of course, my father didn’t need to be
    convinced. He saw what we have all seen -- a man who has a singular focus and
    incredible dedication when it comes to his work. In so many ways, Tom represents
    to me who and what the head coach of our franchise should be.”

    Coughlin
    is 142-114 in the regular season and 12-7 in the playoffs in his 16 seasons as
    an NFL head coach, including eight with the then-expansion Jacksonville Jaguars.
    His 142 regular-season victories tie him with new Rams coach Jeff Fisher for
    19th place on the all-time list, and his 154 total wins tie him with Hall of
    Famer Marv Levy at 17th all-time.

    Coughlin needs to win just four games
    this season to pass Bill Parcells (77) for second place on the Giants’ all-time
    wins list (way behind Owen’s 153). He’ll also be looking for his third NFC East
    championship and sixth playoff berth with the team.

    Another run at a
    Super Bowl might even make him a lock for a future spot in the Pro Football Hall
    of Fame.

    “Tom is the right person in the right job at the right time,”
    said Giants co-owner Steve Tisch. “I just really appreciate how our players
    respond to his leadership, and obviously our organization has benefitted
    tremendously because of the relationship Tom has with his players.”

    “Tom
    is a winner and he’s a fighter,” added GM Jerry Reese. “And I enjoy and
    appreciate working with him. From where I sit, I couldn’t ask for more in a head
    coach.”


    ##

    ANTREL ROLLE SAYS GIANTS ARE EQUIPPED FOR ANOTHER TITLE RUN WITH OSI UMENYIORA

    "Antrel Rolle said Osi Umenyiora has
    been “smiling like a kid in a candy shop” since he restructured his contract and
    made peace with the Giants. And he’s not the only one.



    With Umenyiora back in the fold and seemingly happy, the defending Super Bowl
    champs are “stacked,” Rolle said, and primed for another championship run. They
    have what Rolle “truly” thinks is the best defensive line in football, and with
    Umenyiora back maybe one of the best overall defenses, too.




    “We have an outstanding defensive line without Osi, but with Osi there it
    makes it that much better,” Rolle said on Tuesday night at Chelsea Piers where
    former Giants receiver David Tyree was holding a bowling event to benefit
    Children of the City. “I think we have a great team all the way around, not just
    the defensive line. We’re stacked right now at each and every position.




    “As long as guys stay healthy it’s going to be a great run.”




    Having the 30-year-old Umenyiora back will be a huge help to that run, and
    not just because of the 121/2 sacks he had in 13 games last season. The
    resolution of his years-long contract squabble with the Giants eliminates what
    might be the only offseason distraction the champs have had.




    “We don’t have to answer questions about it,” Eli Manning said. “We don’t
    have to worry about it. We just have to worry about playing football.”




    “Everybody knows this is a business in the NFL and Osi had to do whatever he
    had to do,” Rolle added. “Sometimes business can get a little sticky. We all
    know that.”




    OSI SACKS JETS: Umenyiora, in an interview with the NFL Network on
    Tuesday, said he understood why the Jets keep taking attention away from the
    defending champs: “We do things a bit differently out here,” he said. “We go out
    there on the football field and play. The Jets, they’re a good football team,
    but they have a lot of things going on that a lot of people are interested in.
    They’re more interested in that than us going out there and actually winning the
    Super Bowl.”

    OSI UMENYIORA'S RESTRUCTURED CONTRACT WITH GIANTS IS JUST FOR ONE YEAR, $6M AND DOESN'T INCLUDE ANY INCENTIVES

    "Now it's clear why Osi Umenyiora's
    former agent didn't want him to sign his restructured contract.



    Turns out it wasn't a very good deal at all.




    Umenyiora's restructured contract is only worth a total of $6 million,
    according to multiple NFL sources that provided the details to the Daily News on
    Tuesday – and that's the "best-case" scenario, if the 30-year-old defensive end
    plays all 16 games this season. The reworked contract also doesn't include any
    incentives, according to one source who saw the deal.




    That appears to be less than the incentive-based package the Giants were
    believed to be offering Umenyiora last spring, when he staged a brief holdout
    and then rejected the offer and chose to play under his existing deal instead.
    He had one year left on that deal that would've paid him a salary of $3.975
    million and about another $725,000 in bonuses for a total of around $4.7 million
    before he restructured late last week.




    In other words, after years of fighting the Giants, threatening to retire,
    calling GM Jerry Reese a liar in court, staging a brief holdout and complaining
    often, Umenyiora may have only gotten an extra $1.3 million out of the Giants –
    less if he doesn't play every game.




    The breakdown of his new deal goes like this: Umenyiora got a $2 million
    signing bonus and is due a base salary of $2.5 million. He'll get a $500,000
    roster bonus and a $250,000 reporting bonus. The remaining $750,000 will be paid
    off in a per-game bonus - $46,875 for every game he plays.




    Umenyiora's cap number will be about $4.6 million. The deal also includes a
    $1 million salary in 2013, but that's a "voidable year" of the deal, meaning he
    is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent next March.




    Though he didn't reveal the terms, Umenyiora admitted on Monday that his
    former agent, Tony Agnone, told him it was a "substandard" deal and he felt that
    he could get him something better. When Umenyiora decided to sign it anyway, he
    and Agnone split, though the defensive end said he plans to rehire Agnone before
    he becomes a free agent.




    Exactly what Agnone could have gotten for Umenyiora is unclear because the
    Giants clearly weren't willing to give him a long-term deal at anywhere near
    market value, which for a top defensive end is around $11 million per season
    with $15 million in guaranteed money, at least. That figures to be what
    Umenyiora, presumably with Agnone's help, will be seeking on the open market in
    March, if the Giants don't slap him with the "franchise player tag," which
    Umenyiora said he would gladly sign."

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant


    NY POST

    GIANTS, COUGHLIN AGREE TO THREE YEAR, $20M DEAL

    "Almost everyone associated with the Super Bowl-winning team cashes in and
    count head coach Tom Coughlin as one of the many who is sitting pretty as a
    result of the Giants claiming the grand prize and capturing Super Bowl XLVI.



    It was a foregone conclusion that Coughlin would receive a brand-new contract
    after winning his second Super Bowl in the past four years – just as he was
    given a four-year extension after the Giants won Super Bowl XLII after the 2007
    season. The Giants on Wednesday announced that Coughlin has signed a contract
    extension that takes him through the 2014 season, when he will be 68 years old.
    It actually is a new three-year deal, as the Giants tore up the one year
    remaining on his deal and replaced it with a three-year contract that a source
    confirmed is worth $20 million, a significant upgrade from the four-year, $21
    million deal (average of $5.25 million per year) he was working under.




    Coughlin’s average of $6.7 million per year puts him among the highest-paid
    NFL coaches. He trails the Patriots' Bill Belichick (the league’s highest-paid
    coach at $7.5 million per year) and the Redskins' Mike Shanahan and might be as
    high as the third highest-paid coach in the league, in the financial vicinity of
    the Rams' Jeff Fisher, Seahawks' Pete Carroll and Saints' Sean Payton.




    “It has always been my belief that it is an honor and a privilege to be the
    head coach of the New York Giants,” Coughlin said. “I’m thankful to [co-owners]
    John Mara and Steve Tisch and their families for their support and the
    recognition of what our players and coaches have accomplished. And I’m grateful
    for the working relationship Jerry Reese and I have. We’ve got a lot of work
    left to do.”




    Coughiln always scoffs when asked about retirement and there is no reason to
    believe he is operating under his final contract, given his physical zest and
    still-burning competitive fire. He is coming off perhaps his finest coaching
    achievement, taking a team that was 7-7 after 14 games and, riding rallying
    cries such as “Finish’’ and “All In’’ guided the Giants into the playoffs and
    then on a wild postseason ride, culminating with a second upset of the Patriots
    in another Super Bowl triumph.




    “I wanted Tom as our head coach going all the way back to the early ‘90s,”
    Mara said, “so it was with great confidence that Ernie Accorsi and I recommended
    to my father and Bob Tisch in 2004 that we hire Tom. Of course, my father didn’t
    need to be convinced. He saw what we have all seen, a man who has a singular
    focus and incredible dedication when it comes to his work. In so many ways, Tom
    represents to me who and what the head coach of our franchise should be.”




    The 2012 season will be Coughlin’s ninth with the Giants, making him the
    second-longest tenured coach in franchise history. Hall of Famer Steve Owen was
    head coach of the Giants for 24 years, from 1930 to 1953. Coughlin has 74
    regular-season victories with the Giants, the third-highest total in team
    history, behind only Owen (153) and Bill Parcells (77). His eight Giants
    postseason victories tie him with Parcells for the franchise record. Coughlin
    has led the Giants to two NFC East titles and five playoff berths in eight
    years. In 16 years as an NFL head coach – eight with the expansion Jaguars
    before the past eight with the Giants - Coughlin is 142-114 (.557) in the
    regular season and 12-7 (.632) in the postseason for an overall record of
    154-121 (.560).




    “Tom is the right person in the right job at the right time,” Tisch said. “I
    just really appreciate how our players respond to his leadership, and obviously
    our organization has benefitted tremendously because of the relationship Tom has
    with his players.”




    Reese, who as the general manager inherited Coughlin back in 2007, said “Tom
    is a winner and he’s a fighter. And I enjoy and appreciate working with him.
    From where I sit, I couldn’t ask for more in a head coach.”




    Coughlin is 2-0 in Super Bowls and is the 13th head coach to win multiple
    Super Bowls. At 65, he is the oldest head coach in the league. He turns 66 on
    August 31."



    ##

    REAL DEAL FOR OSI WORTH $6M

    "After all the hubbub, Osi Umenyiora will make $1.3 million more for the 2012
    season on his recently restructured Giants contract, a deal his former agent
    advised him not to sign because it was a “substandard’’ offer.



    As it turns out, Umenyiora agreed to what is essentially a one-year deal
    worth $6 million. Initial reports had the deal valued at $7.5 million; The Post
    reported Umenyiora’s deal at around $7 million.




    Umenyiora’s base salary is now $2.5 million. He gets a signing bonus of $2
    million, a $250,000 reporting bonus and $1.25 million in roster bonuses. Before
    the restructuring, Umenyiora was scheduled to make $3.975 million in base salary
    and another $700,000 in bonuses and easily attainable incentives to boost his
    earnings to $4.7 million.

    The increased money is not close to what Umenyiora was seeking, and Tony
    Agnone — his agent for the past five years — strongly advised him not to accept
    the modest raise. The 30-year old defensive end dismissed Agnone, realizing he
    had little leverage and might as well take what he could get and remain with the
    Giants. Umenyiora said last week he will re-hire Agnone when he becomes a free
    agent and needs someone to represent him in contract negotiations.



    The Giants added a voidable 2013 season at $1 million in salary to the new
    contract, but that will never kick in. Umenyiora will become an unrestricted
    free agent after this season."

    UMENYIORA: JETS NOT SUPER-FOCUSED

    "Now that he knows he’s going to remain with the Giants for at least one more
    season, Osi Umenyiora has no problem speaking out on the team that shares
    MetLife Stadium, saying the Giants “do things a little differently’’ than the
    Jets.



    “We go out there on the football field and play,” Umenyiora said last night
    on NFL Network’s “Total Access.” “The Jets, they’re a good football team
    themselves, but they have a lot of things going on that a lot of people are
    interested in, and they’re more interested in that than us going out there and
    actually winning the Super Bowl.

    “So, there’s nothing wrong with that. Much respect to the New York Jets.
    Hopefully, things will keep on going that way.”



    During the contract disharmony last year, Umenyiora accused general manager
    Jerry Reese in a sworn affidavit of reneging on a promise to come up with a new
    multi-year contract or else trade him.




    “Me and Jerry have always been cool,” Umenyiora said. “Obviously, business is
    business, and out here, in this type of atmosphere, sometimes you have to do
    some things to get your point across. But at the end of the day, I understood
    him, he understood me and we just were able to move forward.”

    http://www.nypost.com/sports/giants

    THE BERGEN RECORD

    GIANTS' COACH COUGHLIN GETS CONTRACT EXTENSION

    "The Giants finally made the inevitable reality Wednesday when they announced
    coach Tom Coughlin has signed a contract extension through 2014.



    Coughlin’s previous contract would have expired after the upcoming season,
    and ownership has spent the offseason not only insisting their head coach had
    earned a new deal, but it would be coming “sooner rather than later.”




    Four months and a day following their Super Bowl XLVI victory over Bill
    Belichick’s Patriots in Indianapolis, Big Blue rewarded their sideline leader
    who went from being on the hot seat to in contention for the Hall of Fame by
    winning his second Vince Lombardi trophy in five seasons.




    “I wanted Tom as our head coach going all the way back to the early 90s,”
    co-owner and team president John Mara said of Coughlin, entering his ninth
    season with the Giants as head coach. “So it was with great confidence that
    [former GM] Ernie Accorsi and I recommended to my father and Bob Tisch in 2004
    that we hire Tom. Of course, my father didn’t need to be convinced. He saw what
    we have all seen: a man who has a singular focus and incredible dedication when
    it comes to his work. In so many ways, Tom represents to me who and what the
    head coach of our franchise should be.”




    Terms were not disclosed, but Coughlin was previously believed to be among
    the Top 10 highest-paid coaches in the NFL with an annual salary of $5.25
    million. This extension will likely move him significantly up that list.




    Coughlin is the franchise’s second-longest tenured coach behind Hall of Fame
    coach Steve Owen, who led the team for 24 seasons from 1930-53.




    “It has always been my belief that it is an honor and a privilege to be the
    head coach of the New York Giants,” Coughlin said. “I’m thankful to John Mara
    and Steve Tisch and their families for their support and the recognition of what
    our players and coaches have accomplished. And I’m grateful for the working
    relationship Jerry Reese and I have. We’ve got a lot of work left to do.”




    Coughlin, 65, has led the Giants on a six-year regular-season streak without
    a losing record, the team’s longest since putting 10 seasons in a row from
    1954-63.




    “Tom is a winner and he’s a fighter,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “And
    I enjoy and appreciate working with him. From where I sit, I couldn’t ask for
    more in a head coach.”

    ##




    GIANTS' ANTREL ROLLE: "WE'RE STACKED AT EVERY POSITION"

    "Now that the New York
    Giants
    and Osi Umenyiora have ended their year-long standoff, the team is ready to turn the
    page and focus on the task at hand: defending their Super Bowl championship. And
    no player appears more excited and anxious to do exactly that than safety Antrel
    Rolle
    , who feels the 2012 Giants are a force to be reckoned with.



    "With Osi there, it just makes [the defensive line] that much more better,"
    Rolle said at David Tyree's Charity Bowl on Tuesday night. "I think we have a
    great team all the way around. We are stacked right now at each and every
    position. As long as guys stay healthy, it is going to be a great
    run."




    Health will be key for the Giants, who were crippled in 2011 after a series
    of devastating season-ending injuries to players like Jonathan Goff, Terrell
    Thomas and Marvin Austin. Already in 2012, they've lost cornerback Brian
    Witherspoon for the season with a torn ACL and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks for up
    to 12 weeks with a fractured 5th metatarsal of his right foot. In addition to
    those injuries, offensive lineman William Beatty has been dealing with a back
    injury, while tight end Martellus Bennett has been sidelined with a hamstring
    injury.




    All that said, Rolle is spot on in his assessment of the team; they are
    incredibly deep at nearly every position. In fact, if the team is to stay
    healthy, they may be forced to cut players at the end of training camp who will
    immediately go on to fill important roles for other teams. It's a testament to
    the job done by General Manager Jerry Reese, who focuses on talent and not
    flash.




    As far as Umenyiora and his contract situation goes, Rolle insists it was
    never a distraction to the team.





    "There were no distractions," Rolle said. "Osi had to do whatever it is he
    had to do. Osi has never been a cancer or one to cause any controversy within
    our defense or organization. I'm glad that it is behind him now and he is
    smiling like a kid in the candy shop and I am also smiling."




    Sounds like the Giants are preparing for Round 2 of "All In."

    GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA: JETS ARE MORE INTERESTED IN HEADLINES THAT WINNING

    "Late last week, New York
    Jets
    head coach Rex Ryan said he wished his team was more like the New York Giants. On Tuesday night, defensive
    end Osi
    Umenyiora
    reminded him and the rest of the Gang Green fanbase that in order
    to be like Big Blue, you have to get over the desire to constantly steal the
    headlines.



    “We go out there on the football field and play,” Umenyiora said on NFL Network’s
    “Total Access.” “The Jets, they’re a good football team themselves, but they have a lot of things
    going on that a lot of people are interested in, and they’re more interested in
    that than us going out there and actually winning the Super
    Bowl."




    For the better part of Ryan's tenure, his primary goal has been to eliminate
    the Giants from the back page of local papers. And to his credit, he's done a
    great job of exactly that. However, what he and the Jets have not done is win
    anything substantial. Meanwhile, the relatively silent Giants have now won two
    Super Bowl's in a five season span and are enjoying trophies and rings more than
    framed covers from the New York Post.




    Despite Ryan's desire to be more like Big Brother, the Jets still continue to
    dominate the headlines. From the addition of Tim Tebow to who's planning to
    attend "Jets West" and from Antonio Cromartie's baby momma drama to Ryan's
    stomach band weight loss, Gang Green still commands the attention of the local
    news. Very little of it has to do with actual football, and Umenyiora is perfectly fine with that
    pattern.





    "There’s nothing wrong with that. Much respect to the New York
    Jets
    . Hopefully, things will keep on going that way,” Umenyiora said with a
    laugh.




    The irony here is that the one constant headline for the Giants over the last
    year has been Osi's demand for a new contract. So, you know that whole saying
    about the pot calling the kettle black…"

    CONTRACT DETAILS FOR GIANTS' OSI UMENYIORA EMERGE

    "Osi
    Umenyiora
    signed his restructured contract with the New York
    Giants last Friday; however, the details have slowly started to come out
    regarding the length and pay of the deal.


    Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger reports that the details of the new restructured contract are
    as follows:





    2012
    Signing bonus: $2 million
    Base salary: $2.5 million
    Reporting
    bonus: $250,000
    Roster bonus: $750,000 ($46,875 per game on the 46-man active
    list) Roster bonus: $500,000 ($31,250 per game on the 53-man roster)




    2013
    Base salary: $1 million
    Note: This is a voidable year. What makes
    it void was not included in the breakdown I received, but trust me when I say
    it'll void extremely easily. Umenyiora won't be playing under this deal next
    year.




    The deal has been reported to be worth in between $6-$6.5 million for this
    year alone, with a voidable year to soften the salary cap hit. Although there
    were rumors that a clause was included in the contract that prohibited the
    Giants from using the franchise tag on Umenyiorafor next season, Andrew Brandt
    of ESPN reports that no such provision was given. Brandt also reports that there
    is a $500,000 bonus if the star defensive end reaches 10 sacks on the year.




    Furthermore, Umenyiora is officially still under contract for next season;
    however, the final year of the contract is fully expected to be voided. The
    contract enables the team to have a happy Osi
    Umenyiora
    for at least one more year, and for Osi to finally get his wish
    and hit free agency after the season. At least for now, it seems as if all
    parties are satisfied with the resolution to the previously contentious contract
    negotiations.

    http://www.giants101.com/

    BIG BLUE VIEW

    COUGHLIN SIGNS TWO YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION

    "Tom Coughlin has already led the Giants to two Super Bowl champions. Now he’s
    got two more years to try and add another.



    The Giants finally announced
    what has been expected for months, that they have signed their 65-year-old head
    coach to a lucrative contract extension. The two-year extension will keep
    Coughlin with the team through the 2014 season and will likely make him one of
    the highest-paid coaches in the league.

    Terms of the deal were not
    immediately available, but Coughlin averaged about $5.25 million under the
    four-year extension he signed after the Giants won Super Bowl XLII in 2008.
    According to a recent report in Forbes magazine, that ranked Coughlin
    10th among NFL coaches, far behind New England’s Bill Belichick
    ($7.5) whom he defeated in Super Bowl XLII and against last February in Super
    Bowl XLVI.

    Coughlin, who is entering his ninth season with the Giants
    will be 68 when this deal expires, but he doesn’t sound like a man with a
    retirement plan in place.

    “It has always been my belief that it is an
    honor and a privilege to be the head coach of the New York Giants,” Coughlin
    said in a statement released by the Giants. “I’m thankful to John Mara and Steve
    Tisch and their families for their support and the recognition of what our
    players and coaches have accomplished. And I’m grateful for the working
    relationship Jerry Reese and I have.

    “We’ve got a lot of work left to
    do.”

    The oft-embattled Coughlin, who has seen speculation about his job
    security turn into an annual event in New York, has coached the Giants longer
    than any man in history other than Hall of Famer Steve Owen, who coached them
    for 24 years from 1930-53. In that time Coughlin has gone 74-54 in the regular
    season and won a franchise record-tying eight postseason games, including two
    Super Bowls.

    He has more than rewarded the faith of an organization that
    tried to hire him as their head coach back in 1993, finally hired him in 2004,
    and stuck by him after a near-disastrous 2006 season when most outsiders thought
    he had lost his grip on the job.

    “I wanted Tom as our head coach going
    all the way back to the early ‘90s,” said Giants co-owner John Mara. “So it was
    with great confidence that (former Giants GM) Ernie Accorsi and I recommended to
    my father and Bob Tisch in 2004 that we hire Tom.

    “Of course, my father
    didn’t need to be convinced. He saw what we have all seen -- a man who has a
    singular focus and incredible dedication when it comes to his work. In so many
    ways, Tom represents to me who and what the head coach of our franchise should
    be.”

    Coughlin is 142-114 in the regular season and 12-7 in the playoffs
    in his 16 seasons as an NFL head coach, including eight with the then-expansion
    Jacksonville Jaguars. His 142 regular-season victories tie him with new Rams
    coach Jeff Fisher for 19th place on the all-time list, and his 154
    total wins tie him with Hall of Famer Marv Levy at 17th
    all-time.

    Coughlin needs to win just four games this season to pass Bill
    Parcells (77) for second place on the Giants’ all-time wins list (way behind
    Owen’s 153). He’ll also be looking for his third NFC East championship and sixth
    playoff berth with the team.

    Another run at a Super Bowl might even make
    him a lock for a future spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    “Tom is
    the right person in the right job at the right time,” said Giants co-owner Steve
    Tisch. “I just really appreciate how our players respond to his leadership, and
    obviously our organization has benefitted tremendously because of the
    relationship Tom has with his players.”

    “Tom is a winner and he’s a
    fighter,” added GM Jerry Reese. “And I enjoy and appreciate working with him.
    From where I sit, I couldn’t ask for more in a head coach.”



    ##

    NY GIANTS' PLAYERS UNDER PRESSURE: DA'REL SCOTT

    "New York Giants running back Da'Rel Scott teased fans and coaches with a pair
    of long touchdown runs during the 2011 preseason, flashing the blazing speed
    that led the Giants to take a flier on him with a seventh-round pick in the 2011
    NFL Draft.



    Scott, however, ended up having little to no impact on the Giants during the
    regular season. He had just five rushing attempts, caught two passes and
    returned 14 kickoffs for an average of 24.4 yards.




    Entering the 2012 season Scott finds himself trying to squeeze into what
    seems like a crowded Giants backfield.




    There is, of course, Ahmad Bradshaw. There is first-round pick David Wilson.
    There is incumbent third-down back DJ Ware. There is Andre Brown, who has bulked
    up to 240 pounds and who the Giants still seem enamored with. There is undrafted
    free agent Joe Martinek, who has shown versatility, pass-catching ability and
    has intrigued the Giants coaching staff.




    Scott, then, definitely fills the definition of a 'Player Under Pressure' as
    the 2012 season looms.




    Scott needs to show the Giants he is more than a guy who can run fast. Can he
    learn his blocking assignments? Can he run the proper pass routes? If he can do
    those things, can he beat out Ware for the third running back slot? Can he hold
    off challenges from Brown and Martinek for a roster spot?




    Scott's speed has gotten him a chance. The Giants are still wondering if he
    can do anything with it."

    NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: MUGGY HUMP DAY EDITION

    Excerpt: "Good morning fellow Giants fans. It's already hot and sticky in much of the
    country, and that usually means that the smell of football is in the air. And
    since it's Hump Day, let's look at our calendar--yes, 13 weeks until the start
    of the NFL season, or roughly three months. Training camps begin late next
    month, and this week we are in OTA #14 or something like that. I think I told
    you guys a while back that there is no off-season anymore, and that really is
    true, minus the actual games part of the equation. Let's see what news is
    floating around the Giants this morning...." Read more...

    http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news



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    YARDBARKER


    NY GIANTS: OFFENSIVE LNIE ENERGIZED

    "The New York Giants have always been known for having an outstanding offensive
    line in years past. Dating back from offensive tackle Roosevelt
    Brown
    to current offensive linemen Chris Snee. As a
    unit, the Giants offensive line have opened holes for their running backs; which
    enabled the Giants to have a ball control team throughout their history which
    helped them win countless championships and 4 Super Bowls along the
    way.

    All this changed last season, as the Giants offensive line endured
    countless injuries (despite winning the Super Bowl) and other players such as
    Dave Diehl and Kareem Mckenzie showed their
    age as the season unfolded. Entering the NFL draft, the Giants addressed their
    lack of depth on the offensive line by drafting Brandon Mosley
    and Matt McCants and also signed FA Sean
    Locklear
    to help booster an aging group. Offensive Line Coach
    Flaherty has been very impressed with his new arrivals along
    with his cast of linemen from last season.

    Dave Baasis
    entering his second season as the team’s center and is determined to play the
    entire season without injury. Baas added “Last season was a
    tough time for me as I couldn’t fully stay healthy at all throughout the
    season.’ Coach Flaherty and Head Coach
    Coughlin are very excited with the competition that will take
    place once training camp begins next month. Kevin Boothe
    started the last nine games of the 2011 championship season, but that doesn’t
    mean that his job is secure. Mitch Petrus will give him a run
    for his money and make their competition most likely the most intense among the
    offensive line.

    Also, Dave Diehl will most likely be
    moved to right tackle and play alongside Chris Snee (RG) to
    form a solid offensive line on the right side. Brandon Mosley
    and James Brewer along with Locklear will have
    the opportunity to compete against Will Beatty, who has been
    hindered by back issues this off season and hasn’t been involved in any of the
    OTA’s.

    “Until we can get everybody in camp, nothing is set in stone,”
    Flaherty said. “We’re a long ways away from that - a long ways.
    Maybe as long a way as we’ve been since I’ve been with the New York Giants, from
    getting everybody where we need them, to function and
    play.”

    Flaherty is leaning on veterans such as
    Diehl, Baas, Locklear and Snee to lead by
    example for the younger linemen to prepare for the long season ahead.
    Flaherty believes the younger players have the potential to
    excel in the NFL and is looking forward working with them at full speed once
    training camp begins...”

    So keep a close eye on the young linemen like;
    Mosley, McCants, Brewer, and Petrus, as they
    will be expected to push last season starters such as Booth,
    Beatty
    and perhaps Diehl for more playing time.
    Regardless, the Giants are on the right road back to having a solid offensive
    line and have a balance offensive attack with the run and/or pass. With a blend
    of seasoned veterans and talented rookies, the Giants offensive line should be
    solid for years to come."

    UMENYIORA DEAL LOWER THAN REPORTED

    "After all the hubbub, Osi
    Umenyiora
    will make only $1.3 million more for the 2012 season on his
    recently restructured Giants
    contract, a deal his former agent advised him not to sign because it was a
    "substandard" offer.




    As it turns out, Umenyiora agreed to what is essentially a one-year deal
    worth $6 million. Initial reports had the deal valued at $7.5 million; The Post
    reported Umenyiora's deal at around $7 million.




    Umenyiora's base salary is now $2.5 million. He gets a signing bonus of $2
    million, a $250,000 reporting bonus and $1.25 million in roster bonuses.




    Before the restructuring, Umenyiora was scheduled to make $3.975 million in
    base salary and another $700,000 in bonuses and easily attainable incentives to
    boost his earnings to $4.7 million.




    The increased money is not close to what Umenyiora was seeking, and Tony
    Agnone -- his agent for the past five years -- strongly advised him not to
    accept the modest raise.




    The 30-year old defensive end dismissed Agnone, realizing he had little
    leverage and might as well take what he could get and remain with the
    Giants.




    Umenyiora said last week he will re-hire Agnone when he becomes a free agent
    and needs someone to represent him in contract negotiations.




    The Giants added a voidable 2013 season at $1 million in salary to the new
    contract, but that will never kick in. Umenyiora will become an unrestricted
    free agent after this season."

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    ESPN.COM

    GIANTS REWARD COUGHLIN WITH CONTRACT EXTENSION

    "The New York
    Giants
    rewarded coach Tom Coughlin for his second Super Bowl victory with a
    contract extension that will keep him signed through 2014.



    The contract extension was expected after Coughlin guided the Giants to their
    second Super Bowl title since the 2007 season. Coughlin's contract expire after
    this season. The team did not announce terms of the deal, but a source confirmed
    that Coughlin's deal begins immediately and is actually a three-year contract
    worth $20 million. The deal makes Coughlin one of the highest-paid coaches in
    the league.

    The New York Daily News reported the terms of the deal earlier Wednesday.



    "It has always been my belief that it is an honor and a privilege to be the
    head coach of the New York Giants," Coughlin said in a statement released by the
    team. "I'm thankful to (co-owners) John Mara and Steve Tisch and their families
    for their support and the recognition of what our players and coaches have
    accomplished. And I'm grateful for the working relationship (general manager) Jerry Reese and I have. We've got a lot of
    work left to do."




    Coughlin, 65, is entering his ninth season with the Giants. He has a 142-114
    (.557) career regular-season record in 16 seasons as a coach with the Giants and
    Jacksonville
    Jaguars
    . His postseason record is 12-7 (.632) and his 142 regular-season
    victories are tied with the St. Louis Rams'
    Jeff Fisher for 19th all-time.



    "I wanted Tom as our head coach going all the way back to the early '90s,"
    Mara said. "So it was with great confidence that Ernie Accorsi and I recommended
    to my father and Bob Tisch in 2004 that we hire Tom. Of course, my father didn't
    need to be convinced. He saw what we have all seen, a man who has a singular
    focus and incredible dedication when it comes to his work. In so many ways, Tom
    represents to me who and what the head coach of our franchise should be."




    Tisch credited Coughlin with turning the team around last season, when the
    Giants had to win their last two games of the season to win the NFC East and
    make the playoffs. The Giants won their last six games overall, including four
    postseason games, to win the Super Bowl.




    "Tom is the right person in the right job at the right time," Tisch said. "I
    just really appreciate how our players respond to his leadership, and obviously
    our organization has benefitted tremendously because of the relationship Tom has
    with his players."




    Coughlin is third in Giants franchise history with 74 regular-season wins,
    and he is tied with Bill Parcells with a franchise-record eight playoff wins. He
    has led the Giants to two NFC East crowns and five postseason berths during his
    New York tenure.




    "Tom is a winner and he's a fighter," Reese said. "And I enjoy and appreciate
    working with him. From where I sit, I couldn't ask for more in a head
    coach."


    ##

    ROLLE: GIANTS "STACKED" RIGHT NOW

    "Osi Umenyiora credited Antrel Rolle as one of
    his teammates who inspired him to take the Giants' restructure offer and end his
    contract squabble.

    Now with a content Umenyiora back in the fold, Rolle says the world champions
    are not only loaded on the defensive line but "stacked" at every position and
    ready to defend their title.

    "With Osi there, it just makes [the
    defensive line] that much more better," Rolle said at David
    Tyree's
    Charity Bowl benefit for Children of the City and the Legacy
    Center at Chelsea Piers on Tuesday night. "I think we have a great team all the
    way around. We are stacked right now at each and every position. As long as guys
    stay healthy, it is going to be a great run."

    Like many of his
    teammates, Rolle said Umenyiora's contract dispute was never a distraction for
    the players, many of which supported the defensive end's desire for a new deal.


    "There were no distractions," Rolle said. "Osi had to do whatever it is
    he had to do. Osi has never been a cancer or one to cause any controversy within
    our defense or organization. I'm glad that it is behind him now and he is
    smiling like a kid in the candy shop and I am also smiling."

    "Osi
    understands what he means to us as a team," Rolle added. "Just having him back
    is going to make my job a whole lot easier and make this team that much more
    significantly better. It is also going to help him also in helping him get
    exactly what he is looking for which is a great deal. I am just excited to have
    him back."

    Now with a content Umenyiora back in the fold, Rolle says the world champions
    are not only loaded on the defensive line but "stacked" at every position and
    ready to defend their title.

    "With Osi there, it just makes [the
    defensive line] that much more better," Rolle said at David
    Tyree's
    Charity Bowl benefit for Children of the City and the Legacy
    Center at Chelsea Piers on Tuesday night. "I think we have a great team all the
    way around. We are stacked right now at each and every position. As long as guys
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