Excerpt: "There will be changes following this season for the Giants because there always are, especially after a team fails to live up to expectations. Osi Umenyiora after 10 years with the Giants figures to be one of those changes.
Umenyiora, 31, has been around long enough to know, as he says, there’s a “high probability’’ he will be playing for another team in 2013. But as he contemplates what figures to be his last game for the Giants — Sunday against the Eagles — Umenyiora is also wondering how the powers that be will determine who stays and who goes.
“Where are they going to make the changes is the question,’’ Umenyiora said. “There’s no individual, there’s no aspect of the team this year that stood out. There’s nowhere that was up to the standards that we set last year. If they’re going to be making changes, it has to be wholesale changes. Everybody has to leave. There has to be changes for everybody because nobody played above average this year.’’
Clearly, “everybody’’ is not going to leave. It looked as if Umenyiora would be gone following the Super Bowl victory, but he and the team agreed on a contract restructuring both sides could live with. The deal included an easily-voidable 2013 season. Unlike 2011, Umenyiora stayed healthy the entire season and, operating in a defensive end rotation behind starters Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, had six sacks, only one-half behind Pierre-Paul for the team lead.
“I definitely have some very good years left in me,’’ Umenyiora said. “I haven’t lost any explosion. I haven’t lost any speed. I’m not happy about the way the season unfolded, but I’m happy about that.’’His goal, Umenyiora stressed, is to remain with the Giants but he knows that is a long-shot.
“I think most people want to finish out their career with the team that they started and I fall into that category,’’ he said. “I would have loved to have finished my career here, but everybody is not so fortunate. Everybody is not a Michael [Strahan].
“I’m just happy with the things I’ve done here and I’m happy with the things that I’ve accomplished here. If it does, in fact, turn out to be my last game, then it’s been a wonderful, wonderful ride and I’m just going to walk around in New York with my head held high because it’s been a great accomplishment playing for this organization and being able to do some of the things that we accomplished here as a team.’’As for what he’s looking for moving forward, Umenyiora said he’s looking to be a starter somewhere next season." Read more...