"We're just going to have to wait and see," Umenyiora said. "I can see it
going either way. I can see where they would keep me, I can see where they would
trade me, because it makes sense both ways. So hopefully things will work out in
my interest. I know the team is going to do what's best for them. They've always
made the right decisions for that organization. Whether that's keeping me or
trading me, I'd love to stay, but at the end of the day I understand it's a
business and hopefully things will work out."
Umenyiora also said he is "cool" with the Giants organization despite his
highly-publicized issues with GM Jerry Reese and his contract in past
"Me and Jerry Reese, me and the owners, Mr. Mara and Mr. Tisch, we're all
cool," Umenyiora said. "Even when all that stuff was going on, it wasn't really
as contentious as people would have thought. We just sat down and had a lot of
conversations. We went back and forth as to what was going on. They understand
it's a business just like I understand it's a business. If anything happens, in
the event that I am traded or released, it's not going to be bad. They would
probably be doing it for my own good, in actuality, so I'll be happy with
anything that happens."
The most interesting thing here is that Umenyiora is not demanding anything.
After having complained about playing time two offseasons ago and demanded a
trade last offseason when he could not get the new contract he he wanted it
sounds as though he will accept whatever the Giants decide to do without making
an issue of it.
Personally, as long as Umenyiora can be happy with the Giants, I would love
to see them keep him. He is only due $3.975 million for 2012, and unless the
Giants are overwhelmed by a trade offer that would include a couple of high
draft picks I don't know why they would trade him. He remains a difference-maker
as a pass-rusher, and the plethora of defensive ends the Giants possess is part
of what sets the Giants defense apart.
NOTE: 'Kudos' to Pro Football Talk for transcribing much of Umenyiora's 'Mike
& Mike' appearance. 'Kudos' also to Mike Garafolo for finding this long before I did. Someday I
will learn to listen to sports talk radio regularly during the day."