Posted on29 April 2012.
NEW YORKâ"Giants DE Osi Umenyiora has proclaimed that heâs somewhat in the dark as to what the Giants have in store for him. He has put it out there that he wants a long term contract but that its really out of his hands.
The Giants donât really handle their internal business in the street so it was no shock to see them make moves such as extending DE/OLB Mathias Kiwanuka. It âseemedâ like they were making their choice. It âseemed likeâ Osi was on the fast track to being traded during the NFL draft weekend.
Not only did that not happen but the Giants are singing a different tune.
At the draft, Giants GM Jerry Reese explained the teamâs position. âOsi has been offered an extension two years in a row now,ââ Reese said. âWeâd still like to make it work.â
Who is telling the truth?
Do the Giants want him or is it that the Giants donât want to pay him what he thinks heâs worth?
Many things mean many things to different people. Not showing him what he wants to see to Osi could qualify his statements that all boil down to itâs up to the team.
Reese did admit that the Giants did look into a trade during the draft.
âAll options were explored with respect to that. Our first choice is heâll play for the Giants and retire as a Giant.ââ
Umenyiora is a prized defensive end on a team that leans on that position to make the rest of its defense click.
Their pass rushing initiative sets it all up so depth at that position is not a luxury; itâs a necessity. The trio of Justin Tuck, Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul should be kept intact if the Giants are to repeat.
Itâs how the Giants play football and itâs not going to change anytime soon.
This push and pull has been going on with Osi and the Giants for an extended period of time. Somebody needs to give soon or this will be a pesky issue that dominates the headlines going into the spring and summer activities.
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