- Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer
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Justin Tuck saw Osi Umenyiora’s Mother’s Day Twitter jab at LeSean McCoy and came up with his own conclusion.
“My thing is it was just his ploy to get more followers,” Tuck joked. “That’s all.”
Appearing at a SUBWAY event for the screening of the new movie “Battleship” held aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum, Tuck cracked about Umenyiora wishing McCoy a Happy Mother’s Day.
While Umenyiora might have been having fun at McCoy’s expense on Twitter, the Giants defensive end won’t be laughing later this summer if he and the Giants are unable to resolve his contract.
Umenyiora wants a new deal as he enters the final year of his contract worth just under $4 million this season. Tuck said he and his teammates understand Umenyiora’s contract concern and how it is a part of the business of the NFL.
“We just understand that it is a part of the game and why make it bigger than what it is,” Tuck said. “You can add fuel to the fire and make it huge. Right now it is just smoke. You don’t even see the flames yet. And we would like to keep it that way.”
GM Jerry Reese has said he is open to an extension and has offered Umenyiora an extension for two straight years. Umenyiora countered by saying that the team offered him half of what Mathias Kiwanuka recently received in guarantees in a new three-year, $21.75 million extension. Kiwanuka will get $10.95 million in guaranteed money.
Tuck hopes the Giants will be able to keep his good friend happy knowing full well how important Umenyiora is to the defending Super Bowl champions’ success.
He has been in constant contact with Umenyiora but is unsure if he will see the defensive end at Wednesday night’s ring ceremony at Tiffany & Co.
“I talk to Osi constantly,” Tuck said. “I haven’t seen him. He tweeted some pictures of his son doing my Tuck bow [sack celebration]. I told him, ‘hey, your son is smarter than you, he recognizes a real football player.’ That’s all it is, stuff like that, back and forth.”
When asked if he thinks he will see Umenyiora on Wednesday night when the Giants receive their rings, Tuck joked about his good friend again.
“If he tweets me a picture of his son doing something,” Tuck cracked. “He thinks he has better abs than me and stuff like that. Osi is weird.”
But, of course, if Tuck doesn’t see Umenyiora on Wednesday night, he hopes to see his friend in a Giants uniform later this summer in camp.