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And the defensive end says there's a chance he could stay even though his agent will contact teams once free agency begins. The defensive end, though, also told the New York Post that he would not rule out the Jets.
"Rex Ryan, when I was coming out of college he was with Baltimore at the time and he came down to work me out at Troy, he came to Atlanta, just me and him,” Umenyiora told the Post when asked about the Jets. “We had a pretty good time out there so I’ve always enjoyed him as a coach and as a person. That might be a good fit. Hopefully it will be with the Giants.’’
Umenyiora told reporters in New Orleans that there's still a chance he could remain a Giant despite the fact that he wants two things the Giants very likely cannot give him -- a lot more money and a starting spot.
The Giants are projected to be $4.7 million over the cap according to ESPN NFL insider John Clayton. They have several of their own free agents like Will Beatty to take care of and restricted free agents like Victor Cruz, who told reporters in New Orleans he is not getting antsy while continuing to wait for a possible contract extension.
“There’s a chance, absolutely,” Umenyiora told reporters in New Orleans of sticking with the Giants. “Of course (there) is. Hopefully that’ll happen. I prefer to finish out my career there. But there’s a lot of things in play here. It’s not going to be totally my decision. They’re going to have some decisions to make also. It’s going to be a collective effort. My agent’s going to have his say. Hopefully things will work out there. I prefer to stay there.”
“Honestly man, I think not only do I want to get something financially, but I want a chance to prove I am who I say I am,” he added. “Wherever I get the best opportunity to do that is I think where I’m going to go. I feel like I’m a Pro Bowl player and I feel like I’m a starter in this league. Obviously that might be difficult to do in New York. But the door’s still open there. It’s something I would really relish that opportunity to finish my career there.”
Alright guys, tell us what you think of Osi's latest comments and the idea of him playing for Rex.
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