If things remain status quo, don’t expect Osi Umenyiora to report to training camp on Friday.
According to Umenyiora’s close friend on the team, Justin Tuck, the 29-year-old defensive end will not attend Giants camp without a reworked contract.
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“No, I don’t,” Tuck responded when asked if he could foresee Omenyiora showing up without a reworked contract.
The 29-year-old Umenyiora wants his contract reworked so that he can receive a raise. But the cap-strapped Giants, who have several other high-profile free agents they’d like to re-sign, including Ahmad Bradshaw, Steve Smith and Mathias Kiwanuka, might not be willing to give it to him.
“You try to never get in the middle of someone’s contract dispute, but again, he’s an invaluable member of this defense and you want to keep your core guys together,” said Tuck, who has kept in close contact and spoken frequently with Umenyiora. “Last year, he came off injury and had a great year, and he’s still got a lot of great years left in him.
“He’s gonna have to do what’s best for him,” Tuck continued. “I don’t know what the speculation is, but I hope he finds his way to be a Giant next year, and if he doesn’t I wish him luck in anything he does. But I’m pushing to get him back in blue.”
Umenyiora and GM Jerry Reese have still yet to meet or schedule a meeting to sit down, discuss there differences and try to hammer out a new deal.
Umenyiora, who had 11.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles last season, has two years remaining at a total of $8 million on his contract. In a sworn affidavit as part of the recent Brady v NFL antitrust lawsuit during the lockout, Umenyiora said Reese told him in 2008 that if he were still playing at a high level in two years, Reese would reward him with a new contract or trade him to a team that would pay him like a top-five defensive end.