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Friday, July 29, 2011
Holdout watch: Osi Umenyiora

By Dan Graziano

The Giants' players are reporting today for the first day of training camp in East Rutherford, N.J. But defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who is unhappy enough with his contract that he swore an affidavit accusing GM Jerry Reese of being a liar, did not show up for his scheduled 9 a.m. physical. And Adam Schefter reports that Umenyiora will not be showing up for a scheduled 1 p.m. meeting.

The question becomes what the Giants will do if Umenyiora holds out. He has two years and $8 million left on his contract, and the Giants are up against the cap and currently preoccupied with trying to sign free agents Ahmad Bradshaw, Kevin Boss and Steve Smith, as well as finding linebacker help on the free-agent market. Umenyiora's claim in court was that Reese promised him that, if he performed as one of the top defensive ends in the league, he'd get a new contract or a trade to a team that would give him one, and that Reese has broken that promise.

But while Umenyiora did rack up 11.5 sacks last year, he had just seven the year before and missed the 2008 season with an injury. So there's some dispute about whether his performance has lived up to his end of the deal he claims he and Reese made. And regardless, that deal wasn't in writing, so all we have to go on is Umenyiora's word about how that conversation went.

The Giants have a couple of options, which are:
I'm betting they call his bluff. They could get mad enough to deal him, but the Giants don't generally act out of anger like that.