Monday, August 8, 2011
Movement on the Osi Umenyiora front?
By Dan Graziano
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Haven't seen Osi Umenyiora yet since I arrived at New York Giants camp this morning, and I didn't expect to. But we do have some newsy stuff breaking with regard to the disgruntled defensive end's contract situation.
My friend and former colleague Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger spoke with Giants owner John Mara, who told him he's confident the contract situation will be resolved and Umenyiora will play for the Giants this year.
"It's something we can work out," Mara told Steve. "We're already talking to his agent to do something incentive-wise with his contract to make him happy."
On Twitter, Adam Schefter reports that the Giants have offered Umenyiora incentives that would increase his 2011 salary if he recorded 13.5 sacks this season and that Umenyiora has asked the Giants to void the final year of his contract, which would be the 2012 season. It's hard to imagine the Giants agreeing to that and also offering 2011 incentives, but the upshot is that the two sides are talking and appear to share the goal of actually having Umenyiora on the team this year.
Umenyiora has been in Giants camp almost since it began but has not practiced with the team. He has two years and $7.1 million remaining on his contract and believes he's underpaid. In a sworn affidavit as part of the Brady vs. NFL antitrust case (which has since been settled), Umenyiora said that Giants GM Jerry Reese promised him the team would either rework his contract or trade him to a team that would. Last week, the Giants gave Umenyiora permission to seek a trade on his own, but he was unable to find a team that would pay the Giants' asking price -- reportedly a first-round pick.