Saturday, July 30, 2011
Osi Umenyiora reports to Giants camp
By Ohm Youngmisuk
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Osi Umenyiora reported to New York Giants training camp on Saturday night.
Umenyiora did not practice Saturday. Coach Tom Coughlin said the defensive end arrived close to 4 p.m. He expects Umenyiora to undergo his physical on Sunday.
When asked if Umenyiora could practice Sunday, Coughlin answered, "We'll see. We didn't really have a chance to sit down upstairs. I had a chance to see him, say hello."
Coughlin said he did not ask Umenyiora where he was Friday, the first day of camp.
"You'd like everybody to be in a great frame of mind," Coughlin said. "I'd like him to come in, I'd like him to be excited about being a Giant and I'd like to put these four defensive ends out on the field together and let them play together. I'd like to take the flexibility that is there and move people around and force problems for the opposition."
Teammate Justin Tuck said earlier in the afternoon that he spoke with Umenyiora and predicted "I wouldn't be surprised if we see a quicker end to this than people think."
Umenyiora wants a new contract or a trade to a team that will give him a new deal. He has two years remaining at a total of $8 million. Umenyiora was placed on the reserve/did not report list by the Giants on Friday. Co-owner John Mara wants to see Umenyiora sit down with general manager Jerry Reese and hash out their differences.
Umenyiora is "genuinely mad" at Reese, according to a source. Reese has given no indication of whether he is willing to re-negotiate a new deal or trade the defensive end.
Based on the new transition rules, players who hold out are subject to a daily $30,000 fine. Umenyiora, though, did not return to avoid the fines.
Tuck did not tell Umenyiora to join the team but said he supported his good friend and just wanted to make sure Umenyiora did not do something he would regret.
He also said he did not think the relationship between Umenyiora and the Giants is beyond repair.
"I think he realizes that this is a business and he is doing what he feels is best for him," Tuck said. "You can't blame him for that. He has to do what is best for him. That is all I tell him to do. My biggest concern is that he doesn't do something that is going to hurt Osi."
"We have all seen worse," Tuck added. "Worse than the situation between Osi and the New York Giants. Not to bring up old (one) but a couple of years ago Michael Strahan was in a similar situation. He might have had more clout at the time being a future Hall of Famer. People have to understand, this is a business."
In a sworn affidavit as part of the recent Brady vs. NFL players lawsuit during the lockout, Umenyiora said Reese told him in 2008 that if the defensive end were still playing at a high level in two years, he'd reward him with a new contract or trade him to a team that would pay him like a top-five defensive end.
Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.