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Umenyiora feud getting hotter

Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:29 am
Edited on: July 29, 2011 3:37 pm
The Osi Umenyiora staredown is real. The guy is ticked and serious about getting what he wants, which is why he wasn't at the Giants' facility Friday morning.

If he fails to show up for training camp, he'll start absorbing a $30,000 per day fine. Some agents wondered if the league could impose the fine with the CBA not ratified, but an NFL spokesman told me Friday it could -- because it was part of the agreement that players approved on Monday.

But this isn't about a fine. This is about integrity, and Umenyiora contends in an affadavit that was part of the Tom Brady antitrust suit that Giants' GM Jerry Reese didn't live up to his word when, in 2008, he promised that if Umenyiora were a productive player for two years he would reward him with a new contract or trade him to a team that would.

Neither has happened, and as of Thursday night neither Umenyiora nor his agent had spoken with Reese.

So the situation is hot, and it could get hotter. One source close to Umenyiora told me the defensive end is so steamed he won't play another down for the Giants. That's fine, execept he's under contract to the club for another two seasons. So he's stuck. The Giants don't have to do anything except collect fines for each day he misses.

Plus, Umenyiora lost some leverage Thursday when the Giants re-signed Mathias Kiwanuka, a pass-rushing specialist who missed most of last year with a neck injury. Only Umenyiora is a premier pass rusher, who last year produced 11 sacks and an NFL-record 10 forced fumbles.

At some point, preferably soon, this needs to be resolved -- and the Giants know it. They should put the Umenyiora issue behind them quickly, then move on. It's a distraction that nobody -- not Reese, coach Tom Coughlin or the Giants -- needs heading into a season where they're trying to return to the playoffs.

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Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:34 pm

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

Masu1148 i don't know were your from but we don't neet comment like that. The  Giant should trade him and let him play football.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:15 pm

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

That's all fine n' dandy fothead, but it looks like Reese doesn't want to do either one. If you feel like you either can't afford to keep him or he isn't worth keepin.. TRADE HIM!! Give the man his wishes and move him.. If the giants want to cut or trade him, they can do so at any time. Now since they are considered a "partnership" why can Osi be traded upon request? Thats a double standard.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:11 pm

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

Why do they continue to let bigots like Masu1148 spew their venom on here?

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:05 pm

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

Too much money for Osi.  With Tuck, Pierre-Paul and Kiwanuka there's no reason to have to increase Osi's pay.  Love him for what he's done for the G-Men but after cutting two starting offensive lineman due to cap issues, with Bradshaw to still resign, and needing another receiver, Osi's gotta go.  It's the reality of the NFL.  You got a younger, cheaper group ready to do close to the job he does, your out. 

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:55 pm

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

Red wing I see your point, but you also kinda made my point as well. You said that an owner only cuts a guy after his guaranteed money is gone, but if not, they will trade him to a new team. Right there is where I'm confused. A owner can trade the player anytime they need be because they do not want to fulfill their obligation to pay out the contract, seems like a way out to me. That's all Palmer is asking for, but browns tight ass would rather see a guy end his career as opposed to trading him to better his team.. If an owner can trade a guy away for any reason, then why can't a player be granted a trade upon request? I mean I thought it was a partnership now? Same for Osi, if he feels like he is being under appreciated, then why is it out of his right to be granted an extension or a trade? Not trying to prove a point but just curious.. And just because the team has to pay a player out if he is cut doesn't really mean much, because, well the fact is they were able to cut him.. Therefore the owner broke his agreement. As for the double standard, a player can most certainly over perform bud, CJ ran for over 2000 yards the year before last, while making less than $1 million a year.. That's underpaid man, now he will have to fight tooth and nail this year to get the money he deserves.. But if, and I'll use your example, Jamarcus russel underperforms, the raiders cut him. Yeah they pay the rest of the guaranteed, but any team after can sign him to the bare minimum(tho well deserved lol). Can't get away with that in baseball, or basketball for that matter.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:53 pm

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

Are you for real, what a scumbag you are. I didn't realize they had computers in the trailer park....

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:43 pm

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

pay that big nigger already

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:33 pm

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

redwing1969, so by your stance you would not give in, like Brown with Carson Palmer?  And I'm the stupid one?  Guaranteed?  That's garbage.  You sign a player to a five year contract and can cut him after 2 because his "guaranteed" money is paid out is not only crap but a double standard.  The only similiar action the players have is to hold out.  I understand that as a Lions fans you probably hate the world, and for good reason, but calm down.

Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:09 pm

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

GMen12...Im glad you typed all that so I didnt have to go back and look up all those states. hes being a cry baby and needs to put up one more good year to have an agument.  If we do trade him it needs to be for an elite LB. Otherwise just show him all the haynesworth articals and ask him if thats what he wants to become.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:00 pm

Umenyiora feud getting hotter

The most misleading stat in the NFL is the sack.  If a guy has 15 sacks in a year and takes off 45 plays a game he still is viewed as a superstar.  Most sacks are the result of something out of the 'sacker's control.  A db blanketing a receiver.  Another lineman being doubleteamed.  An offensive lineman slipping or missing an assignment.  A all out blitz.  When are people gonna rate defensive linemen like they do offensive linemen, by reviewing the game film.

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