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Movement in Umenyiora stalemate

Posted on: August 1, 2011 12:15 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 12:21 pm
So Osi Umenyiora has been given permission to seek a trade from the New York Giants. That doesn't mean one will happen. It means the Giants have taken the first step to eliminate a distraction.

Reports indicate the Giants want a first-round draft pick in return, and that's going to be tough. Remember, he wants a new contract, too. So you'd sacrifice a first-rounder and mucho bucks for him, which will shrink the field of suitors. But there should be people at least interested, and that is a step forward.

Make no mistake, Umenyiora wants out now. He is an unhappy camper who believes general manager Jerry Reese didn't follow through on a promise he allegedly made in 2008. In a sworn affadavit that was part of the Tom Brady lawsuit vs. the NFL, Umenyiora said that Reese promised him a new contract or a trade if he had two productive years.

Umenyiora believes he lived up to his part of the deal. He emphatically believes the Giants have now, staying out one day of camp to demonstrate it. Now, at least, there's movement, with the defensive end allowed to seek a potential suitor ... mostly, I believe, to calm down Umenyiora.

He has two years left on his contract, and this is the Giants' way of saying he won't be getting a new deal. So maybe he'll get a new home. That would make Umenyiora happy. People close to him swore that he would never play another down for the Giants. Maybe they're right.

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Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:17 pm

Movement in Umenyiora stalemate

The one element that I like about the collective bargaining agreement is that they can now fine players up to $30,000 a day for holding out.  This will decrease the likelihood of players having those lenghty holdouts which cut into their regular season production.  They should make it $100,000 a day.  That way they would eventually have to honor the contracts they sign.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:14 pm

Movement in Umenyiora stalemate

Someone get Mike Tannebaum on the phone and tell him to trade next year's 1st rounder for Osi. Ask for a late round pick back in exchange for the first rounder. Osi would be a big help to the Jets D-line pass rush. Won't happen, but I would do it. The Jets 1st round pick is probably going to be 25th or higher anyway. Take a proven commodity.

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 12:47 pm

Movement in Umenyiora stalemate

Seems like an unecessary distraction.  Hopefully the Giants can get something back for him.   Maybe (if they can't find the draft pick that they want) they can find somebody with an offensive lineman or a linebacker?  But really, while I think most Giant fans think Osi is pretty good, they can live without him. 

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