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Umenyiora suitors balk at Giants' demands

Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:39 am
Edited on: August 2, 2011 10:41 am
Not surprisingly, there are no new developments in the Osi Umenyiora situation. The Giants granted the defensive end permission to seek a deal, but they're asking for a first-round draft pick in return -- something that's not likely to happen. And that's not just me talking. It's Umenyiora's agent, Tony Agnone.

"We'll continue to pursue a trade," he said Tuesday morning, "but at that high level I find it a rather dubious situation."

I'll second that.

Agnone is fielding calls from teams, and there are a lot of them. He's talking to interested GMs, and there are a lot of them. But not at the price the Giants are demanding. A second-rounder? Maybe. But, remember, Umenyiora wants a new contract, too. So you'd have to sacrifice a first-rounder and a lot of money to acquire him.

Clubs are willing to pay the money. They're not willing to mortgage a first-rounder, especially under terms of the new agreement that only increase the value of a top pick. So where it appears the Giants are willing to trade Umenyiora, the terms are so high that a trade doesn't seem likely.

That leaves Umenyiora sitting still, so steamed about what's going on he reportedly is dead set against playing another down for the Giants. But Agnone had plans to meet with him Tuesday morning to discuss the next move ... if, in fact, there is a move.

All I know is that nothing is happening on the Umenyiora front ... from either end. And maybe that's a good thing. Emotions need to settle down.

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Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:21 pm

Umenyiora suitors balk at Giants' demands

Asking for a first rounder is smart for the Giants because I don't think they really want him to leave anyway.  Why would they?  he has a great season last year. The only way they accept less is if Osi becomes even more petulant than he already has been... which I suppose wouldn't really be a stretch.  But Osi needs to get his head straight...  His initial contract was fair, and he obviously agreed to it being front-loaded at the time.  He's constantly dealing with nagging injuries, the Giants have 2 other solid DEs already on the roster (Tuck and Kiwanuka) and another promising potential replacement also waiting in the wings (Pierre-Paul).  Plus, the Giants do not have cap space to give in to his demands anyway.  I understand he wants one last big payday now since he'll be 32 and less attractive of an option 2 years from now when his current deal expires... but I'm not going to cry a river for a guy currently laboring under a $42 million contract.  I'd hate to see him go, but would be glad to not have to read about him throwing a hissy fit about something or another every year in training camp.

Since: Dec 13, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:16 pm

Umenyiora suitors balk at Giants' demands

He'd be a great part of the defense if he stays but with Tuck, Kiwanuka, and JPP he's not the only great pass rusher on the team.  He's been hurt a lot and unhappy a lot and he'll take that with him wherever he goes so I don't see the Giants getting a first rounder.  The Jets might try it, though.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:15 pm

Umenyiora suitors balk at Giants' demands

The Giants are doing this so when he tries to neotiate a top 5 de contract he will see no one thinks he is worth it.  Its gunna be a harsh wake up for the guy but if no one else wants to give you the contract why does he think the Giants should

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:13 pm

Umenyiora suitors balk at Giants' demands

"Coming off surgery?" Am I missing something? I thought he played every game the past two seasons and had major knee surgery back in 2008. Three seasons ago. Is that what "coming off surgery" means now?

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:09 pm

Umenyiora suitors balk at Giants' demands

Osi wants johnson type money and may sit out if he doesn't get it.  

Let him sit out the rest of his life then. As I said before, the guy is an excellent pass rusher and football player but the Giants have done their part here.  They signed him years ago to a 42 million dollar deal that only included 15 million in guaranteed money.  The Giants have already paid him about 35 million with 7 million more due over the next 2 seasons they were more then willing to cover as well.  The CBA would have allowed the Giants to cut him after he got his 15 million but they didn't.  The CBA does NOT allow Osi to demand anything.  The Giants gave him permission to seek a trade on their terms.  Either get it done or get in camp and honor your contract.

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:50 am

Umenyiora suitors balk at Giants' demands

lol a 1st rd pick? should be getting a 3rd or 4th rounder

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:41 am

It's a bluff

No one's going to pay a #1 for a DE coming off of surgery, this is just a bluff to get him to come back to the table.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:21 am

Pay the money

Osi wants johnson type money and may sit out if he doesn't get it. 

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