ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Giants did the smart thing and made Osi Umenyiora happy. Now, the question: With one year left on his contract, was it enough to make the star defensive end want to stay with New York after this season?
Umenyiora on Saturday said it was. But he also acknowledged that it probably won't be his call.
"Do I want to stay here?" he said. "No question. I want to stay. Now, it's going to be up to them to decide what's going to happen here. I'll see what happens one year, and after that there's really no telling. But I definitely want to stay."
It was only a year ago that an unhappy Umenyiora sought a trade that never materialized. At that time, people close to him suggested he'd never play another down for the Giants. But he did, and he not only was successful, producing 5.5 sacks the last five games -- all of which New York won -- but he gained what he was after: A Super Bowl ring, followed by a one-year bump in pay that should net him roughly $6.5 million this season.
The Giants' move is a measure of how much they value Umenyiora, and he said the feeling is mutual. But he understands the realities of trying to keep someone with his age (he turns 31 this season), especially with Umenyiora serving as a backup to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
"It's going to be difficult, I can say that, because of all the things they have to take care of besides me," he said. "I'm going to be going into my 11th year, and I really won't be a priority at that point. But I want to stay."