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Osi Umenyiora Vents: “I’m Not a Bad Guy”

Giants DE Osi Umenyiora is tired of the “hypocrisy” and of the perception that he’s “a bad guy” just because he wants a new contract. All he wants, he says, is to be treated “fair”. Umenyiora’s way of venting? Send a letter to The Associated Press.
Umenyiora believes there’s a “chance” he will remain with the Giants this season, but is very “frustrated” that this whole ordeal has been made out publicly.

“I hope there is a chance (of working out something with the Giants),” he said in the e-mail to The AP. “But who knows? What really annoys me is the hypocrisy of people clamoring for my head for asking for a new deal or to be traded, saying I have two years left on my deal. These contracts only mean something to us? Where is (recently released center Shaun) O’hara? Where is (recently released guard) Rich Seubert? True inspirational football players. They were cut after being injured. They have years left on their deal. Why is (running back Brandon) Jacobs asked to take a pay cut? He has years left on his deal.

“The fact is in the business we are in, if you get injured, or they feel like you under-performed, they cut you without hesitation. But if you clearly out-play your contract and ask for something to be done, you’re a bad guy and not a team player. It’s ridiculous. How does a guy who had one good year (no disrespect to Charles Johnson) sign a deal and make more than both me and (Giants defensive end Justin) Tuck combined? (Johnson just signed a six-year, $72 million deal with Carolina) It’s not right. “Everyone in this business understands that is exactly what it is. Business. And just like none of us get upset when our teammates are released due to business decisions, the teams also don’t get upset when something like this happens. It’s just frustrating to see how people react to one thing, and not the other. Just be fair.” It seems, from what I make out of this, that when things are bad you can be cut. But when things are good, and you want a new deal, your a bad guy asking for one. I see where he’s coming from. And the fact of the matter is, he is underpaid. There isn’t anyone doubting that. You don’t hear people saying he is. Cause, well, he isn’t. Umenyiora has a point. But, the Giants have a point, too. Umenyiora is under contract for 2-years and $7.1 million dollars total.

Umenyiora wants a new deal. If he doesn’t get it with the Giants, like he thinks he was promised he wants it elsewhere. It’s highly unlikely a team will cough up first-round pick for a 29 year old defensive end with hip problems, and give him a new contract, too. And to make matters even more difficult, the Giants don’t have cap space to even think about giving Umenyiora a new deal. Stay tuned, cause this ship hasn’t even begun to sail yet.

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10 Responses to “Osi Umenyiora Vents: “I’m Not a Bad Guy””

  1. Ian G. says:

    The truth is that we need Osi. I don’t need to go into why we do.

  2. Russo757 says:

    Valid points.

  3. CMH says:

    Shut up and play football.

    Don’t sign a long term deal if you think you are going to “outperform” it.

  4. Niftykettles says:

    Just pay the man, we won’t get value for him from trading and he put up top 5 DE numbers last year. I’m not sure what the cap situation is but it doesn’t seem we’ve made any big transactions where as the eagles are spending all over the place.

  5. Shane says:

    Osi has yet to put together back to back TOP 5 years in his 9 year career and needs to look in the mirror before whining about the exact amount of money he deserves.He and Ray Edwards have similiar stats over the last 2 years and Osi’s contract from 4 years ago still pays more. Should we mention the 2 plus years Osi was paid…to be injured, when he should get workman’s comp like the rest of us.

  6. sam says:

    I think they can throw him a few bones but don’t say you were lied to when you got hurt in 2008 and you sucked d*ck in 2009.Don’t compare us to irresponsible teams that throw around money to players that don’t deserve it, its not The Giants fault that C.Johnson got 72 million, look at how the Eagles got Nnamdi for cheaper. look how the giants got AB for a quarter of D.Will’s price. Now look at what the Raiders paid Tommie Kelly, Its just dumb to compare. Osi deserves more money based on what he did last year,not what he did in the time range that Reese said he would restructure him in.That’s what pissed me off in the first place, you call a person a liar when you didn’t deserve anything in 2008 and 2009

  7. patrick says:

    If you signed a 4 year deal and ended up being a backup, would you have volunteered for a pay cut? You are the man, but are we supposed to lose half our team over it. If you don’t want to play here, we will miss you. But I know a thousand people who would sacrifice their health for the giants for a few thousand or less. When you guys argue over how many millions you are going to get, its hard for us to relate to you.
    Truly a fan, def wish you luck no matter what you decide

  8. Jason C. says:

    I normally agree with players holding out (ie DeSean or Chris Johnson), but IMO Osi makes a fair wage. As Shane said, he gets paid more than Ray Edwards, who sure he is better than, but who’s free agent year had just passed when Osi got paid 4 years ago, one of which he play ZERO downs for us. So for him to say they cut you when you get hurt, that’s a lot more hypocritical than his contract.

  9. West Coast Giant says:

    With the Eagles and Jets already crowned Champions of their respective divisions I say save the money and let them play the best of 17 series for the NFL Championship.

  10. Jason C. says:

    I don’t at all like that the Giants have lowered their asking price to a second round pick. I think they should’ve stood strong on a first and if nobody bit, even if unhappy, made Osi earn his pay. Now it looks like someone will give in, Osi is definitely worth giving up a second for, especially for the Patriots.

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