Osi Umenyiora says Giants making him look like a ‘greedy pig’ during negotiations

The situation between Osi Umenyiora and the Giants seems to get uglier by the day. With the depth the Giants have along their Super Bowl-winning front seven, they aren’t in a position where they have to overpay for a player like Umenyiora. In fact, they don’t necessarily have to even pay full value for someone like him. That has created a lot of tension between Osi and the front office, and he believes the team is making him look bad during negotiations.

“Last year I was offered incentives,” Umenyiora wrote in an email to the NY Daily News. “This year they offered me in guaranteed money, HALF of what they just gave Kiwi guaranteed. HALF. I’m not making that up. Then Jerry tells the world they offered me an extension and I turned it down. And I look like a greedy pig for turning it down. Hilarious.”

Kiwanuka recently signed a three-year, $21.75 million extension that included $10.95 million guaranteed. If the Giants offered Osi half, that is certainly a lowball offer for a player that has more sacks than anyone else on the team over the last three seasons. The 30-year-old Umenyiora recently said he is seeking a contract similar to the one Trent Cole signed with the Eagles — four years, $48 million with $15 million guaranteed — so obviously anything less than what Kiwanaku got isn’t going to cut it.

The more we hear, the more it sounds like this is a marriage that is bound to end after this season or sooner. Umenyiora could easily get a lucrative contract from some other team in the NFL, but the Giants can only invest so much in their defensive line with Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, and Kiwanuka there for the long haul. Umenyiora doesn’t want to be paid as a backup, and he doesn’t deserve to be. But he is a backup for the Giants, so it makes sense that they would try to pay him accordingly.


Osi Umenyiora is unhappy with backing up Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck

In terms of seeking a new contract from the Giants, Osi Umenyiora isn’t exactly negotiating from a point of leverage. Whatever the Giants did last season seems to have worked. Unfortunately for Osi, they did it with him playing backup to Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck. When your team wins a Super Bowl, it’s tough to convince the coach that he needs to change his personnel approach. Umenyiora wishes that wasn’t the case.

“I don’t like being a backup, I can tell you that,” he said according to the NY Daily News. “It worked for us last year, but I was coming of an injury or whatever. But I see myself as a starter in the NFL. I see myself as a Pro Bowl type player. That’s the way I see myself. I don’t like being on the bench. I’m not OK with that.”

Umenyiora has more sacks than any Giants player over the last three seasons, but Tom Coughlin found a rotation that worked last year and stuck with it. Since the results were exactly what the team hoped for, it’s safe to assume they’ll start camp this season using that same rotation.

Osi is at a point in his career where he has to decide what is more important to him: competing for a third Super Bowl with the same team or being a starter. As far as a contract extension is concerned, the Giants would love to keep him. He would provide tremendous depth behind Tuck and Pierre-Paul, but you can only pay so much for depth. At the end of the day, it’s up to Umenyiora.

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Osi Umenyiora: LeSean McCoy Crossed the Line with Criticism

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is still upset with LeSean McCoy over comments the Eagles running back made about him during the summer. While Osi was trying to get a new contract from the Giants, McCoy said Osi was overrated, soft, and probably the third-best lineman on his team. Umenyiora says the criticism, at a time when he was trying to get a new deal, crossed the line.

“He ran his mouth, he crossed the line that shouldn’t have been crossed,” Umenyiora said Friday. “If he was going to say something, this should’ve been the week he should’ve said some things like that. I’m not really concerned about that. I’ll see him on the football field, and we’ll go from there.

“What he did was unforgivable. You understand what I mean?” Umenyiora said. “Whenever you see a man in a contract dispute, a fellow football player, you don’t take that opportunity to take your shots at him. You wait until you’re about to play him, then you take your shots.”

The Giants and Eagles meet Sunday night for the second time this season so they’ll be able to square things on the field. As far as Osi’s logic goes, I understand his point. McCoy is trying to get a new contract from the Eagles and has fired and rehired his agent several times. Would he appreciate it if other players criticized him and expressed doubt in his abilities, suggesting the Eagles don’t give him a big contract? Of course not.

It’s one thing for the fans, media, and team to evaluate if a player deserves a new contract, but players should not interfere with their peers’ negotiations (unless the player has become a bad teammate as a result).

LeSean McCoy: Osi Umenyiora is Soft, Third Best Lineman on Giants

Talking trash on Twitter is a lot easier than doing it in person.  Talking trash on Twitter to a person who you probably won’t have to face twice next season is even easier.  Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy, who has quickly emerged as one of the best fantasy running backs in football, has seen his fair share of Osi Umenyiora since coming into the league a couple seasons ago.  Apparently, the Pittsburgh product is not impressed.

When he caught wind that Umenyiora was complaining about the Giants failing to cash in on a promise that they would renegotiate his contract, McCoy took to Twitter to call out the man who has recorded 60 sacks in his seven-year career.

“Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team honestly,” McCoy wrote as CSNPhilly.com pointed out.

The Gaints have a good defensive system and breed good defensive lineman, but Umenyiora recorded 11.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles last season.  Those are game-changing numbers from a guy who was a huge reason the Giants were able to pull of the greatest upset in NFL history back in 2007.  Do the Giants need Osi to be successful?  That remains to be seen, but they would probably survive without him.  However, you could certainly make an argument that he is the best lineman on the roster.  Whatever problem McCoy has with him must have roots that are deeper than we’re aware of.