Paul Dottino of WFAN is reporting that the New York Giants and Osi Umenyiora appear to be at a contract impasse and that the defensive end believes he will “never play another down” with Big Blue.
Umenyiora is demanding to be paid like a top-5 NFL defensive end, and the Giants refuse to budge on his demands. On the other side of the coin, Osi has “dug in” and is prepared to ride this entire thing out until the bitter end.
The team is absolutely insisting on receiving at least a first-round pick in exchange for Umenyiora, but as of now, there appear to be no takers. As a result, Osi will continue to show up at Giants training camp to avoid being fined for a holdout, but will not participate or play in any upcoming preseason games.
The market for a 30-year-old DE with chronic hip problems is expectedly thin, especially at the first-round asking price, so this mess could essentially get even more ugly than currently it is. Dottino described its potential as an “active retirement’ where Osi shows up, rides a bike and does absolutely nothing else. But is it possible for this to last throughout the duration of Osi’s contract? He’s signed with the team through the 2012 season.
Even if the Giants wanted to pay Osi like a top-5 defensive end, they are in no financial shape to live up to such a contract.
It’s worth noting that Osi also said he’d never speak to General Manager Jerry Reese “ever again,” but promptly had a sit down meeting less than 24 hours after that proclamation.
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