All is currently quiet on the Osi Umenyiora front, but as the NFL Draft approaches, that is subject to change. Paul Dottino of WFAN tweeted on Thursday night that the he believes Osi and the New York Giants will soon begin discussing a new deal to keep the defensive end in blue.
"think will see redo (trade less likely) for osi in few wks," Dottino tweeted in response to a question about Osi's status.
As recently as late February, Umenyiora had been vocal about his desire to remain with the Giants – a far cry from his feelings following the NFL Lockout when he demanded a trade or significant pay increase.
“You know what’s so funny?” Umenyiora said. “If it came down to me taking less to stay here, I would.”
Due to earn a base salary of $3.975 million in 2012, Osi undoubtedly would still prefer a raise. And after watching Mario Williams haul in $100 million for six-years ($50 million guaranteed), there's got be some Benjamin's dancing in his head. Still, winning cures all and that's exactly what happened in 2011. Whether or not the good feelings continue to carry over … well, that remains to be seen.
In nine games last season, Umenyiora made 25 tackles, collected nine sacks and forced two fumbles. He added nine tackles, 3.5 sacks and forced an additional fumble in the playoffs.
He is in the final year of his current contract.
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