The 2012 NFL Draft has come and gone, and defensive end Osi Umenyiora remains a member of the New York Giants. And if General Manager Jerry Reese has anything to say about it, he'll retire as a member of the Giants.
“Our first choice with respect to Osi is that he will play for the Giants and retire as a Giant,” Reese said on Saturday. “That is what we would like to happen. Osi has been offered an extension two years in a row now. So we would still like to make it work. Hopefully it will work out. But all of our options are always open.”
Last Wednesday, Umenyiora said the two sides have had preliminary discussions about a new contract, but that nothing was imminent. He also noted that his contract, which was reportedly worth $41 million over seven years, was actually worth closer to $30 million. Had it been worth the "misreported" $41 million, he and the Giants "wouldn't be in this situation."
Whatever the case may be, the Giants seem content in letting the situation play itself out. They never engaged in any serious trade talks regarding Osi, and are moving forward as if he'll be their defensive end this season. If Umenyiora decides to leave once his contract expires -which he says he likely would- then they'll simply collect a compensatory pick and move on.
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