New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora will soon be a free agent, though he has stated his preference is to remain with the Giants. However, his agent will be calling around the league gauging other teams' interest, and one of those calls will likely be to the New York Jets. Umenyiora recently told the New York Post he would not rule out playing for his cross-town rival.
Osi was asked how he would feel playing for Rex Ryan.
"Rex Ryan, when I was coming out of college he was with Baltimore at the time and he came down to work me out at Troy, he came to Atlanta, just me and him,” Umenyiora told the Post. “We had a pretty good time out there so I’ve always enjoyed him as a coach and as a person. That might be a good fit. Hopefully it will be with the Giants.’’
Though Umenyiora may want to remain a Giant, the team's cap situation would make it difficult to pay him the type of money he's asking. The Giants are projected to be about $4.7 million over the cap, and still have several key free agents to pay, including Will Beatty and Victor Cruz.
Osi also wants to be a starter again, which won't happen with the Giants.
“Honestly man, I think not only do I want to get something financially, but I want a chance to prove I am who I say I am,” he added. “Wherever I get the best opportunity to do that is I think where I’m going to go. I feel like I’m a Pro Bowl player and I feel like I’m a starter in this league. Obviously that might be difficult to do in New York. But the door’s still open there. It’s something I would really relish that opportunity to finish my career there.”
Though it appears the odds of Umenyiora sticking with the Giants are slim, he still feels it's quite possible.
“There’s a chance, absolutely,” Umenyiora told reporters in New Orleans of sticking with the Giants. “Of course (there) is. Hopefully that’ll happen. I prefer to finish out my career there. But there’s a lot of things in play here. It’s not going to be totally my decision. They’re going to have some decisions to make also. It’s going to be a collective effort. My agent’s going to have his say. Hopefully things will work out there. I prefer to stay there.”
Time will tell.
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