Osi Umenyiora let’s go of his “anger”with the New York Giants.
If he is to remain with the Giants long term, then now is about the time that he would feel positive about getting a contract extension.
But according to the New York Post, he made comments at a NFL event that displays that Osi does not expect to get a new deal from the team and he’s apparently ok with it.
“There’s no anger. The anger was more, maybe, 2009? . . . That’s when I was pretty frustrated. But, at this point, I’m resigned to whatever’s gonna happen.
I know what I see myself as. I know what I perceive my value to be, and if they don’t see it that way, I completely understand. As you get older, you start to see it for what it really is. It’s a business.”
The anger? Osi has shown that side of himself in his dealings with the team and perhaps that is why a trade has not happened sooner for him.
As it stands now, he’s got one more year left and then he’s free to do as he pleases.
By taking the “I’m-a-grown-man-now” approach, he can begin the process of endearing himself to another team that needs a pass rusher.
With the emergence of Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants can afford to look at Umenyiora as trade bait. They certainly are not letting go of their defensive captain Justin Tuck.
GM Jerry Reece does not make desperate moves either. Everything that he does is well thought out and calculated.
If they move him it will be at their price or very close to it.
Nobody is officially talking trade but if they choose not to extend him, I don’t see why they would let him walk without some sort of significant value in return.
They could, teams do it every year but in this case, logic states that the need isn’t great enough to let him ride out 2012 and deal with it later.
As long as Umenyiora continues to play nice, it should not be a hard sell. There are very few teams in the league that have a complete set of DEs that are better than him.
A team like Chicago or San Diego could plug him in and automatically they defensively receive an upgrade.
He has been bitten by the injury bug but in today’s game, who hasn’t? He played nine games with nine sacks. That is an easy one to average out.
He certainly feels like he’s worth more than being the third guy in line for snaps.
“Obviously [last year] I was coming off an injury, 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.’’
With the NFL being the passing league that it is, he will be of prime value somewhere