Giants Defensive End Osi Umenyiora Ends Stalemate

The two-time Pro Bowler to return to practice Monday despite not receiving the new contract he had hoped for.

Posted: 08/15/2011 01:17 PM EDT
Filed Under NFL

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora still isn’t happy with his contract, but he will return to practice Monday.

 

Umenyiora left practice shortly after reporting for training camp a day late on July 30 under his old contract. The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end and nine-year veteran had hoped to receive a new contract, but he was reportedly offered an incentive-based deal, which was rejected.

 

“No deal has been reworked,” Umenyiora told the Associated Press. “What has been offered has been unacceptable and shows they don’t really respect the fact that I sacrifice my health for the franchise. I will play under my current deal because I love and respect my coaches, my teammates, the fans and myself. Not for those incentives.”

 

This has been an ongoing saga since the start of training camp. The Giants told Umenyiora not to practice once he arrived at camp and then gave his agent permission to seek a trade as long as the team received a first round draft pick in exchange. However, first-round draft picks are hard to come by, even for a defensive end who produced 11.5 sacks and a league-high 10 forced fumbles last season.

 

Contact Terrance Harris at terrancefharris@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @Terranceharris

 

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