Giants Give Osi Umenyiora Permission To Seek Trade
It looks like Osi Umenyiora doesn’t want to be a member of the New York Giants any longer and it looks like Big Blue could be honoring his request.
According to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, the Giants have given Osi Umenyiora’s agent permission to work out a trade for the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end.
Umenyiora is still unhappy with his contract status even after a meeting with team officials over the weekend. The Giants want a first-round pick in exchange for their All-Pro defensive end.
Umenyiora’s agent, Tony Agnone, has already begun contacting teams on Monday. Osi is expected to remain in training camp pending a trade or a contract resolution with the Giants.
Umenyiora met with Giants general manager Jerry Reese on Sunday, and coach Tom Coughlin had said that he thought progress was made.
In a sworn affidavit as part of the recent Brady vs. NFL players lawsuit during the lockout, Umenyiora said Reese told him in 2008 that if the defensive end were still playing at a high level in two years, he’d reward him with a new contract or trade him to a team that would pay him like a top-five defensive end.
Umenyiora still hasn’t gotten a new deal. He still has two years and just over $7 million remaining on his deal. And given the types of deals made in the last few days, that number is far below market value.
Umenyiora was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2005 and 2007. He tied with Justin Tuck for the team lead in sacks last season with 11½.