More on Jeremy Shockey: According to today’s Star-Ledger, “multiple, unspecified teams” have made trade offers for disgruntled TE Jeremy Shockey, but the trade proposals “haven’t been good enough for the Giants to even consider trading Shockey.” One source told the paper that the Giants are seeking a first-round pick in return for the tight end. Another unidentified team source told the paper that the Giants are not convinced Shockey will hold out if a trade or a new role on offense is not presented, even though Shockey apparently threatened to do so.
Newsday is reporting that most inquiries for Shockey “have been cursory and short-lived” according to one source. The paper says the Saints have only offered their second-round pick in the upcoming draft for the tight end.
Osi Umenyiora Says He Will Not Hold Out: DE Osi Umenyiora says he is not thrilled with his current contract, but he also says he will not hold out in an effort to obtain a new one.
“Right now it’s not the time for me to try to do anything crazy like that,” said Umenyiora. “I’m not going to say I wasn’t thinking about it. I mean, come on, you see what’s going on out there (with escalating salaries), but I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. I’m happy to be here. I want to be here. I don’t want to seem disrespectful. I don’t want to do anything crazy. I’m cool…Of course I’d like to get paid more, no question. But I’m OK.”
Umenyiora signed a 6-year, $41 million contract extension in December 2005 that currently keeps him under contract through the 2012 season. He says he has not approached the Giants about renegotiating his contract nor does he intend to do so in the near future. “The Giants are a first-class organization,” said Umenyiora. “When it’s time to do the right thing, they will do the right thing. Right now, I’m just going to go out and try to earn what they’ve paid me already.”
Quotes: DE Osi Umenyiora on DE Michael Strahan: “I talked to him after the season and I thought he was going to retire. I talked to him a month ago and I thought he was coming back. And then I talked to him maybe a week ago and I thought he was going to retire. It just changes day to day with Michael.”