Jerry Reese Addresses Osi Umenyiora Situation Again: General Manager Jerry Reese addressed disgruntled DE Osi Umenyiora’s contract situation again yesterday.
Umenyiora is entering the final year of a 7-year, $41.5 million contract extension he signed in 2005. He is currently scheduled to make almost $4 million in salary in 2012 but he wants a new, lucrative, long-term deal.
After the draft on Saturday, Reese told the press that the Giants offered Umenyiora two contract extensions within the past two years. Umenyiora countered on Sunday by saying that Reese’s claim was misleading because the Giants have low-balled him on those extension offers.
The Daily News is reporting that Umenyiora may holdout and demand a trade from the Giants.
“I don’t carry grudges,” said Reese yesterday on ESPN Radio. “In the offseason, there is always some controversy about contracts. It is not just one person, it can be several different people with contract situations. That is part of my job, it is never personal, I don’t think it is personal with respect to players and it definitely is not personal with respect to me.”
“I’m not going to discuss Osi’s contract situation with you guys,” Reese said. “But I can say this to you though – the New York Giants are a better football team with Osi Umenyiora on our team. We respect him as a football player. Our goal is to have Osi play football with the New York Giants and retire as a Giant. That is what we would like to do first.”
“All of our options are open as I have said before but Osi makes us a better football team, I do know that,” said Reese. “We will get through this and we will see what happens moving forward. It is not a big problem for me to have guys say some things. I think sometimes some people say things that they obviously really don’t mean. Everybody is trying to make as much money as they can for themselves and their families and everybody understands that and it is not personal.”
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