New York Giants Hold Fifth OTA Practice: The Giants held their fifth Organized Team Activity (OTA) workout yesterday at the Timex Performance Center. There was no press access at yesterday’s workout. The Giants have four OTA workouts left before their full-team mini-camp on June 12-14.
New York Giants Give Osi Umenyiora a Raise: The Giants and DE Osi Umenyiora agreed to a re-structured contract yesterday. Terms were not officially released. Based on press reports, the new deal is not an extension, but a raise in the final year of his current contract with the intent of making Umenyiora a happy camper. Umenyiora has skipped all five of the team’s Organized Team Activity (OTA) workouts held thus far. There are four more OTAs remaining plus a full-team mini-camp (June 12-14) and summer training camp (July 26-August 14).
Umenyiora was scheduled to make $3.975 million in salary in 2011. The New York Post is reporting that Umenyiora will now earn around $7 million (salary and bonuses). The new deal was reached after Umenyiora fired his agent.
“I appreciate Osi’s patience and effort through this process,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “We talked it out, and it makes sense for everybody involved. We are very pleased, excited and looking forward to seeing number 72 on the field at Monday’s OTA.”
“I’m just happy, I’m happy all that’s over with,” Umenyiora said. “It’s time to get back to work. It was definitely frustrating (not being on the field this spring), but hearing some of the things they said, whether it was (Mathias Kiwanuka) or (Justin) Tuck or (Jason Pierre-Paul) or Antrel (Rolle) – hearing the way they supported me, it made me want to come back even more and be around them. Those guys really stepped up for me. I really appreciate it and I’m happy to be here with them.”
“This gives me peace of mind, definitely,” Umenyiora said. “We just resolved a situation. It really was affecting me in a bad way. Because I didn’t like all the negativity that was surrounding the whole situation. I couldn’t stand it, because if you know me, you know I’m not that type of person. I’m just happy all that is over with and I’ll be there. I’ll play out this contract, I’ll play this year and I’ll play my heart out.”
“I’ll be there (at the OTA on Monday),” said Umenyiora. “I can’t wait. I’m all in. Like Antrel says, I’m all in.”
Umenyiora will still hit the the market as an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
Andre Brown Wins Appeal and Will Not Be Suspended: HB Andre Brown won his appeal with the NFL on his 4-game suspension for supposedly using a performance-enhancing substance. Brown will not be suspended. According to Brown, the NFL originally penalized him for using Adderall, which is often prescribed for an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Giants.com Q&A With Defensive Line Coach Robert Nunn: The video of a Giants.com Q&A with Defensive Line Coach Robert Nunn is available at Giants.com.
Article on the Giants’ Offensive Line: Offensive Line Mixing Youth With Experience by Michael Eisen of Giants.com