Osi Umenyiora to Hold Out?: According to The Daily News‘ Giants’ Blog, “a lot of people who know” Umenyiora “are absolutely convinced” that Umenyiora is going to hold out from training camp this summer if the Giants do not agree to re-structure his current contract. One unidentified source said, “I guarantee you he’s not coming to camp.”
Umenyiora’s current contract – a 6-year, $41 million deal that included $15 million in guaranteed money – was extended in 2006.
Strahan’s Agent and the Giants to Talk Contract?: The Daily News‘ Giants’ Blog is reporting that the agent for DE Michael Strahan plans to have a conversation with the Giants about his client’s current contract when Strahan returns from his African vacation sometime within the next two weeks. Strahan is due $4 million in salary in 2008, the final year of his current contract.
Supposedly, Strahan has still not made a decision on whether he intends to retire or not. The Giants likely would like to have this situation resolved before the NFL Draft at the end of April.
Giants’ Strength Training and Conditioning Program Begins Today: The Giants’ “voluntary” strength training and conditioning program begins today at the Meadowlands. The program runs through to the middle of June and culminates with a full-squad mandatory mini-camp that same month.
QB Eli Manning will miss the first day due to another commitment. DE Michael Strahan will also not be in attendance as he is on vacation in Africa. The Star-Ledger reports that DE Osi Umenyiora is also currently on vacation (his agent told the paper that his absence has nothing to do with his contract situation). WR Plaxico Burress and TE Jeremy Shockey are rehabbing from injuries suffered during the season.