Osi Umenyiora: Giants, Jerry Reese Lied About Deal-Or-Trade Pact

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Is Giants general manager Jerry Reese a man of his word?

According to Osi Umenyiora, the answer is simple: no.

In an affidavit to be filed on July 18 by the NFLPA in their ongoing labor battle with league owners, Umenyiora claims that Reese never followed through on a two-year-old promise to re-tool his contract — or trade him to a franchise willing to do so, reports the New York Daily News.

“After about an hour of discussing my current contract, as well as the contracts of other defensive ends currently playing in the National Football League, Mr. Reese told me that two years from the start of the 2008 league year, if I was currently playing at a high level, we’d either renegotiate my current contract so that it would be equal to that of the top five defensive ends playing or I would be traded to a team that would do that,” Umenyiora said in the affidavit, according to the paper.

“Before leaving the meeting, I asked Mr. Reese twice if he was absolutely sure that would be the case,” Umenyiora added. “He then told me that he was an honest and church-going man and that he would not lie, which I believed to be the case.”

Umenyiora has had a few memorable spats with the Giants, most notably two seasons ago when he wondered whether he had played his final game with the team.

“It’s an unbelievable situation, man,” he said in December 2009. “Last game at Giants Stadium, probably as a Giant, just the way everything has unfolded has been unbelievable.”

Umenyiora is one of the plaintiffs in Brady vs. NFL, a federal suit seeking an injunction to the ongoing lockout.

What do you think of Osi’s claims? Sound off in the comments below…

  • Ben

    I believe that a contract is a contract. When you agree to terms for money and time you bgound to honor honor those terrms. At the end of your contract you then have the right to go where you want.

  • mobb

    This is ridiculous.u promise the him,pay the man.he had 11 sacks last yr,how many other D-linemen in the entire league had that much sack,pay the man already.

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  • ff

    please–osi has been trying to get out of here for the last 2 seasons. the gm said if u played like a top player–guess what he hasnt perforemed like a top player. 2 seasons ago he missed the year and last year he was good but not great. and in the offseason he gets another surgery. sorry osi u still are under contract for 2 years so have fun with that


    this is bad the g.m. lieing to the players that made him look successful. job well done jerry, on a super bowl won by a team ernie acorsi. dont start rubbing our players the wrong way espaecially our star players. the mara’s are people of thier word, they should monitor this. a loss of osi would be a huge hit to the defense.

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