John Mara: Giants’ Osi Umenyiora, Jerry Reese Need ‘Man-To-Man’ Sit-Down
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NEW YORK (WFAN) – The NFL lockout is just about over. Now, Giants owner John Mara wants star defensive end Osi Umenyiora to iron out his differences with general manager Jerry Reese.
In an affidavit filed by the NFLPA in their Brady v. NFL antitrust lawsuit, Umenyiora claimed 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.
“I told him that when (the NFL lockout) is over, he’s got to sit down with Jerry man-to-man and work this thing out,” Mara said, according to Newsday. “He’s got to do that.”
“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.
“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.”
Mara told Newsday that he spoke with Umenyiora last week “and told him we wanted him back.”
Umenyiora has had a few memorable spats with the Giants. One notable moment came two seasons ago, when Osi 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.”
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