Giants’ Osi Umenyiora Expected To Hold Out Of Training Camp
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NEW YORK (WFAN) — It’s no secret that Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora isn’t pleased with general manager Jerry Reese.
Umenyiora, unhappy with his contract, is expected to hold out of training camp when the team reports on Friday, reports WFAN’s Paul Dottino.
“Sources close to the situation have told me that they do not expect (Osi) here,” Dottino reported on Tuesday morning. “He seems to have decided that he has been — I don’t know if I want to say the word ‘cheated’ — but seems to feel that he was not given his just due.”
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In an affidavit filed by the NFLPA before the lockout ended, Umenyiora claimed 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.
“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,” he 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.”
Giants owner John Mara has heard enough.
“I told him … 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.”
Mara added that he spoke with Umenyiora last week “and told him we wanted him back.”
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