John Mara: I Think Osi Umenyiora ‘Will Be A Giant’ In 2011
NEW YORK (WFAN) — By now, we all know Giants star Osi Umenyiora wants a re-tooled contract.
Despite the unhappiness of his defensive end, team co-owner John Mara thinks everything will end up hunky-dory.
“I think it will be resolved and he’ll be a Giant this year,” Mara told the Newark Star-Ledger.
According to one report, the Giants have offered a contract incentive to Umenyiora that would kick in if he records 13.5 sacks this season.
Osi, who has 60 career sacks, only met the 13.5 mark once, when he dropped opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times in 2005. He came close with 13 in 2007 and 11.5 last season.
“It’s something we can work out,” Mara told the paper. “We’re already talking to his agent to do something incentive wise with his contract to make him happy.”
Umenyiora’s camp, seeking a long-term extension or trade, may be willing to settle if the Giants shorten the length of his deal so he could become a free agent before the 2012 season. The defensive end is due to make $7.1 million in base salary over the remaining two years of his contract.
“We want him on this team,” Mara told the Star-Ledger. “He belongs here. He’s had a great career here. He adds a lot to this team.”
Umenyiora says he isn’t participating in training camp because of a lingering knee issue that reportedly may need surgery. He has been seen instead riding the stationary bike in his familiar blue Giants jersey.
“I always say, the reason we were able to win Super Bowl XLII was that they couldn’t block our front,” said Mara. “That, to me, is the heart of our team. We’re hoping we can work it out soon.”
Umenyiora’s agent, Tony Agnone, texted the Newark newspaper: “We appreciate John saying that (he wants Osi) and hope that will be the case.”
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