JPP: Giants Should Give Osi Umenyiora ‘What He Wants’
NEW YORK (WFAN) — Now that the fanfare has ended, the Super Bowl champion Giants will have to start making some tough decisions.
Like what to do with defensive end Osi Umenyiora, for starters.
Umenyiora is a bargain with one year at $3.975 million remaining on his contract. New York could pay him, trade him or do neither with the hope that he doesn’t hold out of training camp.
“Personally, give him what he wants,” Jason Pierre-Paul said Wednesday during an appearance at Macy’s Herald Square, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. “Osi’s a great player and I’d love to play with him for the rest of my career until he’s ready to leave.”
Pierre-Paul echoed those comments to the New York Post.
“I think it’s very important,” he told the paper. “Give him what he wants, man.”
The 30-year-old Umenyiora tried to force a trade or a new deal during the preseason, after he claimed in an affidavit that Giants general manager Jerry Reese reneged on an earlier promise to restructure his contract.
JPP doesn’t want to see the same type of drama play out this offseason.
“Who’s going to stop us?” he told the Post. “We’ve got the best defensive line in the country, and everybody sees that. So bring him back.”
Umenyiora had 12.5 sacks this season, including the playoffs. He missed the first three games of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-August.
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