Michael Strahan Calls Osi Umenyiora’s Deal With Giants ‘Flat-Out Robbery’
NEW YORK (WFAN) – Osi Umenyiora didn’t get the long-term extension he wanted from the Giants, but at least the offseason drama is over and done with.
Umenyiora, slated for free agency after this upcoming season, restructured his deal with New York earlier this month and will earn about $6 million in 2012, a slight bump up from his previous contract.
“To be honest with you, it’s flat-out robbery,” Michael Strahan said of his former teammate’s deal at the first annual Big Daddy celebrity golf tournament in Huntington, according to the New York Post.
The pact put an end to a possible training camp holdout scenario, but Strahan insisted Monday it wouldn’t have been nearly enough for him.
“If it were me, I would have sat at home and I wouldn’t have played,” he said. “That’s just me. I’ve threatened to do that in my time and I ended up getting what I wanted. Osi’s a different mindset than me. I’m probably a little more, ‘I don’t care what people think.’ ”
Umenyiora claimed in an affidavit last year that Giants general manager Jerry Reese reneged on an earlier promise to re-do his contract.
He recorded 12.5 sacks last season — including the playoffs — after staging a short training camp holdout. The defensive end missed the first three games of the regular season due to arthroscopic knee surgery.
“He just didn’t take advantage of it at the times when he should have,’’ said Strahan. “I think Osi has a good heart. He expects for people to do as what he would do, you expect people to treat you the way you expect to be treated. Sometimes in the game of business it doesn’t work that way and you have to understand it as a player sooner rather than later.’’
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