Giants adamant Umenyiora is staying put
The New York Giants used the 15th pick in the draft on South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul but that doesn’t mean they are ready to unload Osi Umenyiora.
The club was adamant Thursday night that the addition of the freakishly athletic Pierre-Paul does not signal the end for Umenyiora, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
“We’re not trading Osi, so you don’t even have to ask that question,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “I know that’s on everybody’s mind. We’re not trading Osi. We’re satisfied having the defensive ends that we have.”
New defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has a collection of ends now, including Mathias Kiwanuka, but it makes sense to keep Umenyiora. For starters, his contract is reasonable for the next three seasons. Pierre-Paul is certainly raw in the sense that he had limited experience in college. The Giants don’t view him as a project, but unloading Umenyiora could create a depth issue. Finally, the Giants might be hard pressed to find fair value in return for Umenyiora now that they have a plethora of ends.
Of course, the addition of Pierre-Paul might just be another thing for Umenyiora to be unhappy about. He could add it to his list of beefs.
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