Osi Umenyiora pledges to be quiet this season
Osi Umenyiora has one year remaining on his contract for $3.975 million this season and the New York Giants defensive end has pledged to not make waves this year.
Umenyiora, who had a one-day holdout last year and was the focus of much attention, is still seeking a contract extension.
“I’m just going to be really quiet, that’s for sure,” Umenyiora said on SiriusXM NFL Radio’s The Opening Drive, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “I ain’t going to say nothing. I don’t need that.”
Umenyiora is 30 and with younger defensive linemen in place it remains to be seen if the Giants want to invest in the veteran in for the long haul. A great part of the team’s success on defense was due to the fact the Giants had a host of pass rushers.
“I could see things going either way,” Umenyiora said. “I could see where they would want to keep me. I could see where they would want to trade me. I am going into the last year of my deal, so they might want to get some value back.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to stay here and finish out my career, but it’s a business and they’re going to do what’s best for them, and I have to try to do what’s best for me.”
Umenyiora echoes the sentiment of Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, who said signing a nine-year contract extension for his second contract was a big mistake. More players are interested in shorter contracts to get back to the negotiating table. But the shorter the deal, the smaller the guarantees.
“You sign a (six)-year deal, your career is pretty much (over) before you’re able to actually get back to free agency,” Umenyiora said. “Things in the NFL change so fast. One time you’re being highly paid, and then the next year you’re one of the lowest paid players in the league.”
We’ll see what happens here. If the Giants choose not to extend Umenyiora, he might not stay quiet for too long.
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