Osi Umenyiora still expects Giants to pay him

If Osi Umenyiora has backtracked from some of the information and assertions that came out earlier this week when word of his court affidavit came to light, he’s done so only slightly.

The New York Giants defensive end says general manager Jerry Reese isn’t a liar. No yet anyway.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News tracked Umenyiora down and the pass rusher made it clear he expects the Giants to make good on a three-year promise to show him the money before the 2011 season begins. If they trade him, that’s fine too.

“I believe this is a man of his word and that is a first-class organization,” Umenyiora told Vacchiano. “I truly believe that. So as soon as this lockout is over, I truly feel like something's going to be done or they're going to trade me."

As part of his sworn testimony in Brady v. NFL, Umenyiora detailed how Reese had made promises to him three years ago that he would rework the $41 million, six-year extension Umenyiora signed in 2005 if he remained among the best at his position in the league. That right there could be where the discussion lies.

Umenyiora also responded to Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who made a Twitter assault after the affidavit story came to light. McCoy said Umenyiora was “overrated n soft.” How did Umenyiora take it? He called him a “woman” and dubbed him “Lady Gaga.”

“Oh man, that little girl?" Umenyiora said. "Why would he do that? Me and him had no personal beef on the football field, and he's taking it off the football field."

Yes, it would be interesting if Umenyiora remains with the Giants so he can play McCoy twice.

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