Report: Osi Umenyiora could hold out
As one of the plaintiffs in the Tom Brady vs. the NFL case, Osi Umenyiora isn’t going to present a roadblock to a labor agreement for the NFL.
That doesn’t mean the New York Giants defensive end doesn’t want to be paid.
According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Umenyiora will not “block any settlement” of the lawsuit. There have been reports that Logan Mankins and others are seeking a settlement as part of their involvement in the lawsuit. Some of those players seem to have backtracked since.
But what Vacchiano says cannot be ruled out is a holdout by Umenyiora, who says that general manager Jerry Reese promised him that his contract would be reworked. Here’s the deal, Umenyiora isn’t the first player who believes he was promised a new contract and didn’t get it. In light of how this offseason has gone, Umenyiora might find himself buried in the court of public opinion if he does hold out. The report indicates the team might not have the salary cap room to meet his wishes, either.
Maybe LeSean McCoy will weigh in on the situation before too long.
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