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Osi Umenyiora Wants Out Of New York

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Kind of lost in our previous discussion of LeSean McCoy calling Osi Umenyiora "soft," was that the comment was in response to a story about Umenyoria suing the Giants in an attempt to get out of New York. In a sworn affidavit Umenyiora alleges that the Giants broke their promise to renegotiate his contract.

"In early April 2008, approximately two weeks before the start of the New York Giants offseason conditioning program, I, Osi Umenyiora, had a meeting with the general manager of the New York Giants, Mr. Jerry Reese. After about an hour of discussing my current contract, as well as the contracts of other defensive ends currently playing in the National Football League, Mr. Reese told me that two years from the start of the 2008 league year, if I was currently playing at a high level, we'd either renegotiate my current contract so that it would be equal to that of the top five defensive ends playing or I would be traded to a team that would do that. Before leaving the meeting, I asked Mr. Reese twice if he was absolutely sure that would be the case. He then told me that he was an honest and church-going man and that he would not lie, which I believed to be the case. Under the penalty of perjury these statements are true and accurate."

The filing is part of the Union's anti-trust case against the owners. Umenyiora has actually packed up his belongings and moved out of his New Jersey home to Atlanta. He doesn't appear to have any intention of playing for the Giants next year.

This obviously puts the Giants in a tough spot. They could just give him a new deal, but if they've not done that for these past few years that he's been unhappy, why would they cave now that this has happened. They could also trade him, but again, that would basically be seen as caving into his demands. Still, at some point, that might be worth it to just get rid of the headache he's become.