Posted by Ryan Wilson
UPDATE: Via the New York Times' Mark Viera, Umenyiora responds to McCoy's tweet: “She can say whatever he wants about it." The "she" in question? McCoy, who Umenyiora also calls "Chihuahua" and "Lady GaGa." Apparently, these are popular names for McCoy among members of the Giants defense. Now it's a party.
Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora wants out of New York. And he has taken it a step beyond relaying his feelings through the media. In a sworn affidavit to be filed in federal court next month as part of the players' antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, Umenyiora states that Giants general manager Jerry Reese didn't keep promises to renegotiate his contract.
In April, Umenyiora testified:
In early April 2008, approximately two weeks before the start of the New York Giants offseason conditioning program, I ... had a meeting with the general manager of the New York Giants, Mr. Jerry Reese.ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the NFL Players Association feels that Umenyiora has "suffered irreparable harm," and it's a primary reason the NFLPA sought out Umenyiora as one of its plaintiffs in the Brady vs. NFL antitrust case.
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.
You'd expect the players to stick together on this issue because, ultimately, the decision will affect all of them. Well, you'd expect wrong. Upon hearing the news that Umenyiora accused the Giants of breaking promises, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy tweeted the following:
"Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team honestly."
As Philly.com points out, McCoy carried 24 times for 175 yards in two games against the Giants last season, averaging 7.29 yards per carry. But Umenyiora racked up 11.5 sacks last season, good for seventh-best in the league. Maybe that still makes him the third-best defensive lineman on the Giants, but he's still no slouch.
McCoy, we'd imagine, remains unimpressed.
For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.