By Josh Katzowitz
Osi Umenyiora almost had a nasty breakup with the Giants before the beginning of 2011. With two years left on his contract that would pay him $3.125 million for 2011 and $3.975 million for 2012, Umenyiora wanted an extension and a raise, but the Giants declined to do so.
Then, they said he could seek a trade before the organization changed its mind, and eventually, Umenyiora underwent arthroscopic surgery that kept him out of the season’s first three games.
Luckily for both sides, Umenyiora played well once he returned, and the Giants won the Super Bowl.
And Umenyiora isn’t looking for a fight this offseason, telling Sirius XM NFL Radio (via the NY Daily News) that he plans to be “really quiet.”
He still wants a long-term deal, but he’s not going to push for it publicly any more.
“I ain’t going to say nothing,” Umenyiora said. “I don’t need that.”
No, because it got pretty nasty last offseason, especially when he claimed that Giants general manager Jerry Reese reneged on a promise to pay him. Umenyiora also expressed regret signing a six-year deal as a rookie, because “things in the NFL change so fast.”
For now, though, Umenyiora will sit and wait to see if the Giants make a move toward trying to pay him more money.
“I could see things going either way,” he 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.”
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