New York Giants: Is a Contract Extension in the Future for Osi Umenyiora?

Doug RushSenior Analyst IApril 20, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08:  (L-R) Osi Umenyiora #72 and Dave Tollefson #71 of the New York Giants celebrate after Umenyiora sacked Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons on the final play of the game during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants won 24-2.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Stop me if you have heard this one before.

Osi Umenyiora wants a new contract.

The Giants play hardball with Umenyiora in negotiating.

Umenyiora holds out in frustration from his current deal in hopes of getting a new one.

Sounds familiar, right? Well, guess what, here we go again with the drama.

Umenyiora was a no-show for the start of the New York Giants' offseason program, which is a voluntary program.

Giant fans all over have speculated on whether the team should give the long-time defensive end an extension or try to trade him out of town.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, there might be a chance that the Giants try to lock up Umenyiora.


Jerry Reese said "there's been a little bit of talk" about a contract extension for Osi Umenyiora. "It's on our plate," he added. #NYG

— Ralph Vacchiano (@TheBlueScreen) April 19, 2012




This could be a good sign that the Giants may want to keep their 31-year old defensive end around for a while, especially if he's healthy.

While publicly stating that he doesn't want to be a backup, he also does not want a trade out of New York and would love to finish his career where it all started.

Despite playing in just nine games in 2011, Umenyiora recorded nine sacks and had a tremendous postseason in which played a crucial role for the Giants as he recorded 3.5 key sacks.

Umenyiora has said that since the Super Bowl, he has not had any medical procedures done and had felt the healthiest he has been in a long time.

The health thing could be the biggest key for the Giants and general manager Jerry Reese.

If in fact Osi is healthy, he's a dangerous player who causes havoc alongside Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck. Together, there may be no better defensive line in football when they are on the field and healthy.

I always felt if the Giants think that Umenyiora is healthy and can still produce results on the field, then they would find a way to keep him around.

Reese could always change his mind by turning around and trading Umenyiora just before Thursday night's NFL Draft.

But if Reese says that an extension for Osi is something that they are thinking about doing, then I think they will somehow get it done.

For the Giants, they can only hope to resolve this situation with Umenyiora as soon as possible with either a trade out of town or a new deal that makes both sides happy and avoid another potential holdout.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.