It would have sounded absurd just over a month ago, but longtime New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora’s preference is to stay with the team that drafted him 56th overall way back in 2003, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.
This is quite a change of heart from the days leading up to New York’s Week 17 tilt with the Philadelphia Eagles, a game which Umenyiora firmly believed would be his last in a blue and white No. 72 jersey.
“It’s a high probability that I’m going to be playing somewhere else and I think everybody knows that,” Umenyiora told reporters in December (via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York). “Let’s not kid ourselves.”
Schwartz points out that the Giants have a lot to tend to other than Umenyiora’s contract this offseason because the Giants have between 22 free agents and salary cap restrictions to deal with. ESPN’s John Clayton projects that the team is $4.7 million over the cap for 2013.
New York will find it difficult to pay Umenyiora,
Money talks and stars like Umenyiora usually walk.
However, would it be unheard of for a player as oft disgruntled as Umenyiora to stick around for another contract, forgoing the freedom and paycheck he’s been aching for? There are three reasons to believe he’ll do just that.