Report: Osi Umenyiora Rejected New York Giants' Offer of 3 Years, $18 Million

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Report: Osi Umenyiora Rejected New York Giants' Offer of 3 Years, $18 Million
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It's funny how things come about.

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk:

Not long after former Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora signed a multi-year contract in 2006, he wasn’t happy with it.  But he never was able to get the new payday he wanted in New York.

We’re told that, within the past year or two, he turned down a three-year, $18 million package from the Giants.

That's a whole lot less than what he got from the Atlanta Falcons, which was for two years and $8.5 million. But with incentives, it could be as much as $12 million:

Before the 2010 season, Umenyiora thought about holding out, as he was extremely unhappy with his deal, but he chose not to. After Super Bowl XLVI, he was still unhappy with his deal. With the help of agent Tom Condon, he got his deal restructured so that he made more money, but would become a free agent after 2012.

Up until his departure, Umenyiora was the longest-tenured Giant on the team, dating back to when he was drafted back in the second round of the 2003 NFL draft.

The Giants are likely to move Mathias Kiwanuka back to defensive end and could look to draft another pass-rusher at defensive end later this month.

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The Giants are better off without Umenyiora. Clearly, he was unhappy with not being a starter and playing behind Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck. Plus, his contract situation didn't help matters.

Also, some fans perceived him to be a little bit of a diva. And, at times, he may have acted like one, such when he made the salary dispute public.

Now, the Giants don't have a 31-year-old (going on 32) whose negative attitude will weigh down the team and can look to bring in some fresh legs to the unit.

A lot of fans really liked Umenyiora and what he accomplished in his 10 years with the Giants, but at $6 million per season, Big Blue is better off. At least now, Giants GM Jerry Reese can legitimately say he tried to make Umenyiora happy and made an effort to keep him in New York.

If it was a one-year offer, you'd understand why he said no thanks. But a three-year offer at $6 million a season? It's clear that he wanted out of New York.

In the end, Umenyiora got his wish. But was it the right move to make?

 

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