Osi Umenyiora Wants Out So Just Let Him Go
Folks, I don't know how familiar you all are with cancerous tumors. But in case you aren't they can have a tendency to grow back. No matter how much the doctor surgically removes somehow the cells continue to multiply until, BAM, new tumor.
Why am I telling you this you ask? Because for whatever reason every time the G-Men cut some of their locker room cancers one always seems to grow back.
When Tiki Barber started bad mouthing the coaching staff he was gone, when Jeremy Shockey barged into Mara's office he was traded, when Plaxico Burress made the stupidest move a pro athlete could make he was cut and then sentenced to jail.
Why does Osi insist on being the next victim?
Umenyiora was noticeably upset when he appeared on WFAN radio. When he was asked about how the season ended there was obvious resentment.
In summation of his interview Osi has officially offered up the idea of leaving football forever if he is not given a starting job next season.
He is on record as saying "I felt like I had worn out my welcome...," this is eerily similar to the Jeremy Shockey incident of only a few years ago.
Shockey felt cheated at the Super Bowl having not been allowed on the sidelines, and he made his feelings known. Soon after he was traded to the Saints for a couple of draft picks.
Although I hope the situation can be rectified, I would like to remind the readers that the decision to bench Osi did not come from former defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan; it came from Tom Coughlin. So in short Perry Fewell and a change of defensive line coaching will not be enough to keep Umenyiora around.
Now let me get on record as saying I think the world of Osi Umenyiora. He is very talented, and throw him in with Kiwanuka and Tuck and they are a force.
Unfortunately his time with New York is over. There are plenty of teams out there who would be happy to have him. He is one year removed from a knee surgery, but most players take two years to get back to true form.
The bottom line is Osi has only had two really good seasons in blue. That's it. 2005 was by far his best, and in 2007 he had 13 sacks but six came against Philadelphia. That leaves a very pedestrian seven sacks for the other 15 games.
Osi has never had a season with 50 solo tackles and to be honest he has never been great against the run. When he was complimented by Strahan he looked great because no one could afford to double him, but it has become obvious he will never be the standout player Giants' fans hoped for.
In comparison, Justin Tuck is having a very good career in his fifth season (one that was hampered by injuries thanks to Flozell Adams). Since Tuck had his first year playing all 16 games he has taken over the load extremely well putting up 10 sacks in 2007 and 12 in 2008.
Tuck has really shown he can handle the duties even without Omnivore there as was the case in 2008. Kiwanuka has also looked very impressive and has a bright future ahead of him grabbing up 61 combined tackles this past season.
Kiwanuka far outperformed Osi and the coaches rewarded him for it. Osi has become a situational pass rusher and he can either accept that or leave, I don't care which.
Osi is signed on through 2012 so he doesn't need to get out the door immediately, but I think the Giants have a nice opportunity for a second-round pick or maybe even a second and fifth.
The only other foreseeable option is to keep him for another year and use him situationally to possibly increase his stock value. But if he wants out then give the cry baby what he wants.
With so many problem spots throughout the team I think it would be wise to get what you can for him and keep the loud mouths who don't want to be here out. So Osi, if you want to go the see ya! I wish you the best of luck, but boy will I be glad to see you go.
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