New York Giants: Where Is the Osi Umenyiora Conflict Headed?
If you're a New York Giants fan, or simply pay attention to the NFL in great detail, you probably know that the Giants and Osi Umenyiora are headed for a 15 round bout in the coming weeks prior to the draft.
If you have seen me comment on the situation on this website, you know that I have been saying the Giants should just cut ties and get whatever value they can out of him, much like they did with Jeremy Shockey when they got two draft picks.
It is hard to say who won out on that deal, considering the Saints just got Jeremy Shockey a ring along with a touchdown in the Superbowl, and the Giants used their picks to get OLB Clint Sintim and QB Rhett Bomar.
However, ESPN's NFC East blogger Matt Mosely has come out with an updated story today that makes me second guess whether or not Osi is truly unhappy or wants to leave.
Apparently he, Head Coach Tom Coughlin, and General Manager Jerry Reese have had meetings the past few weeks to discuss Osi's role with the team. Osi, however, would not comment on those meetings. He also said there were meetings with newly hired defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, and that Osi is excited about playing for him.
"He's a really cool guy, very energetic," Umenyiora said. "I liked him a lot. The scheme he is trying to run best suits the players that we have over here and I am looking forward to that. I think it's a good scheme for me."
He made some ill-advised comments at the end of the season, which isn't what you want to hear from one of your star caliber players, but it also isn't unexpected considering the poor finish last year.
He has tried to retract those comments by simply not commenting on the matter other than to tell those listening that he plans on being a Giant for life.
"I'll never be a problem here," Umenyiora said. "I have too much respect for the organization and I just love my teammates."
Reading these quotes along with some others from the story have made me consider the possibility that Osi is not this year's Jeremy Shockey.
I would also feel terrible if he simply had a poor 2009 campaign because of his surgically repaired kneewhich he insisted was not a problem during the season and then goes somewhere else and has a pro bowl caliber season.
He has since changed his mind when doing some off-season workouts, realizing he was not back to full strength last year.
"I thought I was 100 percent last year," he said. "But to be honest with you, only until about a month ago when I was outside doing some pass rushing drills and I was like, 'Oh, now I'm really 100 percent,' because I felt strong, my legs felt a lot stronger than they did last year."
Sometimes when you read stuff you tend to take it out of context, so I can't really say without a doubt everything he mentioned in this meeting with reporters was truthful, because I wasn't there. I genuinely hope however that he wouldn't just say this stuff to make fans happy.
"I have no plans of going anywhere else. I would hate not to be here," he said. "I really, really enjoy it here. I love these guys."
If he doesn't get traded, I hope he was being sincere for his sake.
Quotes taken from ESPN's Matt Mosely.
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