New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora Wants Out: His 5 Most Exciting Moments
Filed to ESPN about half an hour ago, Adam Schefter writes that Osi Umenyiora is part of the NFLPA's labor lawsuit against the NFL because they feel Umenyiora has suffered irreparable harm at the hands of the Giants.
Umenyiora is filing a sworn affidavit for the lawsuit, claiming the Giants broke promises made to him after the 2008 season. He claims Jerry Reese agreed to renegotiate his contract if he was playing at a high level to that of a top five defensive end.
"In early April 2008, approximately two weeks before the start of the New York Giants offseason conditioning program, I, Osi Umenyiora, had a meeting with the general manager of the New York Giants, Mr. Jerry Reese," Umenyiora testified this past April.
"After about an hour of discussing my current contract, as well as the contracts of other defensive ends currently playing in the National Football League, Mr. Reese told me that two years from the start of the 2008 league year, if I was currently playing at a high level, we'd either renegotiate my current contract so that it would be equal to that of the top five defensive ends playing or I would be traded to a team that would do that.
"Before leaving the meeting, I asked Mr. Reese twice if he was absolutely sure that would be the case. He then told me that he was an honest and church-going man and that he would not lie, which I believed to be the case. Under the penalty of perjury these statements are true and accurate."
The timing of this news release is very odd to be honest, maybe the NFL and the NFLPA are close to some agreement and the lockout is ending soon.
The Giants are used to complaining from Umenyiora; he has had contract issues in the past as well as was very outspoken during the 2009 season with defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan.
However, this couldn't come in a worse year. The Giants already are expected to resign Ahmad Bradshaw, Steve Smith, Kevin Boss and attempt to sign Mathias Kiwanuka and maybe even Barry Cofield—though I expect Cofield to be traded.
An increase in Umenyiora's pay—which is only $3.5 million in 2011—to a top five defensive end contract would hinder the Giants ability to resign all of those players.
Schefter also reported that Umenyiora has moved all of his personal belongings from his formerly permanent home in New Jersey to his home in Atlanta, which is expected to be his permanent home from now on.
According to Schefter: "He repeatedly has sought a contract extension or a trade to a team willing to give him one. Umenyiora certainly no longer sounds confident it will come from the Giants."
With that said, if he truly has played his last down in New York, let's take a look at the most exciting moments in his time with the Giants.
50-Yard Fumble Return Touchdown vs. Baltimore in 2004
In his sophomore season, Osi Umenyiora notched his first big play when he picked up a fumble and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown.
Unfortunately, it was in a down year for the Giants; they lost the game 37-14.
Triple Threat: Sack/Fumble/75-Yard Touchdown Return
I can't believe I couldn't find a video of this play, but not only that, both ESPN and NFL.com do not have a touchdown return in Osi's stats. Are you kidding me?
He has three by the way.
This was his second and a triple threat of awesomeness. He sacked Trent Dilfer, forced a fumble and picked it up and took it 75 yards for a touchdown in a dominant 33-15 win.
Fumble Recovery in Super Bowl XLII
Nothing better than coming up big for your team in the biggest moment. Trailing 7-3 and in danger of falling behind by more before half, Justin Tuck and Osi teamed up to get the Giants the ball back.
They both put pressure on Tom Brady, Tuck got the sack and forced the fumble, and Osi was there to finish the play.
3 Sacks in Barage of Jay Cutler
The Chicago Bears game in 2010 will go down as one of the most dominant performances by a defensive line. The Giants pretty much guaranteed the Bears would take an offensive lineman with their first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft in that game.
Osi and Justin Tuck each had three sacks, and Osi added two forced fumbles to his stats. It was an all around dominant performance in which the Giants racked up 10 sacks and injured the Bears' top two starters at quarterback.
6 Sacks on Donovan McNabb
I couldn't find a video compatible for the Bleacher Report slide show, but NFL.com does have the highlights of Osi's most dominant game of his career.
Winston Justice, who is still the Eagles' right tackle, was a rookie at the time and the Eagles didn't do him any favors that night, allowing Osi to dominate him one on one on far too many occasions.