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.