Umenyiora has requested either a trade or a new contract, as he believes he should be paid like one of the top defensive tackles in the league.
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.
If the Giants do opt to trade Umenyiora instead of renegotiating his contract, it will be interesting to see what exactly the Giants could secure via trade for Umenyiora's services, especially considering his relationship and antics when Bill Sheridan was the defensive coordinator.
Umenyiora will turn 30 just two months into the season but is still considered one of the premier defensive ends in the NFL.