If you take a step back, and take an honest look at the Osi Umenyiora situation, you'll realize some interesting things about the situation.
In an email to the Associated Press, Umenyiora called out Charles Johnson. In case you missed it: "How does a guy who had one good year (no disrespect to Charles Johnson) sign a deal and make more than both me and [Justin] Tuck combined? It's not right." Umenyiora wrote.
Johnson's contract is six years worth $76 million. Even though he only had "one good year," he's also only been in the league four years.
Umenyiora's six-year $41 million contract with $15 million guaranteed back in 2005 was HUGE back then. He was only a starter for one year, just like Johnson, when he got that contract.
Another thing that Umenyiora seems to forget, is that is contract was front-loaded. He got $21 million over three years. Now that Umenyiora is getting towards the back of that contract, he wants more money. Given the strain the Giants are at financially, this just isn't the right time.
While we're on the topic of Umenyiora's memory, maybe he also forget he only had one good year in three years? In 2008, he missed the whole season with a torn lateral meniscus injury, in which he was still PAID.
How about his mediocre 2009 season where he lost his starting spot?
Then, in 2010, where admittedly he had an amazing year, he wants to see the money.
It'd be easier to take Umenyiora's side if he had no years left on his contract. After a year like that, Johnson cashed in, so why wouldn't Umenyiora? If this was the case, the Giants would probably have no shot at keeping Umenyiora. However, it's not the case, and Umenyiora needs a reality check.
Umenyiora thinks he's a top-five defensive end in the league. He claims that if he played like a top-five defensive end in the league, that Jerry Reese promised him top-five defensive end money. Sure, that sounds reasonable. The Giants are struggling to keep their team together, but let's show you the money after one great year in three years.
But, Umenyiora, if you were a top-five defensive end, don't you think teams would fight harder for your services? Why is it that teams have absolutely no interest in giving up a first-round pick for you? Could it be that maybe you're not a top-five DE? Or is it the fact that you're not even the best DE on your own team?
The reason Johnson got paid so much is because the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers fought for his services. When more than one team wants your on their roster, you usually get more money. This isn't the case with Umenyiora, which is probably why this is taking so long—his ego is hurt.
He's hurt over the Giants not paying him more money. He's hurt over the fact he more or less played last season injured, put up great stats, and no one is fighting for him. He's hurt that no one is taking his side, and the media is making him look like a bad guy.
If I was in Umenyiora's shoes, I would probably feel the same way. He puts his life on the line every snap, and he has been great for the Giants over the years.
However, Umenyiora, this is coming from a true Giants fan—we can't pay you this season. I'm sorry, we all know how you feel, but the money just isn't there.
You should've taken a page out of Michael Strahan's book: “I went to camp one year and said, ‘I’m not doing anything until I get a new deal,’ ” Strahan said. “The public didn’t know we were having our little contract issue. When we got the deal done, I stepped out on the field." Strahan told the New York Post.
However, you made it public, and you let Jerry Reese control the situation through the media.
You're not going to get traded, you're not going to get any more money, and you're definitely not getting cut. You may get suspended, but I doubt it.
Umenyiora, just return to camp. It's better for everyone involved, and it'll help the team immensely. We all want certain things in life, but we don't always get them.