The Osi Umenyiora drama is weighing heavily on the minds of all New York Giants fans and staff. The stud defensive end continues to be stubborn about his contract. The New York Giants organization needs to seriously consider the big picture in this ugly situation. Umenyiora's new demand is that he be given a new one-year deal laden with incentives, so that he may become a free agent next season. Until hearing that, I was in the camp that Umenyiora should be retained. Now it is clear he will be leaving one way or another.
The most curious thing in the entire saga is his insistence that he was cheated. Umenyiora's sworn affidavit says that after the 2007/8 Super Bowl win, Jerry Reese "promised" him a raise if he was still playing at a high level in two years. If memory serves, Umenyiora proceeded to miss the 2008 season with an injury, and then played so horrifically in 2009 that he was benched. He then returned to form in 2010 with 11.5 sacks.
Just out of curiosity, did Reese say "have one more good year" or "maintain a high level of play"? Food for thought.
Of course it would be much more beneficial to the New York Giants if they could keep Osi for the long term, but at this point that just does not seem possible or likely.
Here are five reasons why the New York Giants should part ways with their star pass rusher, hard as it may be.