Pro Football Talk has speculated that Umenyiora could be getting the new deal he's wanted from the team soon, even though PFT can neither confirm nor deny those rumors.
They trace their thinking to a related story from ESPN's Adam Schefter, who Tweeted that Umenyiora will be returning to Giants practice on Monday.
Here's what PFT is thinking about the situation:
"There’s talk in some circles that Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora's soon will be getting his much-desired new deal. It’s possible that the scuttlebutt traces to the fact that Umenyiora is returning to practice without a new deal already in place. Unless he has undergone a dramatic change of heart, he wouldn’t cave without getting something from the team — especially since he declined the team’s offer to enhance the last two years of his current contract."
Even though PFT can't confirm their thought process, it's hard to dispute what they're saying.
However, it's possible that Umenyiora had played his final card in his effort to get a new deal, and after the Giants didn't bite, he decided that his best course of action would be to play under a contract he obviously doesn't think compensates his football ability.
Of course, the play of Jason Pierre-Paul in the Giants' preseason opener might have given New York some leverage. But I don't think that was a driving cause for Umenyiora to return to Giants practice.
If Umenyiora puts together another impressive season, he'll eventually get his money.
Whether the Giants see that and reward it or we're back in this same situation a year from now, we don't know.
But Umenyiora is back at Giants practice without a confirmed agreement on a new deal. Stay tuned to this story to find out if PFT's rumor is correct or if Umenyiora is officially ending his quest for a new deal before this season.