Osi Umenyiora Out? Giants Defensive End May Be Moving On

Mike Gliddon@mikegliddonCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 08: Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants leaves the field after a loss to  the San Diego Chargers at Giants Stadium on November 8, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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After the Giants' loss to the Carolina Panthers in the final game at Giants Stadium, many people were wondering one thing: What happened?

Now Tom Coughlin and the leader of the offense (Eli Manning) are apologizing for their performance. Or lack thereof.

But the biggest story to surface from the locker room is the possible departure of Osi Umenyiora.

In a post-game interview, Umenyiora had this to say to the Associated Press:

"I thought I was the problem. It's an unbelievable situation, man. Last game at Giants Stadium, probably as a Giant, just the way everything has unfolded has been unbelievable. I never would have dreamt this in a million years, but it is what it is, we live and we learn."

Did he say last game as a Giant at Giants Stadium?

According to John Clayton of ESPN, the Giants may see what they could get for Umenyiora in a trade.

They would then try to keep Mathias Kiwanuka long-term and see what they have in Clint Sintim, who can play linebacker and defensive end.

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Osi still has a lot left in the tank. It would be interesting to see what kind of offers the Giants would receive for a former Pro Bowl defensive end who is just entering the prime of his career.

This all started back in training camp when Osi did not attend practices after a morning meeting. There was a dispute between Osi and new defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan that led to the disappearance of Umenyiora.

The latest bump in the road for Osi was the benching to try to revitalize the defense.

Kiwanuka was placed into the starting lineup to give the Giants better run defense, and then on passing downs, they put in Umenyiora to create more pressure on the quarterback. Osi was okay with the benching as long as he got his reps in and could still contribute.

But after only playing a handful of downs in the loss to the Panthers, it appears he might be on his way out.


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