Osi: Giants make me “look like a greedy pig”

The war of words between Osi Umenyiora and GM Jerry Reese is underway once again.  A year ago, during the lockout, Osi called Reese a liar in court according to a court affidavit.  Now, Osi is accusing the Giants, specifically Reese, of making him to look greedy and selfish in contract negotiations. Reese recently stated that the Giants have offered two separate contract extensions in the 12 months.

“Last year I was offered incentives. This year they offered me in guaranteed money, HALF of what they just gave Kiwi guaranteed. HALF,” Umenyiora wrote. “I’m not making that up. Then Jerry tells the world they offered me an extension and I turned it down. And I look like a greedy pig for turning it down. Hilarious.”

The Giants reached a contract extension with Kiwanuka last week, that guarantees him $10.95 million. That means that Osi is stating that the Giants have only offered him approximately $5.5 million. Osi believes, and correctly, that he is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. What the value is on someone as one-dimensional as Osi is up for debate. Kiwanuka can play both linebacker and put his hand on the ground at defensive end, where Osi struggles against the run and lost his starting job to Jason Pierre-Paul.  Osi is scheduled to make $3.975 million in the last year of his contract.

Just prior to last weeks draft, Osi attempted to entice teams in the NFL by announcing that he wouldn’t demand a new contract if they traded for him. It didn’t work out for him, as he is still a Giant today. What this means is that him and the Giants will attempt to continue some kind of new deal, or simply plan on playing out his final year with the team with expectations of him entering into free agency following the 2012 season. However, that doesn’t mean that Osi will not attempt another holdout, more likely to be longer than his short-lived one last summer. Osi has always stated that he loves playing for the Giants and with his teammates, but that his contract is about business.

“I really haven’t made any definite plans yet,’’ Umenyiora wrote in the email. “I’m quite sure things will only get more interesting.’’

Last season, Osi played in 9 regular season season game, starting 7 with 9 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. He had 3.5 sacks in the Giants Super Bowl run.

  • Trey

    “Last year I was offered incentives. This year they offered me in guaranteed money, HALF of what they just gave Kiwi guaranteed. HALF,” Umenyiora wrote. “I’m not making that up. Then Jerry tells the world they offered me an extension and I turned it down. And I look like a greedy pig for turning it down. Hilarious.”

    Explain to me how this isn’t greedy. You’re comparing salaries boss man. Greedy.

  • knightwhosaysni

    Considering he played in half the games doesn’t that mean he should get half the salary?

  • BigDickBlack

    I love Osi, BUT JPP picked up the slack and is 100x’s better, Osi, take what the Giants offer OR dont let the dorr hit ch, where the good load split ch

  • http://thevictoryformation.com Dave K

    Word

  • HandleBarMustachePatPhish

    Someone say big dick?

  • PRGiantsFan

    He only played half of the games, because he was injured. Just look at the games he started (7), Giants record 5-2 down the strecth and an awesome performance on the playoff. Just because he is comparing salaries that doesn’t makes him greedy. He just wants what is rightously due to him. Kiwi and JPP has done great things and they deserve long term contracts as well. Osi has produce stellar results year after year, even when not at 100%. Just give him what is due and deserved. If he gets cut next year, remember this Giants Fans, get ready to watch Dallas and Philadelphia in the playoff all the time.

  • Keith

    PR man he is a BACKUP I think we should pay him about what he is getting now 4 Million a year with incentives and a few bonuses so he can make up to 6 million and thats for a guy who will be 32 when his deal is over and has had major injuries the last few years.

    He took all his Money UPFRONT now wants to cry since they are making him play under the deal his stupid agent let him sign dont sign a 7 year deal cuz in NY we will make you play it out look at STEVE SMITH rolled out Cruz came in 1536 yards and didnt start untill week 4 OSI holds out JPP comes in and becomes all pro

    I want OSI on a long term deal I HOPE he has his john Abraham moment in 2013 when no team offers him the 10 million he thinks he is worth

    He is a great pass rusher YES but still a backup and I think we should pay him a LITTLE more than KIWI since he plays his role very good but he cant play the run and TAKES off plays once the Giants get down more than a few points

    Offer him 4 4MIL Garanteed then let him earn up to 2 Mil more in sacks and tackles since he is SOO GOOD he should have no prob putting up double digits sacks really I still see him as a 14-15 Sack player and thats as a backup beating on a tired O-line he can match his normal numbers as a back up and WE USE a FOUR 4 DE set sometimes so he will get playing time TUCK always gets hurt JPP is bound to miss a game or 2 in the next year or 2 dude can make his $$ In NY

    Be smart Osi play out your deal and stop CRYING so we can justify giving you a deal and you can do tons of TV Adds to make make millions during the season and in the offseason nobody wants to hire a cry baby backup who crys every year for more money despite not being able to finish a season or a contract with out pissing everyone off in the process your becoming a pain and NYers will only take so much

    Reese get the damn deal done 4 Million 2 mil in incentives and a 500K bonus this year then 750 next then 1Mil next