"I can see it going either way," he said to ESPN Radio. "I can see where they [the Giants] would keep me, I can see where they would trade me, because it makes sense both ways. So hopefully things will work out in my interest . . . I'd love to stay, but at the end of the day, I understand it's a business, and hopefully things will work out."
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By "work out," Umenyiora no doubt means that he'll be given a new contract by the Giants or traded to a team that will give him one. He has one year remaining on his contract with the Giants and is due just under $4 million. For a player with his production -- he had nine sacks in nine games in 2011, missing seven because of knee and ankle injuries -- that's a value even if he is not a "starting" player. The Giants figure to have Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul penciled in as their starters for 2012.
The Giants have every right to keep him under his current deal, although that could come with some baggage. Umenyiora briefly held out of training camp last summer and refused to participate in practices for about two weeks. During the lockout, he testified in court that general manager Jerry Reese had promised him either a new contract or a trade if he performed to a certain level. He received neither.
"We're cool," Umenyiora said of his relationship with the Giants' front office during his ESPN Radio interview.
Later, during an interview with Sirius NFL Radio, he said he'll try a different approach this offseason. "I'm just going to be really quiet, that's for sure," he said.
Umenyiora said he expects something to happen relatively soon, and trade talks -- or at least trade rumors -- are sure to heat up around the draft in April. The Giants gave him a brief window to find a team willing to trade a first-round pick for him last summer. It's unclear if their asking price will change.
If he is traded (or released, which almost certainly will not happen because of his value and low cost under his current contract), Umenyiora said there will be no hard feelings. In fact, he said, it might be for the best.
"They understand it's a business just like I understand it's a business," he said. "If anything happens . . . it's not going to be bad. They would probably be doing it for my own good, in actuality, so I'll be happy with anything that happens."