Osi Umenyiora is under contract for the 2012 season with the Giants, but general manager Jerry Reese said publicly today for the first time that the team would consider a contract extension for the 30-year-old defensive end.
When I asked Reese if it was possible the team would look into a contract extension for Umenyiora, he replied, "It could happen." That's the first time Reese has signaled a willingness to add years to Umenyiora's deal, this after the defensive end has complained in recent years that he is underpaid.
"We have a lot of issues to look at, and we just have to formulate a good game plan and see if we can get it done," Reese said.
Umenyiora briefly held out of training camp last year and asked to be traded, but the Giants would only accept a first-round pick in return. Umenyiora and his agent, Tony Agnone, couldn't get another team interested in giving up a first-round pick, so the Giants kept Umenyiora. He wound up playing this season and helped the Giants to a second Super Bowl in the last five seasons. When contacted by Newsday about Umenyiora's situation, Agnone declined to comment because he had not yet spoken to Reese about his client.
"I think he loves the Giants," Reese said of Umenyiora. "He loves to play football. He’s been with us his entire career and I think he’d like to retire a Giant. I can’t speak for him, but just guessing, I think that’s what his feelings are."
Reese also expressed a willingness to bring back running back Brandon Jacobs in 2012. Head coach Tom Coughlin has said he wants both players back next season.
"We’re still in that process," Reese said. "We still have some discussions to go. Hopefully we can bring both of them back."