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Antrel Rolle on Osi Umenyiora: 'He deserves what he's asking for'

Antrel Rolle answers question from the media during

Antrel Rolle answers question from the media during Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLVI. (Jan. 31, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Antrel Rolle is the latest Giant to weigh in on Osi Umenyiora's contract standoff with the Giants and state that the defensive end should be paid. He was asked about it today during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

"My concern with Osi is one thing and one thing only," he said. " I’m hoping that he comes back. We need him. We have a very very good defensive line without Osi, without a doubt. But with Osi in that lineup we have an outstanding defensive line. That’s the difference. He’s a playmaker all the way around. He gives Eli Manning more opportunities to do what he does best, which is go out there and run an effective offense."

Rolle follows Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka who in recent days have also expressed the opinion that Umenyiora deserves a raise. He has one year remaining on a contract he has been unhappy with for the last four offseasons.

"I’m just hoping that things work out," Rolle said "I truly do believe he deserves what he’s asking for but, you know, that’s not my decision to make and I don’t get involved in any of that talk. They have a great relationship. They have a great relationship no matter what is said, no matter what is being portrayed. Jerry Reese and Osi have a great relationship but, you know, business is business and sometimes business can get a little sticky. I think we all understand that.”

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