Which brings us to Umenyiora’s current contract, which has two years remaining on it. He basically tried everything at his disposal to get out of it this offseason and preseason, from a holdout (one day) to a sit in (on an exercise bike) to putting his name on a lawsuit filed by the players against the league and issuing his now famous affidavit in which he said Jerry Reese told him he’d either get a new contract or a trade.
And where’d all of that get him? Nowhere.
“At some point you just have to go for it and if it works it works and if it doesn’t it doesn’t,” he said. “Apparently it didn’t work and we’re right back to square one.”
Umenyiora said he’s still frustrated with his contract, as well as the entire culture of NFL contracts that teams can tear up on a whim but players are held to even if they outplay them.
“It’s not going to go anywhere,” he said of his anger. “It’s ridiculous the way things are looked at. I can’t say I don’t understand it because I kind of do understand it. At the end of the day it’s not fair, but it’s not a fair world.”
Umenyiora said he thinks he will see another big contract in his career.
“I think I have a couple of good years left barring unfortunate injuries,” he said. “Honestly I don’t know the answer to that question. I hope so. I’ll perform and play to my abilities and hope for that. But there’s no telling what’s going to happen.”
Does he think he’ll get another big contract from the Giants?
“I’d like it to be here, but I’m not a dummy,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Osi also said that he does not have a poor relationship with Jerry Reese or Giants ownership, but admitted that it’s a business to them as much as it is to him.
“I’m happy I’m here with my team,” he said. “Whatever happens from this point out, I’m not really talking about a contract. Whenever it’s time for them to do the right thing I think they will.”