The Osi holdout is over. The drama may just be starting.
After skipping out on the first day of training camp on Friday and missing the Saturday morning walk-through, the agent for the disgruntled defensive end said that Umenyiora will report to the Giants this evening. It will probably be within the hour, between 4 and 5 o’clock. Whether Umenyiora will be able to be processed into camp with physicals and paperwork in time to be on the field for this evening’s 6 p.m. practice remains to be seen, but Tony Agnone, his agent, said Umenyiora is looking forward to addressing the media.
“It should be quite entertaining,” he said.
Perhaps as enlightening as Umenyiora’s sworn affidavit that essentially called Jerry Reese a liar for not trading him or giving him a new deal (Reese called the official court document and sworn testimony "offseason chatter" yesterday). Umenyiora clearly holds a grudge against Reese, and there are reports that Umenyiora has vowed never to speak to Reese again.
“That might be the case,” Agnone said.
While some may be surprised to see Umenyiora report so quickly – he’s missed about 30 hours of training camp – Agnone said the point was never to sit out in protest.
“This was never a hard and fast holdout until the cows come home,” he said. Umenyiora was waiting to see if the Giants would reach out to him with either an offer or a proposed trade, but he heard nothing. Oh, he did receive a letter informing him he’d be fined $30,000 for each day he missed at camp. But Hallmark doesn’t really make a card for that occasion.
Umenyiora still wants a trade or a new deal, although it would be difficult to hammer out the latter if he’s not speaking to the general manager. As to whether Umenyiora’s reporting is just a way to dodge the fines as some players have done, showing up and not participating, Agnone said, rather ominously, that would be up to the doctors. Umenyiora had offseason hip surgery.
Justin Tuck said he spoke with Umenyiora this morning and predicted that his opposite bookend would be in camp soon.
“Osi’s a smart guy, he knows what he’s doing,” Tuck said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a quicker end to this than people think. But again, that’s just me being optimistic.”