Osi Umenyiora is trying his darnedest not to cause trouble in the Giants’ locker room.
“No matter what happens this year I’m going to maintain a positive outlook and we’ll go from there,” he said after discussing his as-yet-undecided role in the 2010 campaign.
But Umenyiora also noticed that there were a few players who didn’t mind causing waves on the other side of town. Namely, Darrelle Revis and his faux light-headedness.
“I don’t know anything about their business, but they seem to have a lot going on over there,” he said.
Umenyiora was solidly (and not unsurprisingly) in Revis’ corner.
“I know he’s probably the best cornerback in the league,” Umenyiora said. “In this NFL … if he wasn’t performing good they’d cast him aside like he was nothing. He’s outperformed his contract. Whatever they do they need to come to terms with that young man.”
Does the lack of a long-term CBA affect those negotiations?
“It’s never a tough year to make those negotiations because they never have a problem kicking you to the curb whenever they feel like it,” Osi said. “If you truly outperform your contract like he has, he has a right as a man … he’s well within his right to behave that way. But he’s still under contract so he has obligations to that team.”
What about Osi himself. Would he consider sitting out as a protest?
“I don’t want to do that,” he said. “At the end of the day what’s really been hurt right here is my pride, nothing more than that. It’s not like you can go to a grocery store and pick that up. That’s a mental thing. It’s something you have to deal with internally here. My bottom line hasn’t been affected. Whatever they need me to do, I’m going to go out there and try my best to do.”