No more exercise bikes. No more trade rumors. No more holdouts and brooding. Osi Umenyiora is -- for perhaps the first time in the last several years -- very happily a New York Giant.
The defensive end, who had been displeased with his contract since shortly after signing it during the 2006 season, has restructured his deal with the team. "I'm just happy. I'm happy all that's over with," Umenyiora said. "It's time to get back to work."
The new deal will pay Umenyiora about $7.5 million for 2012, nearly twice the $3.925 million he was due to make, according to a source. No years were added to the deal, which could make Umenyiora a free agent after the upcoming season. The goodwill from the restructuring, though, would seem to keep the Giants in the running for Umenyiora beyond 2012.
"I appreciate Osi's patience and effort through this process," general manager Jerry Reese said. "We talked it out, and it makes sense for everybody involved. We are very pleased, excited and looking forward to seeing No. 72 on the field at Monday's OTA."
Umenyiora, who has not attended offseason workouts thus far, said he will be there Monday. Umenyiora also recently parted ways with his agent, Tony Agnone, whom he hired after his last extension. He has told people he is not looking for a new agent and made this deal on his own without representation.
"This gives me peace of mind, definitely," Umenyiora said. "We just resolved a situation. It really was affecting me in a bad way, because I didn't like all the negativity that was surrounding the whole situation. I couldn't stand it, because if you know me, you know I'm not that type of person. I'm just happy all that is over with and I'll be there. I'll play out this contract, I'll play this year and I'll play my heart out."
And next offseason, well, the whole process can start over again.
Brown's suspension lifted. RB Andre Brown's four-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs has been lifted on appeal, according to the NFL. Although the league would not disclose the details, Brown had told reporters that he was suspended for using Adderall, a prescription medication for ADHD, and neglected to list it in paperwork with the league that would have approved its use.