Here is a copy of the statement Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora emailed to the Associated Press. It is pasted below as is, without changing anything for grammar or spelling or punctuation.
"I hope there is a chance (to play for the Giants again). But who knows. What really annoys me is the hypocrisy of people clamouring for my head for asking for a new deal or to be traded. Saying I have 2 yrs left on my deal. These contracts only mean something to us? Where is O'hara? Where is Seubert? True inspirational football players. They were cut after being injured. They have years left on their deal. Why is jacobs asked to take a pay cut? He
has years left on his deal.
"The fact is in the business we are in, if you get injured, or they feel like you under performed, they cut you without hesitation. But if you clearly outplay your contract, and ask for something to be done, your a bad guy and not a team player. Its ridiculous. How does a guy who had one good year(no disrespect to Charles johnson) sign a deal and make more than both me and tuck combined? Its not right.
"Everyone in this business understands that is exactly what it is. Business. And just like none of us get upset when our team mates are released due to business decisions, the teams also
don't get upset when something like this happens. I'm sorry about the long email, but its just frustrating to see how people react to one thing, and not the other. Just be fair."