When I spoke to Osi Umenyiora’s agent shortly after the draft, there was an air of uncertainty as to how the defensive end would handle the voluntary aspects of the offseason. “Whatever it (takes) for him to be ready for the season he’ll be doing,” Tony Agnone said in late April, not willing to commit his player to OTAs.
But now that they are upon us, Agnone says that Umenyiora will be attending the OTAs, which begin on Tuesday.
“He’ll be up there,” Agnone said. “With bells on.”
Umenyiora has stated that he wants to be a starting, every-down player and was looking for a guarantee of that from the Giants. They basically told him to go on the field and earn that title. Then they selected defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the first round of the draft to further clog the position. There were reports elsewhere that Umenyiora was upset by the pick. Here, we reported that he was surprised by it considering the depth the team already has at defensive end.
Umenyiora also dropped an email to the Associated Press during the weekend of the draft.
“The perception of negativity surrounding me and my relationship with the team is ludicrous," Umenyiora wrote. “I'm happy to be with the team and now it's just time to go out and perform the way I know the team can perform."
That starts with the OTAs on Tuesday.