There have been a few bitter, ugly divorces between the Giants and their players in recent years. Certainly Jeremy Shockey pouted his way out of town, and Plaxico Burress, well, he took things a step further.
But will Osi Umenyiora follow the blueprint of causing a stink to get his release, if that is in fact what he wants? He said today that he'd like to return to the Giants, but that things need to change in regard to his playing time and status (and, unsaid in that remark, perhaps his defensive coordinator).
"I’d love to be here. But the situation cannot continue the way it is," he said. "I think definitely some things are going to be changed. I’m all in, but I think I’m too good of a player for this kind of a situation.”
But when he was asked if he would let things get nasty in an effort to find a fresh start, Umenyiora said he's not that kind of guy.
"That’s not in my character to behave that way," he said. "A couple of things that I said and did, that’s not the way I reperesnt myself at all. Given the frustration of the moment (on Sunday and back in preseason when he walked out), I reacted. It's not something that I plan on doing again, or I hope not. I'm just not that type of person.
"Everybody who knows me knows that," he continued. "But at the end of the day I’m still a man of great pride and I'm very much respected by people in the NFL. They know what kind of player and person I am. So I can't settle for anything less. And I can't settle for not being (here) or playing or doing things like that. It's just not right."
Osi did say that after this game, there are plenty of issues to discuss.
"As soon as we’re done with the Minnesota game, I promise you it’ll take care of itself. As soon as this game is over with, we’ll go from there," he said.
Will it go from there peacefully? To quote Tom Coughlin about such matters: We'll see.