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Osi likely staying, but Pierce's status is murky

Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he wasn't

Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he wasn't sure yet whether Antonio Pierce would have a role on the team next year. (File photo, 2009) Photo Credit: David Pokress

The Giants have decisions to make with two of their veteran defenders this offseason. And while the team seems committed to keeping Osi Umenyiora in its plans, the future of Antonio Pierce seems a little less certain.

"Everybody is in the evaluation process right now," general manager Jerry Reese said of Pierce's role. "We'll see moving forward."

Pierce was put on injured reserve with a bulging disc in his neck in November. He's due to receive another MRI this month.

"I'm not sure how that's going," Reese said. "It's one of those slow-healing injuries and it's a wait-and-see process. So that's what we'll do, we'll wait and see."

Pierce has one year remaining on his contract, and there has been speculation he has played his last game for the Giants. But Reese apparently isn't waiting to see about Umenyiora, giving him an unqualified vote of confidence.

"Osi is a major part of what we are trying to do moving forward," Reese said.

Fewell will talk 'D'

The Associated Press reported that Bills interim coach Perry Fewell will be interviewed Thursday for the Giants' defensive coordinator's job. Fewell is still a candidate for the head coaching job in Buffalo and is seen as a front-runner for defensive coordinator with the Bears. Another potential candidate for the Giants' job is Romeo Crennel.

 

Gilbride heading west?

According to several reports, if the Raiders fire Tom Cable as their coach, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride would be one of the top candidates to replace him. Gilbride's contract with the Giants expires at the end of this season.

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