Despite lots of talk about it over the last several months, it appears that Giants defensive end Michael Strahan will not be holding out of Giants camp and will be in uniform with the rest of his teammates when they take the field on Thursday. There was talk about Strahan not showing up in hopes of trying to grab the teams attention to increase his $4 million dollar salary, but that now appears to be an afterthought. “I’m not worried about that at all,” Giants GM Jerry Reese told the New York Daily News. “That’s been rumored since the very beginning. I don’t anticipate that happening. But you try to prepare for anything that can happen. If that does happen, we’ll be prepared for it.”
Of course there is always the shot that that often controversial Strahan will change his mind at the last minute and decide a holdout is in order, as he has made it known that he is unhappy with the amount of money that he is making with Big Blue. The agent for Strahan, Tony Agnone, declined comment and Strahan was not able to be reached for comment by the Daily News. Strahan met with Giants management back in March and told them he was worried about the teams direction, and also he wanted a pay raise. New contracts, and large new contracts to players like Dwight Freeney and Cory Redding do not help the matter when it comes to what Strahan sees out on the market.
For now though, the Giants feel that their player will be in on time, and Reese said as far as that meeting in March – “That’s one of those in-house things that we keep to ourselves.” Even though, Reese inside has to be somewhat concerned if Strahan gets on his high horse and decides that he wants to show the team up by staying home for awhile as his teammates sweat out the first couple of two-a-day practices. He has two years left on a deal that he signed in 2002 that will in the end pay him $46 million. He claims he had a deal in place with the Giants to revisit the deal prior to this season, but right now it looks as if the Giants are not moving on that deal if there ever was one.
The one thing that New York has going for them is that Strahan is out to prove once again he can dominate in the NFL. He has been slowed from a serious mid-foot sprain, and has looked forward to getting back on the field and showing overall what he can do. He can’t do that sitting at home pouting due to the lack of a new deal. Which is one thing the Giants are very aware of.