The Michael Strahan saga in New York is over, as he Pro Bowl defensive end has decided to end his holdout, and will report to his team just in time to play in next weeks season opener. It has been report after report stating that Strahan was seriously thinking about ending his career and retiring. Instead, he will come back to the Giants and play his whopping fine that saw him pay $14,288 per day that he missed. He missed a total of 36 days of camp. “He’s coming back because he wants to keep playing,” his agent, Tony Agnone, told the New York Daily News.
Strahan kept the lines of communication open with the Giants and his teammates while he was holding out. He spoke with ownership of the team more than once about his options, and while it seemed like last week he might actually step away, many felt this was exactly the way it would go – he would hold out till the end of the preseason and then be ready to go for opening day. Strahan is set to make $4 mil this season, and part of the reason for the holdout it was though was the desire to get a new deal. Instead, now he will pay his fine and show up, ready to help a Giants team that is very beat up and sorely needs him.
The 35-year-old Strahan owns the NFL record for sacks in a single season with 22 1/2 in 2001, and he also led the league in sacks in 2003, when he compiled 18 1/2. He registered 11 1/2 sacks in 2005, but was limited to only three sacks in nine games in 2006, when a sprain to his foot cut his season short. Newsday reports that he is flying from California today to rejoin the team. “He made up his mind last night. I told him to sleep on it, make sure he feels right about it, and he woke up this morning and called [Giants general manager] Jerry [Reese] and said he’s coming back,” Agnone said.