In a sworn affidavit, to be filed as part of the ongoing NFLPA-NFL lawsuit, defensive end Osi Umenyiora will say that the Giants lied to him about a contract extension and pay raise. Here is his statement:
“In early April 2008, approximately two weeks before the start of the New York Giants offseason conditioning program, I, Osi Umenyiora, had a meeting with the general manager of the New York Giants, Mr. Jerry Reese.”After about an hour of discussing my current contract, as well as the contracts of other defensive ends currently playing in the National Football League, Mr. Reese told me that two years from the start of the 2008 league year, if I was currently playing at a high level, we’d either renegotiate my current contract so that it would be equal to that of the top five defensive ends playing or I would be traded to a team that would do that.
“Before leaving the meeting, I asked Mr. Reese twice if he was absolutely sure that would be the case. He then told me that he was an honest and church-going man and that he would not lie, which I believed to the be the case. Under the penalty of perjury these statements are true and accurate.”
Have to believe Osi, because of the whole perjury thing. Osi has two years left on his contract. He will be paid $3.5 million this season. With this information, the Giants could look to trade Osi. They could probably get a 2nd round pick for him. With Jason Pierre-Paul ready to break out, the need for Osi isn’t that strong. He’s expendable, and knowing how the Giants run their organization, they aren’t going to want to risk any training camp distractions.