Last week Giants co-owner John Mara had a little chat with disgruntled Giants’ DE Osi Umenyiora, who is one of ten named plaintiffs in the Brady v. NFL case. According to John Mara, he made one thing very clear: He wants Umenyiora back next season.
“I talked to him last week,” Mara said, “and told him we wanted him back.” It’s been well documented that Umenyiora either wanted a new deal which pay’s him top dollar, or be traded to a team whose willing to do so. The Giants have not yet made “good” on a new deal for Umenyoria, which has led Umenyoria to believe Resse was lying. Umenyiora is willing to return, but only he has a new deal.
With the emergence of DE Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants might be content with trading Umenyiora and getting a draft pick for him. However, the value won’t be nearly as high as Umenyoria’s ability. It never is when your traded a top-notch player.
With that being said, Mara told Osi Umenyoria he needs to talk to Giants GM Jerry Resse first. ”I told him that when this [lockout] is over, he’s got to sit down with Jerry man-to-man and work this thing out,” Mara said. “He’s got to do that.”
This will be very interesting. If the Giants fail to resign Mathias Kiwanuka, might they be more inclined to take care of Osi? If they do sign Kiwi, might they grant his wish and trade him? We shall see!