Now that we’re about three months into another NFL offseason, it looks like another war between New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora and general manager Jerry Reese is brewing in the swamps of New Jersey.
Yesterday, during the Giants’ post-draft press conference, Reese claimed that he offered Umenyiora a contract extension last year as well as this offseason and that he rejected both offers.
According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Umenyiora wrote an email to the NY Daily News explaining Reese’s “contract offers” to him. He said that last year’s offer wasn’t for an extension and that this year’s offer wasn’t much of an offer at all.
“Last year I was offered incentives. This year they offered me in guaranteed money, HALF of what they just gave Kiwi guaranteed. HALF,” Umenyiora wrote, per the Daily News. ”I’m not making that up. Then Jerry tells the world they offered me an extension and I turned it down. And I look like a greedy pig for turning it down. Hilarious.”
The Giants just gave linebacker/defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka a three-year, $21.75 million extension with $10.95 million guaranteed.
Osi is reportedly looking for a deal that’s worth an average of $10 million per season, with $15-$17 million guaranteed.
No one knows right now whether or not Umenyiora will be traded, but Reese did say “all options are open,” which tells me anything can happen at this point.Follow PFZ on Twitter @ProFootballZone