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08:02 AM ET 08.01 | Now the question becomes whether it will boil over. Osi Umenyiora and Jerry Reese are back on speaking terms ... at least for now. A few hours after ending his one-day holdout on Saturday, the disgruntled defensive end agreed to meet with Giants GM Jerry Reese even though a source had told the Daily News that Umenyiora was vowing to "never talk to Jerry ever again -- ever." But while Tom Coughlin said "something good ... came out of that" conversation, one source close to Umenyiora said the situation remained tenuous, at best. "This isn't over," the source said. "Osi's going to be quiet about it for now, though, because he wants to let everything play out."

New York Daily News

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August 1, 2011  08:05 AM ET

Maybe next time he'll stomp up and down too!

August 1, 2011  08:08 AM ET

Maybe he can channel that anger into his game and be a difference-maker again.

August 1, 2011  08:12 AM ET

Hey Osi , James Harrison is available as a ghost writer for comments...

August 1, 2011  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Hey Osi , James Harrison is available as a ghost writer for comments...

Kreutz should hire him...

August 1, 2011  08:22 AM ET

So much talent, it's time to go out to pasture.

August 1, 2011  08:23 AM ET

Trade him to Oakland, Al will pay him 10mil+ in return for never winning ever again.

August 1, 2011  08:38 AM ET

If a GM makes you a promise, they should live up to it.

August 1, 2011  08:40 AM ET

GM's promise ALOT and don't follow through. Bottom line is they are in the right business to deal with that "Other" quality person called an AGENT.

August 1, 2011  08:48 AM ET

And this is why they drafted Jason Pierre Paul to go with Tuck and Kiwanuka at DE. You can never have too much of somethings.
He just may get his trade wish: next year.

August 1, 2011  08:51 AM ET

This seems to happen about every other year with Osi. A lot of public posturing but no real hold-out, eventually things get worked out, and Osi either has a very good year or gets injured early and misses the entire season.

August 1, 2011  08:51 AM ET

Why do these players get happy when they sign a good contract for millions including guaranteed money then get mad when they think they had a bad contract and want more $. The nerve of these poeple. The great ones like LT (Lawrence Taylor) did not get mad about their contracts. They just went out there and played, became millionaires and became Giant Legends.

OSI, shut the ef up and play your contract. Heck why dont you get some of those millions back to the Giants so they can pick up some other free agents too.

August 1, 2011  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Why do these players get happy when they sign a good contract for millions including guaranteed money then get mad when they think they had a bad contract and want more $. The nerve of these poeple. The great ones like LT (Lawrence Taylor) did not get mad about their contracts. They just went out there and played, became millionaires and became Giant Legends. OSI, shut the ef up and play your contract. Heck why dont you get some of those millions back to the Giants so they can pick up some other free agents too.

He will never become a legend for any team. He's always gonna be a malcontent.

August 1, 2011  08:59 AM ET

Why can't we have the Haynesworth thread first??

Trying to hide NE's new dirty laundry?

August 1, 2011  09:07 AM ET

Is he claiming he is a slave the way Haynesworth did?

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August 1, 2011  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

This seems to happen about every other year with Osi. A lot of public posturing but no real hold-out, eventually things get worked out, and Osi either has a very good year or gets injured early and misses the entire season.

If Kiwanuka turns up healthy and JP Paul keeps improving, he may be out of there sooner than anyone thinks. He is one of the few guys that would bring you a number one pick. Would not surprise me at all.

August 1, 2011  09:27 AM ET
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If Kiwanuka turns up healthy and JP Paul keeps improving, he may be out of there sooner than anyone thinks. He is one of the few guys that would bring you a number one pick. Would not surprise me at all.

I agree, but I'm biased in favor of him, partly because he's a home town boy (Auburn HS), and also because I think the Giants are going to need speed and agility on the edges this year to contain Vick (and probably Young, too, after Vick gets hurt).

August 1, 2011  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Why do these players get happy when they sign a good contract for millions including guaranteed money then get mad when they think they had a bad contract and want more $. The nerve of these poeple.

You are assuming facts not in evidence. Who says he thought he had a "good contract" to start with? Players, like teams, use the leverage they have. The draft and the CBA provide the teams with more leverage than any single player has. At the end of the day, you play for what the team offers or you don't play. (see: Palmer, Carson) Only two choices. When a player senses that the team needs him badly enough, then the leverage situation changes.

Do I think Osi is worth more? Of course not. And the Giants won't either. But I don't fault a player for trying to get a better contract when he thinks he has the chance. If he gets hurt and/or is useless to the team, the Giants will have no qualms about walking away from the "good contract" that they got when they signed him. Because, as you know, those contracts aren't guaranteed from the teams' side ... they are just numbers in any year past this year ... and the team can walk away at any point with minimum impact. At least the most recent CBA requires the team to pay some minimum salary for two years to a player whose career is ended by injury.

August 1, 2011  10:04 AM ET

Remember, Jerry promised him if he played at a high level for 2! seasons, he would rework his contract. After missing all of 2008, he played with diminished skills for 2009 and had a subpar year. Then in 2010, he went off for 11 sacks and 10 fumbles (i think 4 of which came in one game). He's not nearly a top 5 DE like Tuck is, and if the Eagles didnt create a Super Team this season i'd say trade his sorry ****. Now, it looks like the Jints need all the help they can get.

Osi, have a good year, make the playoffs, and you will be paid handsomely.

 
August 1, 2011  12:11 PM ET
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In my mind there is no bigger Giants fan than I. I believe the Giants should either pay him or trade him and not let this become a bigger distraction. Osi is a great player and should be compensated as such. Just look at the DeShawn Jackson contract (it's a joke that not funny at this point), he is a player that clearly has outplayed his contract and ownership is sitting pat on that bush league contract just because they can. Whatta a fuckkkin reward for his services. I am tired of these pundits backing the owners in their squabbles. I can hear' em now......."play out your contract". Guys get fuckkkin real will ya!

Judging from what I read on Twitter, BK... G-Men want a #1 for the guy.

Then (of course) the team that trades for him will have to sign him to the contract the Giants won't.


Wonder what team out there would be willing to do THAT...

(P.S. - won't be the Cowboys - we are in Salary Cap hell...)

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