New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora joined ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning today and discussed his future in New York. Despite helping them win their second Super Bowl in four years, Umenyiora says that he wouldn’t be surprised if the team ultimately chose to trade him at some point.
“We’re just going to have to wait and see,” Umenyiora said. “I can see it going either way. I can see where they would keep me, I can see where they would trade me, because it makes sense both ways. So hopefully things will work out in my interest. I know the team is going to do what’s best for them. They’ve always made the right decisions for that organization. Whether that’s keeping me or trading me, I’d love to stay, but at the end of the day I understand it’s a business and hopefully things will work out.”
Last year, it seemed as though the two sides had reached an impasse regarding a long-term contract extension and many believed that the Giants would deal Umenyiora away but a lack of serious interest from prospective teams kept Osi in New York for another season. Umenyiora mentions that despite the issues that occurred last season, there are no hard feeling between him and the organization.
“Me and Jerry Reese, me and the owners, Mr. Mara and Mr. Tisch, we’re all cool,” Umenyiora said. “Even when all that stuff was going on, it wasn’t really as contentious as people would have thought. We just sat down and had a lot of conversations. We went back and forth as to what was going on. They understand it’s a business just like I understand it’s a business. If anything happens, in the event that I am traded or released, it’s not going to be bad. They would probably be doing it for my own good, in actuality, so I’ll be happy with anything that happens.”
If Umenyiora does become available, the Giants would most likely have to lower their asking price for him as the Seahawks were the only team to show interest when they were reportedly seeking a first-round in return for Osi.