In recent weeks Giants DE Osi Umenyiora has made it fairly clear that he is looking to be paid as one of the leagues top defensive ends, even if that requires a trade out of New York to make it happen.
“I mean this is a business,” Umenyiora said recently, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “As we can see, the teams are operating as a business right now. They’re doing what they feel like they need to do to maximize their revenue. As a player you have to do the same thing. We only have a short period of time to make as much as we can make, period. So honestly that’s something we have to discuss with my agent as far as the next course of action if, when the lockout is over, nothing is done. I’m going to have to see exactly where I’ll have to go from there.”
Vacchiano draws a parallel to the Jeremy Shockey situation that occurred some years ago which ultimately led to the Giants shipping off to the New Orleans Saints.
Defensive ends usually are able to command huge contracts and Umenyiora will be no different considering that has been nothing short of amazing for the Giants defense. If Umenyiora requests a trade, you can expect to see a hot market for him but as of now the ball is in the Giants court. New York will have to address this issue as soon as they are able to.