Not only do we have the continued blather of Osi Umenyiora, which continued this afternoon on WFAN, but also the beginning of the demolition of Giants Stadium. Here's the AP story, courtesy of the venerable Tom Canavan.
Back to Osi. Now he's using terms like "disrespect" to describe his fall from fulltime to parttime player after the Denver debacle. He said he feels he was singled out as the root cause of the defense's demise. And he said he wants a sitdown with the Giants' organization BEFORE he even speaks to defensive coordinator Perry Fewell for the first time.
He's getting off on some foot here with the new guy.
He's also talking like a guy who's got a lot of leverage here. He doesn't. He's signed through 2012. And if this has to do with him getting a new contract, as he wanted before this season, I think he's just torpedoed any hope of that. Not that it was going to happen in the first place.
So, as you'll see in the complete interview, he now talks of getting a clear picture of what his role will be before he even reports to the offseason program, and before he introduces himself to Fewell. And if the Giants don't say the right words, he'd ask for a trade -- but only as a "last resort," he said.
So there you have it. Disrespect, conversation, trade, last resort. All the operative words that will surely add spice to an offseason that will already center around the rejuvenation of a defense that allowed 30 points seven times and 40 or more points five times. The question is, will Umenyiora be a returning or exiting part of that rebuilding job?
I'm sticking with him staying. Players have said stupid things before, and organizations have put up with that. The only way the Giants get rid of him is if they truly believe he's on a permanent slide downward. Even I'm not sure if that's the case.
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