Newest Twitter report from Mikey G says Osi Umenyiora thought his benching last season was "BS" and he won't stand for it again. And that he wants an answer -- read that assurances -- from the Giants before the preseason conditioning program starts in late March.
That may sound like he's trying to force a trade, but until it happens I'll continue to say he's not going anywhere. He'll get his assurances, too, in the form of "Shut up and make more than two plays a game," from the coaching staff.
It does lead me to believe that he might not show up at the "voluntary" conditioning program, which would be a shame. Coming off a year like that, with his surgical knee still shaky, he'd be wise to take all the supervised work he can get. Like I say, the best way out of the doghouse is production, and that can start with the offseason program and OTAs.
More to the present, Umenyiora simply needs to clamp his mouth shut now. No player on that defense is in a position to make any demands, except perhaps for direct-deposit of his paychecks.