The Giants today announced that the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end has agreed to a restructured contract. The terms were not disclosed.
Umenyiora and the Giants have had discussions regarding his contract since the end of last year’s lockout, and the end result is that all parties are happy.
“This gives me peace of mind, definitely,” Umenyiora said. “We just resolved a situation. It really was affecting me in a bad way. Because I didn’t like all the negativity that was surrounding the whole situation. I couldn’t stand it, because if you know me, you know I’m not that type of person. I’m just happy all that is over with and I’ll be there. I’ll play out this contract, I’ll play this year and I’ll play my heart out.”
Umenyiora said he is in top condition and is eager to return to the field with his teammates on Monday.
I gotta be honest – This was probably the last thing I expected to wake up and read this morning. I woke up expecting to read what all true Giants fans are accustomed to reading: Coughlin fining players for showing up only 2 minutes early to a meeting, another player being carted off the field for tearing an ACL while running ALONE on the sideline during individual drills, or a rival NFC East team pilfering another one of our players, like Steve Smith, Cofield or Goff in recent years. This, however, came as a true surprise.
“Can’t Wait” (someone set up Bart Scott a Paypal account so I can donate copyright infringement penalties to him. Maybe he can buy Mark GQ Sanchez a hotdog or something) to see what the terms of this contract are. I feel very conflicted by this news. On the one hand, I’ve grown to both dread and shake my head in disgust over this dude’s offseason antics. Every year it’s the same story: wah, wah, wah – “I’m not being paid enough”, “I’m a starter! I don’t want to come off the bench, even though I get damn near the same amount of plays as the ‘starting’ DEs”. I suspect this guy has a strong stench of vinegar following him wherever he goes – Being this big of a douche has to come with some pitfalls. Since we’re on the subject, who the FUCK gave him the idea of setting up a Twitter account?
Now, on the other hand, I can hardly contain my excitement when I think about our starting defense about to take the field this year. If people can stay healthy and Fewell decides to keep his “simplified” schemes, we are gonna straight up DOMINATE this year. The D-Line is STACKED – rotations of JPP-Canty-Joseph-Tuck and then Osi-JPP-Tuck-Kiwi on third and longs? Goddamn – who are you gonna double team? Combine this with smarter LB play and a finally healthy secondary? Here’s hoping that TT is fully healthy and the true, full offseason gives the Prince time to learn what the fuck he’s doing out there. Speaking of Amukamara, how fitting was it that he records an interception in his first game against none other than the Eagles?
Is it September yet?
PS – “I’m just happy, I’m happy all that’s over with,” Umenyiora said. “It’s time to get back to work. It was definitely frustrating (not being on the field this spring), but hearing some of the things they said, whether it was Kiwi or (Justin) Tuck or JPP or Antrel (Rolle) – hearing the way they supported me, it made me want to come back even more and be around them. Those guys really stepped up for me. I really appreciate it and I’m happy to be here with them.”