Osi Umenyiora To Return To Giants … Without New Contract.

 ~ The New York Football Giants could use a dose of good news and maybe Osi Umenyiora deciding that he’s ready to play football is a start. The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end let the Associated Press know that he will be returning to the Giants and start practicing without the new contract he has publicly been pursuing.

It’s become a very familiar tune for Giants fans whenever Umemyiora starts letting his feelings become known that he wants a better contract. If it’s about respect, he feels the Giants are not giving it to him. According to Umenyiora, they offered to place incentives in his current deal which would pay him $7.1 million over the next two seasons, which he rejected.

“No deal has been reworked,” Umenyiora told the AP. “What has been offered has been unacceptable and shows they don’t really respect the fact I sacrifice my health for the franchise. I will play under my current deal because I love and respect my coaches, my teammates, the fans, and myself. Not for those incentives.”

The keyword in those comments is respect, Umenyiora feels he has not received any. He’s 29 years old and knows that he needs to secure at least one more big-money deal in his career. However, Umenyiora also has been injury prone and has a knee that is questionable at best currently.

Maybe someone in Umenyiora’s corner finally was able to get through to him and let him know that if he wants teams to show him the money, he’s going to have to get on the field and put up the kind of numbers that will earn him that new deal.

 The Giants clearly showed they are not in a hurry to throw money at Umenyiora. They are still loaded at the defensive end position with Justin Tuck and the emerging Jason Pierre-Paul. Umenyiora perhaps sees the writing on the wall that the kind of money he’s looking for can’t be secured from the sidelines complaining to the anyone that is willing to listen to him.

 One of the main gripes Umenyiora has had with the Giants is that he feels their upper management did not keep their word on reworking his contract. We’ll see if he intends to keep his word and play for his teammates, coaches, and the fans.

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NFL > Giants & Ahmad Bradshaw Agree To Terms

~ Ahmad Bradshaw and the New York Giants have reportedly agreed to terms on a new contract. The Giants were in danger of losing the free agent and that would have been another blow to their team.

 The New York Giants have not had the fireworks behind their off-season moves that their division rival Philadelphia Eagles have had so far. Among those included in the deep pool of free agents was Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants were in danger of losing their explosive running back and it would have been another blow to their team’s roster. It looked as if Miami was going to land Bradshaw until they made the deal for Reggie Bush, since then there was little buzz about where else Bradshaw might go to play. Bradshaw’s new deal with the Giants is reportedly for four years  and worth 18 million, with $9 million guaranteed.

 The new salary cap has already forced the Giants to re-do their offensive line with cuts to Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert. They still have a void at tight end because Kevin Boss is now a free agent waiting for his turn at the negotiating table. Wide receiver Steve Smith is also a free agent that the Giants have to re-sign. There was enthusiasm behind the possibility of Plaxico Burress returning to the team, however Burress is now a New York Jet.

 It also remains to be seen what the Giants decide to do with Osi Umenyiora, who reportedly has been granted permission to seek a trade.

The Giants couldn’t afford to lose Bradshaw to another team. The Eagles signing of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is going to make it very difficult for teams to pass the football effectively and puts the importance on having a strong running game. Putting Bradshaw back with Brandon Jacobs in the backfield at least brings some peace of mind to the Giants fans who may have been wondering when their team was going to make some additions instead of more subtractions.

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