Once again as Giants fans we wonder and worry about the annual Osi contract issue. As every Giants fan wants him to stay here and continue to help that dominating D line be the best in the NFL, it looks as if his time in NY is quickly coming to an end. We always hear about how this is a business, and how players have to take care of themselves and their families. I get that he needs to secure his future with an extention because these players careers are short. He plays a very physical position in a physical sport. And at 30 he wants to have the guaranteed money. But, this is also a business for the GM, owner and the rest of the front office. In these times of salary caps money must be spent far more wisely than in the past and the GM must think of this years team as well as the teams 3,4 and 5 years from now. Will Osi be dominating in 4 years from now? Would he be able to help this team then? Considering he isn’t even a starter as the present time. I say probably not. Osi may need to realize he is not the dominating player he once was.
Osi has a contract in place for one more year. When the Giants told him to test the market, he had no takers. Even now, is anyone beating down the door to get him? Why is that? The fact is he is the 3rd best DE on the Team and is on the down slope of his career. He wants a $40 million contract with $15 million guaranteed. That would be good if he was 27 or 28. He will be 31 this year and has had his share of injuries in the past. Teams cannot give players more money than they are worth at the end of their careers because they earned it in the past, they have to pay they what they will be worth now and at the end of this contract. Osi was a great player, he was a huge part of this team and a contributing reason they have won 2 Superbowls in 5 years. I like Osi Umenyiora and I hope he gets his money. But if he won’t sign for less than what he is asking, I hope he goes elsewhere because the bottom line is, as much as I like Osi, I like the NY Giants more. And you cant sacrifice the rest of the team and the future to take care of one player! Because he feels he has earned it. So in this business decision I am with Jerry Reese. After all, it’s a business, right?