The New York Giants have given the agent for Osi Umenyiora permission to see a trade — but it will come at a steep price. The Giants would like a first-draft round pick in return.
The defensive end’s agent, Tony Agnone, began contacting teams today, ESPN reported. Neither he nor the Giants would comment and Umenyiora, despite being unhappy with his contract, is expected to stay in training camp.
“Osi and I had a very good conversation [Sunday] and really that is all I am going to say about that,” Giants General Manager Jerry Reese said on the “Boomer & Carton” show on WFAN on Monday. “There are still some ongoing issues involved with that.”
According to ESPN, Umenyiora said in a sworn affidavit that was part of the Brady vs. NFL that Reese had told him three years ago that, if he were playing at a high level in two years, he would be given a new contract or be traded to a team that would give him a contract commensurate with those given top-five defensive ends.
Umenyiora has two years remaining on his contract worth a total of $8 million and wouldn’t reveal whether the team might give him a new deal now. “We'll do what's best for the New York Giants,” Reese said. “I don't have any comments about Osi until we get all the issues resolved.”