Report: Osi Umenyiora has Giants’ permission to seek trade


Osi Umenyiora forced Matt Moore to cough up the football last fall. (Chris Graythen / GETTY IMAGES)

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.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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