A couple of days ago we went over why the New York Giants should keep Osi Umenyiora and not trade him. Now rumors in the New York media are that the Giants and Osi are discussing a new contract. Not only does Osi Umenyiora think he is underpaid, so do his teammates the defensive line.
Mathias Kiwanuka said of his teammate Wednesday. “Anybody who looks at the situation would say, ‘Well, this should’ve been taken care of a long time ago.’ For whatever reason, it hasn’t. So I understand his frustration."
Kiwanuka wasn’t the first Giants player to lobby for Umenyiora, who is slated to earn $3.975 million in the final season of his seven-year contract.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul called for the team to "give him what he wants" just days after New York’s Super Bowl win, and Justin Tuck threw his support behind Osi in a carefully-worded response to CBS Sports’ Jim Rome on Tuesday.
While Umenyiora might be deserving of "what he wants", giving him that will cut into Pierre-Paul's future earnings. It also will make it harder for the Giants to keep Victor Cruz. Both sides are still reportedly far apart on negotiations.