Never one to avoid confrontation with his former team, DE Michael Strahan told the media on Tuesday that the New York Giants robbed current DE Osi Umenyiora with his one -year contract. Umenyiora, 30, signed a one-year deal worth a reported $6 million dollars which included a $2 million dollar signing bonus. Strahan, speaking to reporters at a celebrity golf tournament, said that he would have taken a harder stance with the team and would have considered sitting out the 2012 season if that’s what it took to receive more money.
“If it were me, I would have sat home and I wouldn’t have played. That’s just me. Ive threatened to do that in my time and I ended up getting what I wanted. Osi’s a little different mindset than me. I’m probably a little more, ‘I don’t care what people think.’ For him it works out, he’s going to be fine, he’s going to play well. If he played well under the previous situations of being unhappy to being somewhat happy now, I’m sure he’ll do great,” said Starahn according to the New York Post.
The New York Giants have one of the deepest defensive lines in the NFL and one of the fastest rising stars at the defensive end position in Jason Pierre-Paul. Pierre-Paul recorded 16.5 sacks last season, but Umenyiora contributed nine sacks in nine games. The current contract Umenyiora is playing for does indeed appear to be low based on his production on the field. He recorded 40 sacks for the Giants between 2004-2005.
Umenyiora’s based contract is $2.5 million. Add in an additional $2 million in a signing bonus and then he receives a $250,000 dollar reporting bonus and a $500,000 dollar roster bonus. An addition $500,000 dollars is available in his contract through sack based incentives.
The 2012 season will likely be his last with the New York Giants as Umenyiora is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of this season and will draw interest from other teams.