When the New York Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17 of the 2012 NFL season, they will do so with their playoff chances being on life support. The Giants need to not only defeat the Eagles, but need losses from the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings. They also may be preparing to play with Osi Umenyiora on their team for the final time.
“Is there a high probability that I am going to be playing somewhere else?” Umenyiora asked on a conference call with reporters, according to ESPN. “I would say there is a high probability, and that is just me being honest. I am not certain of what is going to happen. Anything can happen.
“We can get into the playoffs,” Umenyiora continued. “Anything is possible. But it’s a high probability that I’m going to be playing somewhere else and I think everybody knows that. Let’s not kid ourselves.”
The defensive end has been at the center of trade talks for the past few seasons, and will be seeking a new contract following this season, which coudl end as soon as Sunday afternoon for New York, if the Giants fail to qualify for the postseason and defend their Super Bowl championship from last season.
He dos not expect that contract to come from the Giants, and said that he expects many changes.
“Definitely. But where are they going to make the changes is the question,” Umenyiora said. “There’s no individual, there’s no aspect of the team this year that stood out. There’s nowhere that was up to the standards that we set last year,” Umenyiora continued. “If they’re going to be making changes, it has to be wholesale changes. Everybody has to leave. There has to be changes for everybody because nobody played above average this year.”
Back in 2005, Umenyiora signed a seven year deal worth $41 million, ye wanted to restructure the deal on multiple occasions. He has been looking for a better deal almost since the season after he signed the one that was more than generous in the first place. He reportedly restructured his deal prior to this past season, which could make things interesting this offseason for Umenyiora, who said that while he expects to play for a new team in 2013, he would not rule out a return to the only NFL franchise he has known.
“If it does, in fact, turn out to be my last game,” Umenyiora said, “then it’s been a wonderful, wonderful ride. I just don’t know what is going to happen. There is a chance I could be back here.”
In the NFL, there is always a chance.
Just not for the Giants to make another successful Super Bowl run in this year’s playoffs. I do not see that one taking place, not under almost any circumstances.