After 10 years with the New York Giants, defensive end Osi Umenyiora says it’s highly unlikely he’ll be back with the team.
In a conference call with reporters, Umenyiora said there’s a “high probability” he will be moving on. Umenyiora will be a free agent after the season and has had highly publicized contract disagreements with the Giants in the past.
Osi Umenyiora says it’s unlikely he’ll be back with the Giants after 10 years with the team. (AP Photo)
“Is there a high probability that I am going to be playing somewhere else?” Umenyiora, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, asked. “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. 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.”
A year after winning the Super Bowl, the Giants are unlikely to reach the postseason. To get in, they have to beat the Eagles at home Sunday, and Minnesota, Chicago and Dallas all have to lose.
Umenyiora, 31, has played in all 15 of the Giants’ games this season, including three starts, and has six sacks and two forced fumbles. If he doesn’t add to his sack total, it would be his lowest amount since he collected six in 2006.
He says he considers himself a starter and not merely a pass-rush specialist, which is largely how the Giants have used him this season
“I’m not a situational pass rusher,” Umenyiora said. “I think that’s the word that’s been going around me for years because most people don’t know what they’re talking about.
“But there’s no football person who’s going to actually sit there and watch tape and not think that I’m a starter in this league, and I’m 100 percent sure of that.”