Obviously New York Giants captain Justin Tuck wants his friend Osi Umenyiora back on the team for the 2012 season and beyond, but he also thinks Osi deserves to get paid for his production on the field.
Tuck said as much about his friend on Jim Rome’s new show ROME on the CBS Sports network.
“It’s hard. He’s signed a contract and I believe in abiding by that contract, but also I think he’s outplayed that contract in today’s market. And how some of these defensive ends are getting paid lots of money, I think he deserves to get paid.”
It should come as no surprise that Tuck would come to the defense of Osi. The two have played together for seven years. Tuck knows the chemistry he and Osi share on the field is unique and helps the Giants win games.
“He’s very important. He is a great defensive end, and has had a very successful career with the Giants. We know each other very well, know how to play off each other, had a lot of success together. So obviously, I’m rooting for him to end his career as a Giant.
When the Giants first reported for OTAs last week—the first of voluntary sessions for both vets and rookies—Osi was a no-show and continues to be. He is scheduled to make close to $4 million this season, but has made it very clear he thinks he deserves an extension.
However, the Giants have a quandary on their hands because Osi also said publicly he is not a backup. Well, how does he expect to get paid by this team when they have two starting caliber defensive ends ahead of him? Now Jerry Reese must be questioning the effort he would get from Osi should they pay him well, but continue to use him in a rotational aspect.
Honestly, Osi should just shut up and play; it’s not like he is getting any less playing time as a backup. The Giants slide Jason Pierre-Paul inside a ton and Osi still sees a majority of the defense snaps.
The best-case scenario for the Giants would be signing him to a three year extension, but not breaking the bank to do so. Osi makes the Giants better, but it’s not like they couldn’t survive without him.
Jeff is an NFL Featured Columnist for RantSports.com.
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