New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora Actively Discussing New Contract

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Rome wasn't built in a day, and the New York Giants and defensive end Osi Umenyiora aren't likely to come to an agreement on a new contract in that amount of time either. However, it's all about progress and that's exactly what's occurring between Big Blue and the Chief. ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reports that despite the significant gap between the two sides, they have continued actively discussing a new contract for the former Pro Bowler.

Umenyiora has received a lot of support from his teammates recently, with many of them speaking out publicly. It began with Justin Tuck and continued with Mathias Kiwanuka on Wednesday.

"He has been under contract in a bad deal for years now and anybody who looks at the situation would say, ‘Well, this should have been taken care of a long time ago,’” said LB Mathias Kiwanuka. “For whatever reason, it hasn’t. So I understand his frustration.”

The endorsements haven't been lost on Osi, who says it's made this entire situation that much more difficult for him.

“What I’ve heard from Kiwi, and Tuck and JPP, I’ll never forget as long as I live,” Umenyiora said. “That’s exactly why we are champions. Because we have each other’s back. These days you hardly see that kind of loyalty from anybody. I appreciate it, and honestly it makes things that much harder for me. Because those are the people I need to be around.”

Osi has been absent from the voluntary Organized Team Activities (OTAs), but will be expected to attend mandatory veteran mini-camp which begins on June 12th. Whether or not the two sides can bridge the gap in contract talks between now and then may play a large role in him showing up or choosing to be fined.

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