Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/27/12

Earlier in the offseason, New York Giants' defensive end Osi Umenyiora signed a restructured contract with the team that called for the tenth-year veteran out of Troy to make $7 million dollars during the final year of his deal. Both the team Osi seemed content with the resolution to the contentious contract negotiations. However, today, former New York Giants' defensive end Michael Strahan had his own thoughts on Osi's contract situation:

// > “To be honest with you, it’s flat-out robbery. If it were me, I would have sat at home and I wouldn’t have played,’’ Strahan said. “That’s just me. I’ve threatened to do that in my time and I ended up getting what I wanted. Osi’s a different mindset than me. I’m probably a little more, ‘I don’t care what people think.’ Throughout his 15 year career, Michael Strahan had his own contract issues with the team. Most notably, before the 2007 season, Strahan sat out almost all of training camp and accrued over $500,000 in fines. Although the he and the team eventually came to an agreement to reduce the fines, Strahan's antics in no way helped his relationship with Big Blue's front office. As Profootballtalk.com astutely pointed out, it makes sense the Michael Strahan would come out against how the Giants have handeld Osi Umenyiora's contract situation. During his time in the NFL, Strahan's agent was Tony Agnone, who coincidentally also represents Osi Umenyiora. Several reports indicate that right before Umenyiora signed his restructured contract with Big Blue, Osi and Agnone had a disagreement over whether Osi whould sign the deal. Agnone wanted Osi to hold out for a long-term agreement, while Osi just wanted to put the situation behind him and get back on to football. The two sides briefly cut ties over the dispute; however, they reinstated their partnership a day later. Although Michael Strahan isn't pleased with how the team has handled Umenyiora's contract situation, the important thing is that Osi is willing to play under his current deal. Strahan is an iconic New York football legend; however, his opinion on this matter is relatively meaningless. His comments will in no way effect Osi's contract situation, but it is interesting to see how some current and former players have not hesitated to come out and support him. Earlier in the offseason, both Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka  also stated their desire for their friend and teammate to be taken care of. With a happy Osi Umenyiora, look for the Giants to once again have one of the most, if not the most talented defensive line's in the league. However, it will be interesting to see how the team handle's Umenyiora's contract situation after his current deal expires after this season. Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101. var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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