Originally posted on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 6/1/12
by Adam Carman, BGB Assistant Editor

Giants fans rejoiced today that Osi Umenyiora, Pro Bowl defensive end and Giants great, has agreed to restructure his contract so that he can remain with the team. As of now, NFL.com has not disclosed terms, but Umenyiora has said, "This gives me peace of mind," and he has signed the new contract. Giants fans have been on Umenyiora's case every time he opens his mouth. Hopefully this gesture will calm them. Osi is a fixture on that defensive line. They were a pretty sorry group of players for the first few games last year and then Osi returned in Arizona and they quickly became one of the best lines in the League. Jason Pierre Paul's breakout season had a great deal to do with this but so did Umenyiora. He's still one of the best pass rushers in the League and a force to be reckoned with.

I can only hope that since Osi has done right by the Giants, the Giants will now do right by him. While the terms have yet to be disclosed, and signs are Umenyiora is happy with them, I cannot help but be suspicious. The Giants are a notoriously frugal (or stingy, depending on your point of view) franchise when it comes to paying their superstars. Osi is not the first Giants player in history to make noise about his contract: Michael Strahan, Lawrence Taylor, Tiki Barber, Leonard Marshall, Plaxico Burress and others have complained and/or held out for more money. Yes, Victor Cruz has nobly said he won't hold out for more money this year, but since he hasn't made much money yet, it's probably as much to do with not being able to pay the fines as anything else. Thinking he deserves more money for outstanding play does not make him less of a team player. Osi has been a phenomenal pass rusher for the Giants over the years. In nine games last year, he racked up nine sacks, then added three and a forced fumble in the playoffs. When offensive lines have to shift players to stop him (or JPP), Tuck, Canty and Joseph have a better chance to spring free, as do the team's linebackers. Tuck doesn't need to be double-teamed--any halfway talented offensive tackle can handle him. Umenyiora and Pierre-Paul need to be. When the terms become public, I hope they pay Umenyiora well because he is an important cog in this Giants defense and if they hope to defend this title, they're going to need him.
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