Reports: Osi Umenyiora Can’t Seek Trade; Patriots Were Interested
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FOXBORO (CBS) – The Giants have informed Osi Umenyiora and his agent that the defensive end can no longer seek a trade, according to a published report.
The report from The Star-Ledger’s Mike Garafolo said the team’s reasoning behind their decision was that Umenyiora’s agent Tony Agnone could not find a team willing to give up a first round pick in a trade with the Giants.
The 29-year-old was originally allowed to seek a trade because of his ongoing contract dispute, and a number of teams were considering a run. The Baltimore Sun and CSNNE.com’s Tom E. Curran both reported that the Patriots were one of those teams.
Umenyiora, who has been at camp since Saturday but has been sitting out with an undisclosed injury, is set to earn a $7.1 million base salary over the next two years combined, a number he feels is way too low.
Umenyiora has 60 sacks in his NFL career, including 11.5 last season. He won Super Bowl in Feb. 2008 with the Giants, who ended the Patriots’ bid for a 19-0 season.