Still hoping there’s a chance he will play for the New York Giants, two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora is annoyed he is being portrayed as a bad guy for asking the team to renegotiate his contract.
In an email to The Associated Press on Monday, Umenyiora said he is frustrated some people are criticizing him because he wants the team to rework a contract that will pay him slightly more than $7 million over the next two seasons.
The Giants have refused to redo Umenyiora’s deal. They have given his agents permission to work out a trade for the 29-year-old who tied for the team high with 111/2 sacks and had a league-high 10 forced fumbles last season.
“I hope there is a chance,” Umenyiora said of staying with the Giants. “But who knows?”
The nine-year veteran, who held out for the opening day of training camp, noted that teams don’t hesitate to cut players after they are injured, or to ask them to take pay cuts when their roles are reduced. He also said they should reward players who are being underpaid.
The Giants cut veteran starting offensive linemen Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert last week, and had running back Brandon Jacobs, who lost his starting job to Ahmad Bradshaw, rework his contract to take less money.
“It’s just frustrating to see how people react to one thing, and not the other,” Umenyiora said. “Just be fair.”
Umenyiora said Giants general manager Jerry Reese agreed to redo his contract if he had a good season in 2010. Reese has refused to discuss what he said to Umenyiora.
CORNERBACK BUCHANON SUSPENDED FOR 4 GAMES
Washington cornerback Phillip Buchanon will be suspended for the first four games of the season, coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday.
Shanahan declined to reveal the reason for the suspension, which was issued by the NFL, but said he knew about it before Buchanon was re-signed.
League spokesman Greg Aiello also declined to comment, saying “We’re not announcing any suspensions at this point.”
Cleveland Browns punter Reggie Hodges tore his Achilles’ tendon Tuesday and will be out for the season. … Houston Texans All-Pro receiver Andre Johnson will miss “a day or two” of practice after dislocating his left index finger in a morning workout. … David Harris signed a new four-year deal worth $36 million, with a guarantee of $29.5 million, an NFL record for an inside linebacker, according to a source. … The Eagles agreed to contract terms with veteran running back Ronnie Brown. … Running back Jerious Norwood has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the St. Louis Rams. … The Bengals have signed free agent guard Max Jean-Gillis to a one-year deal. … New Orleans has agreed to terms with its top draft choice, defensive end Cameron Jordan, and veteran tight end David Thomas. The team also agreed to a contract with defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin. … The Colts signed their first-round pick, left tackle Anthony Castonzo, and free agent linebacker Ernie Sims. … The Houston Texans have signed free-agent punter Brad Maynard. … The Baltimore Ravens and veteran center Casey Rabach have agreed to terms on a two-year contract. … The Chicago Bears and free agent tight end Desmond Clark have agree to a one-year contract. … The Minnesota Vikings released left tackle Bryant McKinnie.