Who knew all Osi Umenyiora had to do was fire his agent to finally get the raise he has been seeking for 2 seasons now.
According to nfl.com and Albert Breer, The defensive end will get a $2 million raise bumping his 2012-13 salary up from $4.7 million to $6.5 million.
Umenyiora and the New York Giants have gone through some contentious negotiations over the past few seasons.
There were constant threats of a hold-out, harsh words by both sides, and Umenyiora up until this point had stayed away from off-season OTA’s.
Osi acknowledge and admitted that if he was the Giants general manager he would have taken care of deals for Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul, which expire after the 2013 and 2014 seasons, respectively.
Umenyiora in a “Jerry Maguire” moment fired his long time agent Tony Agnone because he would not allow the defensive end to accept an offer he believed to be below market value.
“He’s great, man,” Umenyiora told ESPN on Monday. “Obviously he’s negotiated a lot of big-time contracts with other players who are in a similar situation as myself. He didn’t feel like this was acceptable. After that, I had to move and get this deal done, and then hopefully after this situation on whatever it is going forward, he’ll be my agent and continue to represent me.”
I applaud Umenyiora for having the guts to make his own choice about whats best for him. to many times athletes allow their representation to make decision that don’t benefit them in the long run.