Just when you thought that maybe, just maybe, there was a sliver of a chance that Osi Umenyiora and the New York Giants could mend their tattered relationship Umenyiora has left no doubt that the divide between himself and general manager Jerry Reese is as wide -- maybe wider -- than ever.
Mike linked to Umenyiora's comments this morning. Here is the money quote from Osi:
"Last year I was offered incentives. This year they offered me in guaranteed money, HALF of what they just gave Kiwi guaranteed. HALF," Umenyiora wrote. "I'm not making that up. Then Jerry tells the world they offered me an extension and I turned it down. And I look like a greedy pig for turning it down. Hilarious."
These remarks, of course, came on the heels of Reese saying some things over the weekend that sounded conciliatory to the general public. Here is what Reese said:
"All options are open with respect to that. Our first choice with respect to Osi is that he will play for the Giants and retire as a Giant. That is what we would like to happen. Osi has been offered an extension two years in a row now. So we would still like to make it work. Hopefully it will work out. But all of our options are always open."
Conciliatory and hopeful? On the surface they seem that way. To Umenyiora, however, they apparently sounded like fingernails on a blackboard.
As I wrote the other day I thought there was a chance the Giants would trade Umenyiora during the draft -- and we know Umenyiora thought the same thing. Considering that there obviously has not been a thaw in the Reese-Umenyiora relationship you still have to wonder if the talented, yet perennially unhappy defensive end will be a Giant when the 2012 season begins.
Reese might say he hopes Umenyiora will "retire as a Giant." It seems, though, like it will take divine intervention for that to happen.