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New York Giants Notes: Friday Mixed Bag Edition

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Good morning, fellow Giants fans. The big news this morning is about first round pick Prince Amukamara signing, but there are a few other interesting bits of news floating around out there as they relate to the Giants. Here is a quick roundup:

Osi Umenyiora sits out New York Giants practice with sore knee - ESPN New York
New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora continued to sit out practice on Thursday, but it seems the reason is physical. The team announced that Umenyiora is not practicing "because he says he has a sore knee." Umenyiora has an issue with his meniscus, which can be managed and does not require immediate surgery, a source confirmed. The Wall Street Journal first reported the injury. Umenyiora, who is mired in a contract dispute with the Giants, could opt for surgery, which would likely take four to five weeks of recovery time, according to a source. Umenyiora has not practiced since joining the team Saturday.

I don't know about you, but I wouldn't be surprised one bit if Osi opts for surgery just to stick it to the Giants. I also wouldn't be opposed to Umenyiora signing and turning his aggression on real opponents.

Prince Amukamara, New York Giants agree to deal, sources say - ESPN New York
Not long after they lost a cornerback to injury in practice, the New York Giants finally agreed with first-round pick Prince Amukamara to a four-year deal Thursday night, according to two sources close to the situation. The cornerback, selected 19th overall out of Nebraska, was the last of the first-round picks to sign. Amukamara signed a contract under the same structure as the ones inked by New England Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder (drafted 17th) and San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget (drafted 18th).

Whew. When I heard Amukamara was the only first round pick still not signed, I suddenly had a lump in my throat. Remember how long Michael Crabtree took to sign two years ago? So when news broke last night about Prince reaching agreement, I was ready to party like it's 1999 (thank you, I'm here all week...okay, maybe not).

Travis Beckum doing best to attract attention of New York Giants coaches with Kevin Boss unsigned
He lined up in the slot. He lined up in the backfield and motioned out. On rare occasions, he even lined up at wide receiver. In his first two seasons with the Giants, Travis Beckum played a variety of bit parts in limited action, but this season, he may finally play a larger role. And for the first time in his career, he may actually see snaps at his listed position, tight end.

I know that many of you BBVers have clamored for Beckum to have more of a prominent role. It might finally be time for that.

NFL CBA ratified, includes testing for HGH | The Indianapolis Star |
The NFL's new collective bargaining agreement has been ratified, meaning the 2011 league year is finally underway. Players who signed new contracts or restructured existing deals should now be able to fully practice. Among the final issues that had to be ironed out -- since the NFLPA's recertification -- were drug testing issues and Commissioner Roger Goodell's disciplinary power.

Wait, what? I know Ed reported on Thursday that player rep Kareem McKenzie expected this to be done, but I thought the deal was ratified 11 days ago. Sure, it's just a formality, but again I felt a lump in my throat when I read this. I even thought for a minute that it was an old news story that was re-gurgitated through search engines.

Ahmad Bradshaw thankful for Brandon Jacobs after signing a new contract |
Although Ahmad Bradshaw's four-year deal worth $18 million (and $9 million guaranteed) with the Giants was not as lucrative as he anticipated at the beginning of free agency, it would not have happened had teammate and close friend Brandon Jacobs not restructured his deal.

Well doesn't that make you feel all warm and fuzzy? No more talk about the Dolphins. Oh, but wait....

Tiki Barker works out for Dolphins - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
But the Dolphins aren’t moving to sign Barber right now, and per the report they want to see how their crop of backs perform. That’s the way it could go for Barber for a while as teams get a handle on what they have and begin to construct emergency lists now that free agency is beginning to settle down.

Is the CFL's season over yet?

Jets WR Burress Tweaks Ankle In Practice - Sports News Story - KFOX El Paso
New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress is on the sideline after rolling his left ankle. Burress suffered the injury during Wednesday's practice, although coach Rex Ryan told the New York Daily News that "it's not a significant injury." Burress is expected to miss one or two days of practice, according to the report.

Detroit Lions release LB Zack Follett, who suffered neck injury in 2010 - ESPN
The Detroit Lions released linebacker Zack Follett less than 12 hours after he tweeted he was finished in the NFL. Lions president Tom Lewand said the team released Follett on Tuesday night. The 24-year-old injured his neck in a helmet-to-helmet collision against the New York Giants in October and missed the remainder of the season. He did not participate in contact drills Tuesday, the first day the team was in full pads.

If Follett is really done, this is a sad story but a harsh reality of playing in the NFL. Let's hope Follett is able to resume his career at some point.