The Giants have given the agent for defensive end Osi Umenyiora a window of opportunity for finding a trade partner.
Eventually, that window will close.
“It’s not going to be long now,’’ agent Tony Agnone told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.
Agnone told Schwartz that he has spoken to 21 teams about a possible trade. “Just trying to convince them to give up that elusive first-round pick,’’ Agnone said. “Still working on it.’’
An equal if not bigger impediment surely will be finding a team willing to give Umenyiora a contract in the same ballpark as the one signed last week by Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson. A one-year full-time starter, Johnson parlayed 11.5 sacks into a six-year, $76 million deal, with a $30 million signing bonus and a total of $32 million guaranteed.
“How does a guy who had one good year [no disrespect to Charles Johnson] sign a deal and make more than both me and [Justin] Tuck combined?” Umenyiora wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press on Monday. “It’s not right.”
What Umenyiora apparently doesn’t realize is that public complaints of this nature won’t do much to soften up a new team’s wallet. Umenyiora has been unhappy with his current deal since not long after he signed it. Even if Umenyiora is content with his new contract if he ever gets to a new city, it’s fair for his prospective new team to wonder what else he’ll complain about — especially if he receives the kind of contract that makes him essentially bulletproof.
Bottom line? He has about as much of a shot at Charles Johnson money asAhmad Bradshaw had at getting DeAngelo Williams money.
And as to Umenyiora’s assertion that contracts aren’t a two-way street, with teams able to walk away but players forced to stick it out, that’s an issue the players could have pursued in the recently-completed CBA talks. But the players have recently reaffirmed their commitment to the system about which Umenyiora is complaining, and Umenyiora specifically signed off on the one-way nature of player contracts when he applied his John Hancock to the settlement of the Brady class action lawsuit.
That makes it very hard for his complaints to gain any traction whatsoever.