If Osi Umenyiora
wants to leave the Giants
, he now has permission to find the door.
The agent for the disgruntled defensive end was officially given permission to seek a trade, if that's what he wants, according to two sources familiar with the situation. Umenyiora's agent, Tony Agnone
, began making phone calls to other teams on Monday, the source said. The Giants are looking for "at least" a first-round pick in the trade, which was first reported by ESPN
. And according to one of the sources, the Giants may not be inclined to settle for less.
The Giants don't particularly want to trade the 29-year-old Umenyiora, but the situation between him and the organization appears to have reached a breaking point, despite what Tom Coughlin said was a "good" conversation
on Saturday night between Umenyiora and GM Jerry Reese
. According to a source close to Umenyiora, he used the conversation to simply reiterate his demands that Reese honor a promise to renegotiate his contract or trade him.
Umenyiora has two years and $7.1 million remaining on his deal, which is far below market value for a Pro Bowl
defensive end. In fact, that market has exploded in recent years. A few days ago, the Carolina Panthers
re-signed defensive end Charles Johnson
to a six-year, $72 million contract with $21 million in guaranteed money. Johnson, entering his fifth year, had 11-1/2 sacks last season - the same total as Umenyiora had last season.