Osi Umenyiora Contract Deadlock Continues

giantscoverx-frontThe Osi Umenyiora contract stalemate went on Monday, in spite of a latest suggestion from the Giants, ESPN said.  The team offered the defensive end additional incentives that would take effect if he registered 13 ½ sacks this season.  This is a follow-up suggestion from the team, which gave $2 million value of incentives last week that would max out if he reached 15 sacks.  Umenyiora had 11 ½ sacks season.

Umenyiora answered  by asking for the final year of his seven-year, $41 million contract – 2012 to be wiped out so that he can turn into a free agent after this season.

The agent of Umenyiora, Tony Agnone did not return messages.

In the meantime, Giants co-owner John Mara informed the Star-Ledger that he considers the team and the disgruntled two-time Pro Bowler will work out their differences.

Mara said, “I think it’ll be resolved, and he’ll be a Giant this year.”

DT Marvin Austin missed practice last Monday for the second straight day, but is expected to return Wednesday.  He cramped up after his right hip flexor tightened.

Austin hopes to play on Saturday when the team goes to Carolina for its first preseason game.

Austin played for North Carolina before being released for improper agreement with an agent.

David Baas acknowledged there have been some hiccups in the snap exchange with Eli Manning.  The new center, who played six seasons with San Francisco, took the blame.  Baas said, “With the lockout and everything, everything is really shortened.”

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