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Affidavit: Giants broke promise to Umenyiora

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By PFW staff

Osi Umenyiora stated in a sworn affidavit that the Giants broke promises, likely explaining why he wants out of New York before the 2011 season.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Umenyiora filed the affidavit to be filed in court in Minnesota next month as part of the players' antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. In the affidavit, Umenyiora discusses a meeting with Giants GM Jerry Reese in early April 2008.

"After about an hour of discussing my current contract, as well as the contracts of other defensive ends currently playing in the National Football League, Mr. Reese told me that two years from the start of the 2008 league year, if I was currently playing at a high level, we'd either renegotiate my current contract so that it would be equal to that of the top five defensive ends playing or I would be traded to a team that would do that.

"Before leaving the meeting, I asked Mr. Reese twice if he was absolutely sure that would be the case. He then told me that he was an honest and church-going man and that he would not lie, which I believed to the be the case. Under the penalty of perjury these statements are true and accurate."

This is used as an example of irreparable harm in the NFLPA's lawsuit against the NFL that was filed after the union decertified in March. The Giants declined comment due to the ongoing litigation.

Umenyiora has two years left on his contract that is scheduled to pay him $3.5 million in 2011. The Giants drafted DE Jason Pierre-Paul in ’10 and he had 4½ sacks in his rookie season. Umenyiora, 29, started all 16 games last season, recording 11½ sacks.

The way we see it

Umenyiora does not expect to be with the Giants in 2011, and, according to the report, the veteran has moved out of his New Jersey home and plans to live in the Atlanta area. While the antitrust suit is not expected to get all the way to the courts, the affidavit exposes the Giants and Reese, something that could hurt them in future negotiations.

The timing is a bit odd, as it appears Umenyiora is using the broken promise to ask for a trade. The Giants do have the leverage, though, considering Omenyiora's age and injury history.

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