New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is … happy? It has been a long time since that could be said about the two-time Pro Bowler but, with renegotiated contract in hand, Umenyiora showed at at Monday’s OTA and that is the sentiment he expressed.
“I don’t think I was unhappy or disgruntled,” he said to a large group of reporters gathered at his locker. “It definitely appeared that way but it definitely was all business. There were no hard feelings. I understood exactly what they were doing, I understood where they were coming from, and I also knew I had to do what I had to do. Now it’s more of the same and I’m happy to be here; I was happy to be here last year. I love to play and I’m going to go out there and I’m going to continue to produce the way I’ve always done. And help this team win.”
Umenyiora is signed only through the upcoming season and could be a free agent after that.
“I don’t think I’m playing for a contract,” he said. “I’m playing for fun, honestly. I’m playing because I love to play. If you go out there thinking about playing for a contract, the contract will never come. That’s for sure. I’ve made money and I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be around with my teammates.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen next year. I might have a great year and decide to stay instead, no matter what it is they offer me. You just have to play for fun and play because you love the game and that’s definitely what I’m doing.”