In an offseason highlighted by so many positives after winning the Super Bowl in February, reality is starting to set back in if only a little.
Star defensive end Osi Umenyiora told Boomer & Carton of WFAN radio on Wednesday morning that he probably wouldn't play without a new contract.
"Man, I never want to say never. But I just doubt, I seriously doubt that that’s gonna be the case. I doubt that would happen."
When asked how Umenyiora would feel about signing a hypothetical two-year, $9 million guaranteed extension to add onto his current pact, he was non-committal to say the least.
"I don’t know how I’m supposed to (sign that deal). I don’t know how I can," he said. "Obviously, you see Trent Cole doing what he did, signing his extension. You see Robert Mathis, he’s 31 years old, who I feel like I’m just as good as. You see the numbers that they signed, I don’t see how I can sign that deal."
The Giants are in a tough spot because Umenyiora is obviously part of their biggest strength; the defensive line.
With Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, the trio forms a dominating display. However, the salary cap does rear it's ugly head from time-to-time.
It will be a storyline to watch this weekend if a team makes a good offer for Mr. Umenyiora.