The New York Giants have reportedly told Osi Umenyiora he is not to seek a trade, according to a report on Wednesday morning. Earlier in the week, Umenyiora's agent had been given permission to work out the particulars of a trade on his own, but something changed in the last few days. Umenyiora has been on the block after expressing unhappiness about his contract situation, leading to demands for a trade.
According to Mike Garafolo, the Giants rescinded permission to seek a trade because no teams were willing to give up a first round pick.
The person, who requested anonymity because the talks were to remain private, said the team's reasoning was Umenyiora's agent, Tony Agnone, has been unable to find a team willing to give up a first-round pick. A report in the Baltimore Sun Tuesday said the Giants had lowered their asking price for Umenyiora, though today's decision demonstrates the team's valuation of Umenyiora on the trade market has not changed.
So everyone is back to square one again. No teams were going to give up a first round pick no matter what, and if the Giants truly planned on moving Umenyiora, his price would have to come down. While a second-round pick would be realistic, it now appears the Giants front office are ready to play hard ball in an effort to receive the highest-possible compensation for Umenyiora. It may be a negotiating ploy or the Giants may be serious about keeping their talented defensive end.
We'll be back with more on Umenyiora as it becomes available.