Giants permit Umenyiora to explore trade

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, Last Updated: 1:57 PM ET

NEW YORK -- The New York Giants have reportedly given defensive end Osi Umenyiora permission to explore a trade.

According to the New York Daily News, Umenyiora's agent was given the go-ahead to seek a deal. However, ESPN reported the Giants want at least a first-round pick in return for the 29-year-old veteran, who still has two years left on his contract and said Giants general manager Jerry Reese has failed to live up to a promise to renegotiate.

Umenyiora failed to show up at training camp on time, but ended a one-day holdout on Saturday. He is coming off hip surgery in the offseason after posting 11 1/2 sacks with 10 forced fumbles during the 2010 campaign.

The Troy product is entering his ninth year, although he missed the entire 2008 campaign because of a torn knee ligament suffered in the preseason. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has 60 sacks and 28 forced fumbles since the Giants selected him in the second round of the 2003 draft.


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