Giants' Umenyiora agrees to restructured contract

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora hangs out during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI...

New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora hangs out during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis January 31, 2012. (Brent Smith/REUTERS)

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EAST RUTHERFORD. N.J. - The New York Giants have agreed to a restructured contract with defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

Terms of the new deal were not disclosed. He had one year left on his deal worth $3.975 million.

"I appreciate Osi's patience and effort through this process," general manager Jerry Reese said. "We talked it out, and it makes sense for everybody involved. We are very pleased, excited and looking forward to seeing number 72 on the field at Monday's OTA."

Umenyiora has not participated in the team's drills thus far this spring because he wanted a new contract.

"I'm just happy, I'm happy all that's over with," Umenyiora said. "It's time to get back to work."

Umenyiora had 25 tackles and nine sacks in nine games last season for the Giants.

The pass-rushing specialist is a two-time Pro Bowl selection, with 69 sacks in his career, which places him fourth on the Giants' official career list. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder also has 333 tackles in 113 career contests with New York. He has 30 forced fumbles and 13 fumble recoveries. He is the only player in Giants history with three touchdowns on fumble returns.

"This gives me peace of mind, definitely," Umenyiora said. "We just resolved a situation. It really was affecting me in a bad way. Because I didn't like all the negativity that was surrounding the whole situation. I couldn't stand it, because if you know me, you know I'm not that type of person. I'm just happy all that is over with and I'll be there. I'll play out this contract, I'll play this year and I'll play my heart out."


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