EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – These final two games of the season could be Osi Umenyiora's last with the New York Giants. He and offensive tackle David Diehl, both selected in the 2003 NFL Draft, are the longest-tenured members of the team.
But it didn't have to be this way. Even Umenyiora understands that now. Had he not griped publicly about his contract year after year, it might not be expiring at season's end when the 2013 season voids.
"Yes, a lot of regrets. I completely went about it the wrong way," the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end told USA TODAY Sports this week, adding: "Honestly, if I would've handled it differently, it wouldn't even be a question about finishing my career here or not. But I didn't.
"If I would've gone about it quietly and not said anything, I think I would've really got what I wanted. But the fact I came out and was open, speaking and talking all the time, that's what pushed them into this situation."