Chris Canty, another key piece of New York's dominant defensive line, told NFL Network's Kim Jones that Umenyiora's absence wasn't a surprise.
Where's Osi? Said a smiling Chris Canty: "It's the offseason, so obviously Osi has a situation. We know he'll be here, ready 2 go" 4 season.- Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) February 14, 2012
Are we in for another spring and summer fueled by Umenyiora-based contract bickering, specialized last offseason?
This time around, the hope is for a resolution, possibly in the form of a new deal.
"There's been a little bit of talk," Giants general manager Jerry Reese told the New York Daily News. "It's on our plate."
â¢ When an obscure player emerges from darkness to star on a Super Bowl-winning team, rest assured: That player isn't far away from contract talks. Reese told the Daily News a contract extension is likely ahead for wide receiver Victor Cruz.
â¢ The Giants are weighing what to do at middle linebacker, with Michael Boley and Keith Rivers slated as possibilities in 2012. Reese was quick to point out Boley spent time there in nickel situations last season.
â¢ Justin Tuck is focused on staying healthy in 2012 and provided an explanation for his troubles in 2011: "Last (offseason) with all the uncertainty around football I may have laxed a little bit," Tuck told the Daily News. "I guarantee that won't happen this year."