"Me and Jerry are cool, man," Umenyiora said, via the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano. "We've always been cool. Jerry's my guy. Obviously if it wasn't for him, I probably wouldn't even be here, because obviously the team did a comprehensive amount of research on me and my background because of some of the things that have been reported. They wanted to know what type of person I was. So obviously they had to talk to Jerry Reese as well as my coach, and they had nothing but positive things to say."
The tension between the two stems from Umenyiora signing in 2005 a seven-year contract that he always thought was too low. During the lockout, the two-time Pro Bowl player accused Resse of backing out of a promise to give him a raise or trade him. Afterward, Umenyiora, according to reports, said he'd never speak to Reese again.
Why not make nice, at least publicly?
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