NY Giants Osi Umenyiora Ever So Gently Fires His Agent
Professional athletes have busy lives. There’s charity events to plan, appearances to make, commercials to shoot and tweets of varying degrees of interest to send out. All of that in between workouts, meetings with financial planners and agents.
So it’s no wonder that by the time Osi Umenyiora got around to telling his agent he was fired Sports Business Journal’s Liz Mullen had already beat him to the punch.
So Agnone told Mullen, per her tweet, that he had not received a termination notice. Now you can read that as Agnone knowing he was fired but refusing to confirm or you can read it as him being scooped on his own firing.
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Umenyiora later emailed the Star Ledger confirming that he and Agnone had parted after 5 years. According to the paper, a source says Umenyiora fired Agnone early in the off season but rehired him after being assured that Agnone could work out a favorable extension with the Giants. The first firing never made news.
If you try really hard, you can remember a standoff occurring between Umenyiora and the Giants after the lockout ended. It was a weird situation because Umenyiora’s contract seemed to contain some vague language that referenced a raise provided Umenyiora’s play continued to improve. It seemed that each side couldn’t agree about what that meant or whether it happened. What a shocker. Factor in Umenyiora’s age and you can see why ironing out a deal was difficult–though I still think the Giants undervalued Umenyiora to a certain extent.
A few weeks ago Eagles DE Jason Babin tweeted Umenyiora to ask him if he got paid yet to which Umenyiora responded “ain’t happening bruh.” [I guess Babin is unmoved by the ongoing mutual dislike shared by Umenyiora and Babin's teammate RB Lesean McCoy. Defensive players stick together, I guess.]
By now you probably know that Umenyiora was able to come to an agreement with the Giants that presumably includes a raise but not an extension. He apparently got this done without representation. I don’t know the numbers on the contract but I would guess you’re willing to accept a bit less when you don’t have to deduct an agent’s cut.
For Umenyiora’s part he says he’s not currently seeking to replace Agnone.