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Osi Umenyiora to Rejoin Giants Without New Contract, AP Says

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Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Osi Umenyiora, who hasn’t practiced with the New York Giants during a contract dispute, told the Associated Press he’ll rejoin the team today and play this season under the terms of his current deal.

Umenyiora said in an e-mail to AP that his contract hasn’t been reworked and the team’s offer to pay him $7.1 million over the next two seasons isn’t acceptable. He told AP the Giants offered to put undisclosed incentives in his deal.

The 29-year-old Umenyiora has spent his seven-year career with the Giants, recording 60 sacks and 219 tackles. He had 11 1/2 sacks and a career-high 10 forced fumbles last year.

Umenyiora reported to camp July 30 after having offseason hip surgery. The Giants gave his agent permission to seek a trade, provided they got a first-round draft pick in return, and then withdrew the offer. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said yesterday on a conference call that Umenyiora has been cleared by team doctors to resume practicing.

“I don’t know anything just yet,” Coughlin said when asked if Umenyiora would be at practice today. “We certainly expect that, yes. But I don’t know that for a fact.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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