Osi’s delusional email

There’s probably a good chance you’ve read Osi Umenyiora’s email to the Associated Press, which fell into the hands of The Blue Screen’s Ralph Vacchiano. If you haven’t, it’s certainly worth the read, with Vacchiano’s comments in parentheses.  My favorite line from Osi’s rambling:

“The fact is in the business we are in, if you get injured, or they feel like you under-performed, they cut you without hesitation. But if you clearly out-play your contract and ask for something to be done, you’re a bad guy and not a team player. It’s ridiculous.

Now, I can agree that players have every right to be peeved by teams being able to cut bait with declining/unhealthy players, but Umenyiora is delusional if he thinks he has “clearly outplayed his contract.”  ‘Clearly,’ Osi?  Well, let’s take a look.

Osi signed his deal the day before Christmas back in 2005, so I thought it might be interesting to compare him to other players around the league that played during the 5-year span between 2006-2010.  I included 3-4 OLB’s, as they play a very similar position as a 4-3 DE, and omitted 3-4 DE’s, as they play more like 4-3 DT’s.  Also, while sacks aren’t the end-all be-all for DE’s/OLB’s, it’s probably the easiest way to sort this list, so that’s the order that you see here.  The list:

Player Games possible Games played Tackles Tackles per games possible Tackles per games played Sacks FF
DeMarcus Ware 80 80 364 4.6 4.6 72 22
Jared Allen 80 78 305 3.8 3.9 63 15
Trent Cole 80 79 331 4.1 4.2 52 10
John Abraham 80 71 163 2 2.3 49 15
Julius Peppers 80 78 243 3 3.1 48.5 19
Robert Mathis 80 74 242 3 3.3 48.5 19
Mario Williams 80 77 230 2.9 3 48 10
Shaun Phillips 80 77 321 4 4.2 45.5 15
James Harrison 80 74 398 5 5.4 45 25
Aaron Kampman 80 64 282 3.5 4.4 44.5 5
Joey Porter 80 74 258 3.2 3.5 44 8
Dwight Freeney 80 70 127 1.6 1.8 43 18
Elvis Dumervil 80 61 129 1.6 2.1 43 10
Tamba Hali 80 79 286 3.6 3.6 41.5 18
Jason Taylor 80 77 224 2.8 2.9 40 19
Justin Tuck 80 70 277 3.5 4 39.5 16
Will Smith 80 77 266 3.3 3.5 39 10
Terrell Suggs 80 77 340 4.25 4.4 38 9
Osi Umenyiora 80 59 160 2 2.7 37.5 20

And for good measure, here are a few more players that haven’t been around since 2006, but have sack numbers that project to be better than Osi’s over a 5-year span.

Player Games possible Proj games played Proj tackles Tackles per games possible Tackles per game played Projected Sacks Projected FF
Clay Matthews 80 77.5 277.5 3.5 3.6 58.75 7.5
Cameron Wake 80 75 200 2.5 2.7 48.75 10
LaMarr Woodley 80 75 232.5 2.9 3.1 48.75 8.75
Brian Orakpo 80 77.5 265 3.3 3.4 48.75 5
Carlos Dunlap 80 60 120 1.5 2 47.5 0

Obviously, Osi missed an entire season when he tore his ACL during the 2008 preseason, which hurt his numbers.  Fair or not, injuries and missed time affect what you’ll be paid in the NFL – Not really saying anything groundbreaking there.  But it should be noted that only two players on these lists didn’t miss a single game due to injury over the past 5 years (DeMarcus Ware played in all 80, and Trent Cole only missed the Week 17 game last year vs. Dallas because the Eagles were already locked into the 3 seed).

It should also be noted that Osi’s ability to force fumbles is excellent, as only Ware and James Harrison have more.

But there are (24) 4-3 DE’s or 3-4 OLB’s in the NFL that either have more sacks or project to have more sacks than Umenyiora since he signed his contract extension 5 years ago.  Look at the number of tackles.  They confirm what our eyes tell us when watching the Giants – that Osi is completely one-dimensional.

So, has Osi “clearly outplayed his contract?”  Not even close.


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  2. […] Umenyiora says Jerry Reese broke a promise to re-do his contract.  The numbers, however, say that Umenyiora is far from a Top 5 DE, at least during the time frame of the of the $41 million deal he signed on Christmas Eve in […]

  3. deg0ey says:

    Whilst his claims that he has outplayed his contract are ludicrous, if you compare the guys on a ‘per game played basis’ his pass rush winds up not too bad (8th in sacks per game and 1st in FFs per game) but his play against the run still leaves a lot to be desired (16th in tackles per game of the 19 guys you listed stats for).

    Not great, by any means, but in my view he’s holding his own amongst these guys; his contract is probably about right where it is.

  4. BBI says:

    According to NFL.com, since 2005 (so yes, I’m including his numbers before Christmas 2005 but staying in the same year), Osi has 52 sacks.

    Interesting….52 sacks. He played in 59 games. Lets hear it again, 52 sacks…in 59 games.

    Sack totals:

    2005 -14.5 sacks
    2006 – 6.0 sacks
    2007 – 13.0 sacks
    2009 – 7.0 sacks (no doubt affected by his ACL tear recovery)
    2010 – 11.5 sacks

    Wow, Osi definitely sucks.

    1. BBI says:

      disregard the 59 games. Derp moment by me. Make that 70 games, I believe since he was benched for 5 and missed 5. Or count it as 75 games, if you want to count his benched games. Regardless, he’s more of a pass rushing monster than people think.

    2. Last 5 years is 2006-2010. We’re talking about the time period between when he signed his contract and now. Read post.

    3. And who’s saying he sucks? I’m just saying he hasn’t “clearly outplayed” his contract.

  5. brisulph says:

    I am going to quote a friend of mine from high school… “What a tool bag.” Osi, you are a fool, and just hurting yourself more than anything at this point.

  6. Tracer Bullet says:

    Damn, Osi is WORTHLESS against the run.

    Dwayne Freely.

  7. 2throwd says:

    Clay Matthews looks like a roid freak to me, I’m thinking that he won’t be as healthy down the stretch.

    Brian Cushing’s friend.

  8. Wilddre22 says:

    Hey jimmy, don’t want to break up the giant bashing party ya got going on over here, but how about some of that giant tc coverage you promised us? It’s starting to feel like BGN2 over here. 🙂

    1. Ha, yeah, I’m going to be at Timex tomorrow, I think. The Eagles’ free agent explosion happened, and that sort of took precedence.

      1. Wilddre22 says:

        Hehehe yeah what do you think your forming, the Justice League?

  9. Stephen says:

    Jimmy… we neeeeeeeed our fix of TC news…

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  10. Jason-E says:

    No matter how many times I see that pic, I still laugh every time.

  11. nzflyer says:

    @Glen Danzig

    Well then lets pay him like those guys if that’s what he wants to be compared to. It’s easy to look like a big fish in a small pond. If he wants to get paid like an elite player, that’s who he has to be compared to.

    P.s You would be the worst agent ever if that was your argument for him to be paid more.

    1. Luke. says:


      I take it you are not familiar with the word Sarcasm?

  12. Glen Danzig says:

    I think you are completely mis-reading the stats. Compare Osi to guys like Dave Tollefson and Reggie Torbor and suddenly things look a bit different.

    Warmest regards,

    Usi (definitely not Osi)

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