Seven and a half years ago, the United States captured Saddam Hussein, who was hiding, literally, in a hole in the ground. To this day, I still remember watching Jon Stewart from the Daily Show making fun of Saddam, who reportedly emerged from the hole, and in English said:
“My name is Saddam Hussein. I am president of Iraq. I want to negotiate.”
Stewart, in some sort of voice that he thought Saddam might sound like, imitated Saddam trying to negotiate his way out of the jam from a position that couldn’t be any weaker.
So, eh, you’ll set me free. I, uh, have a hole. It’s a pretty nice hole. You can lie down in it.
Here’s the video (1:14 mark):
Osi Umenyiora, similarly to Saddam Hussein, had zero leverage. He was in the final year of his deal, and it wasn’t like he was going to sit out the season. He needed to play, and play well if he was expecting to get mega-dollars in his walk year in 2013. His only recourse was to pout the entire season, which he’s been doing anyway for about the last 3 or 4 years.
So what was “not pouting” worth? According to multiple Giants beat writers, about an extra $3 million and no extra years. OK, so whatever. They rid themselves of a headache, Osi is happy again, and they’re out $3 mil. Fine.
But here’s the part that’s crazy. According to Andrew Brandt of National Football Post, the Giants also agreed that they can’t franchise tag him after the 2012 season.
WHAT?!?!? So did the Giants offer Osi an extra $3 million, asking for no concessions in return whatsoever, and Osi said, “Nope. An extra $3 mil isn’t enough. You also need to forfeit the right to tag me after the season.” And the Giants said yes? If Brandt’s report is true, that’s just un-Godly horrific negotiating by Jerry Reese. So to recap (again, if accurate):
|Osi gets:||The Giants get:|
|An extra $3 million.||Um… They get a player who has been bitching for 4 years to stop bitching?|
|The Giants can’t franchise tag Osi in 2013.|