Still hoping there's a chance he'll play for the New York Giants this season, Osi Umenyiora is annoyed he's being portrayed as a bad guy for asking the team to renegotiate his contract.
In an email to The Associated Press on Monday, the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end said he's frustrated that some people are criticizing him because he wants the Giants to rework a contract that will pay him slightly more than $7 million over the next two seasons.
The Giants have refused to redo Umenyiora's deal. However, they have given his agent, Tony Agnone, permission to work out a trade for Umenyiora, who tied Justin Tuck for the team high with 11.5 sacks and had a league-high 10 forced fumbles last season.
Possible suitors for Umenyiora include the Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots and possibly even the Atlanta Falcons, considering how aggressive they have been -- even on the heels of signing free agent Ray Edwards. The Cleveland Browns also are keeping watch over the pass-rush market.