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Osi Umenyiora Won’t Hold Up the New CBA

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 19: Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants looks on against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 38-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

By all accounts, the NFL lockout will be over any day now, surely leading to a chaotic free-agent signing period, and, soon enough, actual football. (The NFLPA will reportedly vote on a new CBA today.) But before everyone can cross the T's and dot the I's on a new CBA, the players' antitrust lawsuit against the league — Brady v. NFL — must be settled. And as one of the ten plantiffs named in the suit, Osi Umenyiora, if he chooses, could block a settlement. But the News reports that Umenyiora, according to a source, isn't looking to use his leverage and won't block any settlement, though he'll likely receive some sort of financial compensation. That said, Umenyiora still isn't happy with his contract — he says Jerry Reese told him in 2008 he'd rip it up and give him a new, more expensive one if he was still playing at a high level two years later, or at least trade him to a team willing to give him such a deal — and the News report suggests Umenyiora could consider a holdout. Fingers crossed we'll see football players on the field soon enough. When we'll see Umenyiora, however, remains a separate question. [NYDN]

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