• C’mon, can’t disgruntled players come up with new material?  Osi Umenyiora is firmly entrenched in a PR battle with Giants management, and now his latest strategy is to refuse to practice after revealing a knee injury that may need surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
  • This injury of course just flared up now in early August, but the funny thing about journalism and the quotes said to reporters is that they don’t go away, especially in the year 2011 with this new-fangled Internet technology. In the story linked above, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News highlights Umenyiora’s quote from early June:

“I’m ready to go. I haven’t felt like this since 2006 to be honest with you. It’s going to be a great year.”

  • Players wanting to be traded or released certainly isn’t a new concept, but at least Jerricho Cotchery–who was released by the Jets yesterday–was able to keep his offseason desire to be elsewhere quiet until now.
  • The Jets’ departures didn’t end there yesterday, as Braylon Edwards‘ anticipated exit became official when he signed with the 49ers, a team looking for a downfield threat to play alongside Michael Crabtree.
  • The 49ers also fortified a secondary that needed some added muscle, signing safety Donte Whitner.
  • Somewhere hidden amongst the heavenly clouds there really is a football God, and he burns Bengals jerseys nightly. As Cincy Jungle explains, Whitner’s bizarre commitment to the Bengals yesterday before bolting for the Bay Area is just another chapter in a painful Cincinnati offseason.
  • Always an efficient fun vacuum, PFT’s Mike Florio cites a source who says there was no offer for Randy Moss from the Eagles earlier this week.
  • Blogging the Boys tells us why Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett highly values winning the fourth quarter.
  • Larry Fitzgerald‘s contract expires at the end of this year, and Arizona’s clear priority is to sign him to a long-term deal. They should probably get on that, because according to his dad Fitzgerald has always wanted to be a Viking.
  • Now Dolphins fans–or at least a few of them–are chanting “we want Henne!”
  • In addition to signing Whitner, the 49ers also slotted cornerback Carlos Rogers into their secondary on Tuesday. The now former Redskin became infamous for his stone hands, and his departure didn’t upset anyone in Washington. The Washington-based blog Mr. Irrelevant re-posted this video from last October to celebrate…