Giants Could Tempt Retired Strahan Back—for $8M

With team stung by injury to Umenyiora, defensive end open to NFL return
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2008 2:12 PM CDT
A season-ending knee injury to defensive end Osi Umenyiora could force the New York Giants to lure Michael Strahan out of retirement with a lucrative offer.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Comebacks always have a price tag attached, and for former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, it’d take $8 million to lure him out of his 77-day retirement, a source tells the New York Daily News. "If the Giants make a sincere overture, it's a good chance that Strahan would consider coming back," the source says.

With Osi Umenyiora out of commission for the season thanks to a knee injury, the Giants are hurting on defense—though Strahan, who’s secured a broadcasting gig with Fox for this season, would want more than the $6.5 million he was offered last spring. Strahan’s agent wouldn’t rule out the possibility: “I'm sure Michael is happy with Fox, but he obviously loves the Giants, too.”