Michael Strahan returned to the New York Giants yesterday, ending a holdout that should have cost the defensive end more than $500,000 in fines levied by the team. The star lineman arrived at Giants Stadium at 4pm yesterday and apparently handled some paperwork before meeting with Head Coach Tom Coughlin and General Manager Jerry Reese. After taking a physical, he left the facility without speaking to reporters; the entire incident lasting a mere 45 minutes.
“Obviously, we are glad that Michael is back, that he wants to be back and that he wants to continue his playing career,” Reese said. “As I have stated several times since the beginning of training camp, Michael Strahan is a Hall of Fame player and we are a stronger team with him.”
Despite leaving the team high and dry throughout training camp and all of the pre-season, the Giants decided to lower the total fine that Strahan was facing. The $14,288 per day penalty was imposed as soon as Strahan missed the first day of camp.
The reason that Strahan gave for missing camp was that he couldn’t decide whether he wanted to return to the Giants for a 15th season or retire. He is the single-season sack leader with 22 1/2*, which he accomplished in 2001. Despite still being considered an elite pass rusher in the NFL, Strahan has only played in 33 out of a possible 48 games the last three seasons and has 18.5 sacks in that time.
Giants fans will watch very closely to see how quickly Strahan returns from being stagnant since January.