Defensive end Owa Odighizuwa shows up at Giants voluntary offseason workout

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Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants began their voluntary offseason workout program Tuesday. Among those in attendance was defensive end Owa Odighizuwa.

Odighizuwa, 25, made headlines earlier this month when one of his Twitter posts suggested he was ready to call it a career.


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He posted “at the point and time I believe it’s in my best interest to take some time to get away. I truly apologize that it has to be made known like this.”

Odighizuwa posted a retraction a day later. “Hey everyone I truly appreciate y’all thoughts and concerns. I’m doing great and grateful to be a part of BIG BLUE.”

Odighizuwa’s teammates were happy to see him.

“I just let him know I was here if he needed anything,” said defensive end Romeo Okwara. “You never know what people are struggling with, you never know the full story, so I just reached out and let him know I was there for him.”

The Giants began their voluntary offseason workouts without defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. Hankins signed a free agent deal to join the Indianapolis Colts.

Hankins’ absence was not lost on Okwara.

“Hank was one of the first guys when I got here to take me under his wing,” Okwara said. “He had a couple of younger d-lineman out, when I first got here, to dinner at his house. Anything can happen, especially in the offseason when guys are fighting for contracts.

“We have a lot of great D-tackles. Jay Bromley and Rob Thomas, they’re still here and they’re definitely going to be able to fill in.”

The team also announced defensive end Kerry Wynn will return. Wynn, a restricted free agent, will sign a contract tender that will pay him $1,79 million in 2017.

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