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New York Giants: Why Trading Osi Umenyiora to the Ravens Would Make Sense

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01:   Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants looks on against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Doug RushSenior Analyst IMay 4, 2012

The New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens both have an issue they need to address.

For the Giants, they have a disgruntled defensive end in Osi Umenyiora, who would like nothing more than a trade out of town.

For the Ravens, they just lost linebacker Terrell Suggs to a torn Achilles tendon, which means he's out indefinitely, if not for the entire 2012 season.

The Ravens could use someone to take the place of Suggs, who was a fearsome rusher on defense for Baltimore, and this is where both teams could match up.

A trade sending Umenyiora to the Ravens would make sense for both sides.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports wrote in his column on Thursday that a deal definitely makes sense, especially for the Ravens to make.

For Baltimore, they would be picking up a top-notch defensive end who could bolster an AFC contending team that has Super Bowl hopes.

Umenyiora only has one year left on his current deal and would be looking for one final pay-day, so in his contract year, you might see Umenyiora turn into an unstoppable force on defense, which would certainly benefit Baltimore.

For the Giants, they would be ridding themselves of a guy who clearly wants a fresh start in his career and clearly doesn't get along with Giants general manager Jerry Reese.

The Giants already have Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka at the defensive end spot, and all of them are top-notch pass rushers who can pick up double-digit sack totals.

The last time the Giants got rid of disgruntled players, both Tiki Barber and Jeremy Shockey left, and in the end, the organization benefited in the long run because their bad attitudes and selfishness weren't holding the Giants down anymore.

Umenyiora's attitude isn't something the Giants need to have in their locker room, and if by trading him to Baltimore is what they need to do to rid themselves of it, then so be it.

In the past, I have defended Umenyiora because as a player, I've always liked him. As a defensive end, there are points where he is one of the best in the NFL.

It's also why I said they should have given him a contract extension for a few more seasons.

But as a person, Umenyiora can come off as a jerk. In this contract dispute, he's absolutely come off as a jerk in it, and it seems like every time Osi does an interview, he makes the situation between him and Reese even worse.

So, as much as I'd hate to see him on another team, much less one that could be a contender to win a Super Bowl, if the Giants have a chance to get a good deal from Baltimore for Umenyiora's services, they need to jump on it as soon as possible.

Hopefully, the drama between the Giants, Reese and Umenyiora will all end soon and with the potential end of a trade taking place.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.

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