NFL Trade Speculation: Why the New York Giants Won't Trade Osi Umenyiora

Old AccountSenior Writer IMay 9, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 31:  Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants answers question from the media during Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 31, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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As the defending champion New York Giants begin to prepare for the 2012 season, the speculation will once again begin about defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

For the second straight season, Umenyiora wants to receive an extension from the Giants, and has not been afraid to lash out against Giants general manager Jerry Reese.

However, the likelihood of Umenyiora receiving a contract from the Giants is very slim. The Giants have continued to add plenty of youth to the defensive unit, specifically the defensive front.

Jason Pierre-Paul became the defense's most valuable player last season, recording 16.5 sacks and anchoring a Giants defensive line that heavily contributed to their second Super Bowl in four years.

Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz had breakout campaigns on the Giants offense, and they too will be in line for a new contract in the foreseeable future.

With the uncertainty of Umenyiora's future, the idea of a possible trade has been a popular topic among NFL officials these past few weeks. The leading candidate appears to be the Baltimore Ravens, who lost Terrell Suggs to a partially torn Achilles last week.

The Ravens target Umenyiora last summer, and thus it seemed as a possibility that they could target him again.

However, it would be wise to not expect the Giants to deal Umenyiora this offseason. Umenyiora has no leverage to find a team, and it isn't expected that a team will pay the price for the veteran defensive end.

Umenyiora is entering the final deal of his contract and he is carrying plenty of wear and tear on his body. His injury history certainly won't help his case for a new contract from either the Giants or another team.

What is Umenyiora's value? The Giants won't sell Umenyiora at a low pricetag, as they have all of the leverage. They have no reason to deal the disgruntled defensive end unless they receive at least a second round pick in return.

In the end, it isn't likely that a team will trade a high draft pick for a one-dimensional defensive player that is nearing the end of his peak.


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