Let me be the first to say the words—Julius Peppers, New York Giant.
Admit it, it has a nice ring to it, but does it make sense?
Justin Tuck had a break out year in 2008 and was selected to his first Pro Bowl. Osi Umenyiora was arguably a defensive player of the year candidate in 2007. According to sources, he should be completely healed from his knee injury by training camp.
In addition, you can't forget about Mathias Kiwanuka, who is a star in the making.
If this is the case, why should the Giants make a priority of signing Peppers?
The 2007 Giants proved that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Too much of a good thing is, in fact, a good thing. With four pass rush defensive ends available at all times, the G-Men, on football's biggest stage, made Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady look ordinary.
Football is a violent game considering sacks are a critical component to winning. What does it mean? I'll tell you what it means—bring on the sacks and violence!
I know Peppers has said he wants to play in a 3-4 defense, but in today's zone blitz, pressure from every direction NFL, does it really matter what the base defense is? If the Giants can convince Peppers he will be let loose on the quarterback play after play, he will jump at the chance to ply his trade in Giants' blue.
The whole world was watching when the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII and they saw that playing for a winner in New York gets you noticed. In the immortal words of Frank Sinatra, if you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere. Peppers won't need his arm twisted. If the Giants make a fair offer, he'll sign.
This begs a question—will the Giants make a fair offer? Giants' fans and coaches remember fondly the feeling of euphoria when they saw Umenyiora, Tuck, Kiwanuka and Strahan lining up, chomping at the bit to see who could get to the quarterback first.
Winning games and job security go hand and hand. Pressuring the quarterback and winning do as well. I think it's fair to say it's in the Giants' best interest to make that fair offer.
It has been said that you win championships behind great offensive and defensive lines. The Giants have arguably the best offensive line in football. Add Peppers to the mix and you could say the same for the defensive line.
Is it too much to hope for? Is it too early to dream? I don't think so. Repeat after me— Julius Peppers, New York Giant.
It's sounding better and better all the time.