Player stats—like a bikini—don't show everything, and it'll be paramount for the New York Giants front office to do its due diligence when exploring defensive ends who can replace Osi Umenyiora.
Publicly, Giants co-owner John Mara is keeping the door open a crack on Umenyiora, but privately, he and fans know that the door is closed, locked and the key is gone. When asked if Umenyiora has played his final game as a Giant, Mara said via ESPN.com:
I don't know about that. We'll see what happens. I would love to have him back. He's been a great player for us. He's a great guy. He's been a huge part of our two Super Bowl wins, but there are economic considerations, and we'll just have to see what happens.
Translation: Thank you for your 10 years as a Giant, but we're $9.15 million over the salary cap, and unless you're willing to take the veteran minimum to stay, we have other free agents on this team more deserving of a sizable contract than you.
As March 12 marks the start of free agency and April 25 is the first day of the NFL draft, let's take a look at the three free agents and two draft prospects that would make a lot of sense as Osi's replacement.