Osi Umenyiora is not happy being a New York Giant. http://www.scoresreport.com/tag/giants-to-release-osi-umenyiora/
If they release him they get nothing for a player who should command something in return and is under contract through 2012. That's why it makes a lot of sense for the Giants to explore trade possibilities.
Now let's say you're Giants GM Jerry Reese and you're trying to figure out how to get the most in return for your disgruntled big name "superstar". Who would overpay for a big name? Who would disregard scouts who think Umenyiora is a one-dimensional third down pass rusher? Who would you call?
You know you're nodding your heads as you read this my fellow Raider fans because you know who Jerry Reese is going to call. You also know that Umenyiora is big, fast and a flashy talent. Does that sound like the type of player Al Davis can say no to? I don't think so either.
So the question is how much does Al give up for his services and can he help the team?
The second part of that question is much easier to answer than the first. There is no doubt if used correctly Umenyiora could make a positive impact on the Raiders d-line. Anyone who watched the Giants-Pats Super Bowl knows what a destructive force that Osi can be. The first part is much tougher. At what cost is it worth to bring in a player who doesn't play the run particularly well to play for a defense that has a problem stopping the run?
I think most teams would probably pony up a third round pick for Osi's services. I also wouldn't be shocked if Al pays a steeper price.
I think Al would give up a second round pick or more to bring in this kind of player. At Al's age the future is now and he will overpay if he thinks a player can help this team right now.
If this somehow did go down it would definitely make the kind of big splash that Al so loves as well. Stayed tuned Raider Nation the time between now and draft day will be interesting indeed!
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