2011 New York Giants: Three Reasons Why Osi Umenyiora Should Be Let Go

Matthew Wolfe@@DatDudeMKWCorrespondent IIIJune 29, 2011

2011 New York Giants: Three Reasons Why Osi Umenyiora Should Be Let Go

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    New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora has two years remaining on his six-year, $41 million contract. 

    Umenyiora has openly stated that he is unhappy with his contract, and his status with the team remains uncertain. 

    Jerry Reese is in a bit of a bind on this one, as he will be criticized no matter how he handles the situation.

    Signing a superstar and two-time Pro Bowler seems like a no-brainer, right?  Not always.

    Here are three main reasons why the G-Men should part ways with Osi Umenyiora.

He Is Replaceable

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    The New York Giants defensive line is a well-respected one around the league.  Led by six-year pro Justin Tuck, the G-Men ranked fifth in the league in sacks last season, and third in yards lost on sacks.

    While Osi Umenyiora is a major piece of that defensive line, he is replaceable.

    Mathias Kiwanuka has played his fair share of linebacker for the Big Blue, but has the ability to step back into his natural defensive end position if Umenyiora is not retained.

    If Kiwanuka is needed at linebacker, 2010 first-round pick Jason Pierre-Paul is capable of stepping up to take the spot of Osi.

    Bottom line, the Giants' defense can survive without Osi, and would still have an above-average defensive line if he were to leave.

    Defensive line without Osi Umenyiora:  

    Left End - Justin Tuck

    Left Tackle - Barry Cofield

    Right Tackle - Chris Canty

    Right End - Mathias Kiwanuka, Jason Pierre-Paul

He Is Injury-Prone

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    The 30 year-old Umenyiora is entering his ninth season in the league. 

    He has a long list of injuries, mainly his knee and hip, which make him a risk.

    It should not be forgotten that he sat out the entire 2008 season with a knee injury.

    He has done an excellent job recovering from the injury, but it is something to consider when thinking long-term.

    Sure, there are more injury-prone guys out there, but it is a risk the G-Men do not need to take with all of the youth that they have.

    Osi’s age and injury history are definitely big factors that are going to be considered by Jerry Reese in his decision on whether to keep him.

He Is a Distraction

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    Anybody who knows anything about Tom Coughlin knows that he is as old school as it gets.

    The 64-year-old is not afraid to bench or suspend his players if needed.

    Bringing Osi Umenyiora back would be nothing but a distraction to Coughlin’s Giants.

    If he is let go, Coughlin will play the hand he is dealt and continue coaching one of the league’s best defenses. 

    If it hasn’t been made obvious by now, Coughlin does not enjoy unnecessary drama, and that is exactly what Umenyiora is bringing to the organization.

    Osi’s situation is not getting as much publicity as it normally would due to the lockout, but that doesn’t mean its not affecting the team.