NFL Trade Rumors: Asante the Giant? Not at Umenyiora's Expense!

Joseph BarattaContributor IIIAugust 2, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 29: In this 2010 photo provided by the NFL, Asante Samuel of the Philadelphia Eagles poses for an NFL headshot on Thursday, April 29, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles have been on fire lately making trades, signing notable free agent cornerbacks, and trading for notable players as well.

On the other hand, since the end of the lockout the New York Giants have only missed on signing key free agents like Plaxico Burress. The only impact move the Giants made was re-signing Mathias Kiwanuka and Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants have not really done anything to improve their team. I'm not saying that their team has dissolved, but it really hasn't improved.

The Giants brought back quarterback David Carr, renegotiated Brandon Jacobs' contract, cut offensive lineman Rich Seubert and Shaun O'Hara, cut defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, and now they re-signed Michael Clayton the wide receiver who came in for the Giants last year to add more depth to the wide receiving core when Ramses Barden and Steve Smith went down.

A lot of fans were hoping the Giants would bring back Plaxico Burress. The fans also wanted the Giants to sign a playmaking tight end. But the Giants have only signed the uninspiring Ben Patrick.

Now the Giants are having problems with defensive end Osi Umenyiora. Osi's agent has been granted permission to seek a trade. The Giants cannot afford to lose one of the best defensive ends in the NFL.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Marion Barber #24 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball past Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 33-
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With all the moves the Giants are making to bring in athletes like David Carr and Michael Clayton, why are they not using their money to renegotiate Osi's contract? Many people believe Osi's attitude is no longer acceptable for the Giants organization. Who cares?! As long as the guy is a force to be reckoned with, the Giants should not let Umenyiora say "Sayonara".

Not only are the Giants dealing with an unhappy defensive end who either wants a new contract (which he deserves) or a trade to another team, but the Eagles are now having issues with Cornerback Asante Samuel.

The Eagles made a huge impact when they landed free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and traded for former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The addition of these two cornerbacks makes the Eagles a force to be reckoned with this upcoming season. As if the Giants don't have enough problems with both the Eagles' offense and defense. But now football fans beg the question: Will Asante Samuel be an Eagle this season, and will Osi Umenyiora be a Giant?

That raises another question: What if Asante Samuel was a New York Giant?

It doesn't seem like a bad idea. The Giants cornerbacks include Corey Webster, Aaron Ross, Bruce Johnson, Brian Jackson, and Terrell Thomas. Now with the addition of first round pick Prince Amukamara, the cornerbacks appear ready and set for the 2011-2012 season. However Asante Samuel appears to be a problem for Eli Manning and the Giants offense.

If the Giants do pursue a trade for Samuel, that gives the Giants defense an edge. The pro-bowl cornerback would not be a bad fit for the Giants, especially at his position. The Giants cornerbacks were not as productive as many fans hoped last year. With the addition of Samuel, maybe that would change.

But what will the trade for Asante Samuel cost?

If the price is Osi Umenyiora, that would be a terrible mistake. Osi is one of the best defensive ends in the game. Despite cowardly twitters from an Eagle's running back, Umenyiora is not overrated. The Giants need to strike big, the season does not look lost but it does not look good for the Giants either. The New York Giants must stop wasting their time and money on guys like David Carr and Michael Clayton and focus on ways to get Asante Samuel, but not at Umenyiora's expense. The signing of David Carr and Michael Clayton were not terrible moves, but they weren't good ones either.

Why are the Giants not using the money they spent to sign players like David Carr, Michael Clayton, and Ben Patrick to help them renegotiate Osi's contract and put this issue behind them? Do the Giants want Umenyiora out of their lives? If they do that would be the second biggest mistake the Giants' organization has done. The first being releasing Plaxico Burress, then not re-signing him. 

The Giants need to pick it up, and start making big plays both in the season and the off-season. Come pre-season New York is going to see what Big Blue is offering. The Eagles however are not stupid, they're gonna want something big from the Giants. That's fine, but the Giants won't give up Osi for Samuel. The Giants don't want to risk that. What's it gonna take to make Asante Samuel, a New York Giant?

Bottom Line: Bring back Osi Umenyiora, and trade for Asante Samuel.