Osi Umenyiora: Teams That Should Seek His Services from the Giants
The New York Giants have themselves a disgruntled employee on their hands with Osi Umenyiora. New York is allowing Umenyiora and his agent to pursue a possible trade but the team wants a first-round pick in return.
This isn't possible, not because Umenyiora's value isn't first-round worthy to some teams but because organizations view draft picks third round or higher of great value. Also adding to the unlikeliness of first-round pick compensation is that Umenyiora wants a new deal.
A team will be willing to pay Osi in a new contract but not a high trade pick in return. Only teams that consider themselves contenders will negotiate a deal for the 29-year-old pass rusher that relies on speed to get around the edge.
A deal will only get down if the Giants step down from their current asking price. One of the few following clubs should give the Giants a package of draft picks and current players for Osi Umenyiora.
The team did sign Ray Edwards from Minnesota, but the coaches limited John Abraham's snaps last year to preserve him and make what plays he was in for count. Josh Freeman and Cam Newton are quarterbacks that require athletic defensive ends to keep them in the pocket as much as possible. Having Drew Brees in the conference would also verify the move.
The Falcons are ready to win now as evident by the stockpile of draft picks they gave up for Julio Jones.
Baltimore has one elite pass rusher in Terrell Suggs while their division counterpart in Pittsburgh has LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison. Ben Roethlisberger takes more guys to bring him down than Joe Flacco or any other quarterback in the entire NFL for that matter.
The defense is still the best aspect of the Ravens and it's a veteran unit. Jimmy Smith, the talented cornerback from Colorado, has been added via the draft. Now it's time for the front end to be upgraded. The front office needs to place its chips in the middle of the table in order to win now or lose again early in the playoffs.
New York Jets
Rex Ryan has enough depth at the cornerback position without Nnamdi Asomugha. Now it's time for Tannenbaum to get defensive line help, especially if the reliable Shaun Ellis isn't re-signed. Guaranteeing Super Bowls means doing everything possible to at least make the trip to Indianapolis.
Cromartie will be able to make more plays if he doesn't have to hold up in coverage for as long. The Giants wouldn't be thrilled about sending him to the green side, but the two teams are in different conferences so it shouldn't deter a deal.
New England Patriots
Bill Belichick has already taken on Albert Haynesworth from the Redskins but that deal was for a fifth-round pick. The Patriots appear to be switching to more 4-3 and they released Tully Banta-Cain, their leader in sacks from 2010.
There is no way that Belichick would give up more than a third-round pick for Umenyiora because the Patriots won't give him a new contract. Belichick would convince Umenyiora to play hard for the remaining two years on his deal so he could eventually get a new contract.