While scouring the Internet for trade rumors involving Osi Umenyiora and the New York Giants, I came across an interesting scenario involving three teams that would land the Giants a decent backup defensive end and a second-round pick.
- Miami Gets: Kyle Orton
- Denver Gets: Osi Umenyiora
- New York Gets Robert Ayers from Denver and second-round pick from Miami
This obviously works out for Denver and Miami much more than it does for New York, but Giants fans may have to come to terms with the fact that the Giants are not getting a first-round pick for Umenyiora.
Denver would salivate at this deal; they give up their backup quarterback and a defensive end to gain a Pro Bowl-caliber end.
Miami would likely think twice about this deal, but I imagine they would pull the trigger, considering they only have to give up a pick for a starting-caliber QB.
Reuniting Orton and Brandon Marshall would be a thing of beauty; though the Orton trade rumors died down last week, a Denver Broncos beat writer assures that they are not completely dead.
Ayers played in the 3-4 defense in Denver as a linebacker in 2010, but the 6'3'', 274-pound Tennessee product is better suited as a 4-3 defensive end.
The Giants making this trade would give them the flexibility to move Mathias Kiwanuka to linebacker and to start second-year player Jason Pierre-Paul in Umenyiora's place. As much as Umenyiora has brought to the Giants, JPP could be even better.
It's not out of the question to say that Perry Fewell could get a lot out of Ayers' potential—he had a lot of promise coming out of Tennessee and was a first-round pick in 2009.
Adrian Tracy and Ayers would likely back up JPP and Justin Tuck; though the Giants expressed interest in moving Tracy to linebacker, as they place more importance on having multiple pass rushers.
Dave Tollefson has been a reliable backup and special teams contributor, but the Giants gave out his No. 71 at camp already, so it seems unlikely he will return.
This rumor might not be met with much excitement for Giants fans, but what trade rumor involving Umenyiora would? If teams were willing to give up a first round pick, a deal would have been done already.
You cannot compare this situation with how much the Eagles got for Kevin Kolb, either. The NFL is a quarterback's league, and however much you want to call that a cliche, and teams are willing to overpay for guys they believe are franchise quarterbacks.
While Umenyiora will likely have a higher rating in Madden, it means little for his trade value compared to Kolb's.
The best-case scenario is one of two situations; Umenyiora finally shuts his mouth and plays one more year, or the Giants miraculously find cap room and give him a raise.
Yeah, I just got upset a little bit too, because neither one of these scenarios seems very likely.
The situation will be monitored very carefully over the next couple of days. The longer teams get into training camp, the less likely they are going to make a move.
We have to trust Jerry Reese will get the best deal possible, but you better be prepared for disappointment.