NFL: Chris Johnson for Osi Umenyiora? Why Both Teams Should Consider a Trade

Jeffrey SchmidtCorrespondent IIIAugust 7, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 09:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL game at LP Field on December 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Holdouts have become a common practice in the National Football League, which is not good news for general managers. Holdouts usually occur two years to three years after a player's rookie contract when they have one year remaining on their deal. 

This season has produced multiple holdouts, including some household names. 

DeSean Jackson, Chris Johnson and Osi Umenyiora are the three biggest names that have expressed concern with their current deals, and rightfully so. 

Chris Johnson is scheduled to make $800,000 this season, which is what he should be making per game. Umenyiora's contract has him earning $3.125 million for this upcoming season, but he wants a deal which is in the neighborhood of Carolina's Charles Johnson. 

Neither the Giants or Titans want to budge on their current stances, so why not swap players?

This is just pure speculation, but I think that it could work out for both teams.

The signing of Ahmad Bradshaw makes things a little more complicated for the Giants, but they do have a trade piece in Brandon Jacobs

My proposed trade would send Chris Johnson and a fifth-round pick to the Giants, for Osi Umenyiora, Brandon Jacobs and a second & third-round pick. 

The deal would provide the Giants with a huge playmaker that would force defensive coordinators to pick their poison, while at the same time give the "Dream Team" some nightmares.  

The Titans would receive a Pro Bowl defensive end, while also bringing in a quality running back that has proved he can be the No. 1 guy.

The trade seems to make sense for both parties, and it would give Chris Johnson a huge market to shine in. Osi would be the the best player on the Titan defense, and would provide Derrick Morgan with someone to learn from and grow under. 

The chances of this deal going through are slim, but with both players extremely unhappy; it could be the only option.