Osi Umenyiora: 5 Teams the Aging Defensive End Could Get Over The Hump
Osi Umenyiora's time with the New York Giants might be coming to an end.
Umenyiora demanded a trade this offseason, and while the Giants agreed to let him look for suitors, no one has yet been willing to meet their asking price.
If Umenyiora can manage to slip out of town, here are five NFC teams he could help take to the next level.
Imagine having Osi Umenyiora alongside Nick Fairley (although he is currently injured), Kyle Vanden Bosch and Ndamukong Suh. Now that's what I call a defensive line.
With how often those four would be pressuring the quarterback, the coverage would only need to stay tight for a few seconds. The Detroit Lions still need a few pieces on offense and defense to be serious contenders, but with a D-line like that, they wouldn't need much.
I already expect the Lions to make some noise this year, and with Umenyiora, they would make even more.
The Falcons won the NFC South last season, and while the New Orleans Saints will certainly be in the mix, the Falcons have a good shot at doing it again.
I know they just signed Ray Edwards, but why not add another pass-rusher? A rotation that consisted of Edwards, Umenyiora and John Abraham would wreak havoc on the opposition.
Plus, with the addition of Umenyiora, the Falcons would be one of the deepest teams in the NFL at defensive end.
Drafting Julio Jones is going to make Matt Ryan and the Falcons' offense all the more potent, and getting Umenyiora for the defense would bring the Falcons that much closer to their ultimate goal.
The Chicago Bears defense is already good, but Julius Peppers and Umenyiora playing together would be fun to watch.
Israel Idonije has been a great surprise for the Bears, although, is having three excellent pass-rushers really a problem? The Bears aren't quite as strong in the middle of their line, but Umenyiora, Peppers and Idonije would be enough to make up for any type of deficiency.
If Cutler could avoid handing over points with turnovers, the Bears wouldn't be giving up many at all.
Rob Ryan would love to have a weapon like Umenyiora at his disposal. Umenyiora would come in and help the defense immediately, and his presence would have a chain effect.
The Cowboys need to get some pressure on the quarterback this season from someone other than Demarcus Ware, and Umenyiora is the answer to that prayer.
Mike Jenkins and Terrence Newman know more than anyone, they can't afford to cover wideouts for long periods of time or there is a danger of consistently giving up big plays.
If the Cowboys got another pass rusher in Umenyiora, their whole defense would benefit.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass-rush wasn't very good last year, but it does look like it has gotten a lot better this season.
The Buccaneers spent their first two picks of the draft on defensive ends, Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers, but that doesn't mean they don't need Umenyiora.
If not for anything else, Umenyiora could share playing time while he mentors the two.
An impressive 2010-2011 season has the Buccaneers on the edge of serious success, and with a little veteran savvy to help bring along the younger guys, the Buccaneers could be a dominant team in no time at all.