UMENYIORA REPLACING SUGGS UNLIKELY
"It's not hard to connect the dots following TerrellSuggs' torn Achilles'
The BaltimoreRavens need a pass
rusher, and New York Giants general manager
Jerry Reese sounded like he was open to the possibility of trading Osi Umenyiora in comments
made after the draft. To make it even juicier, The Baltimore Sun and the New
York Daily News reported last year that the Ravens showed interest in Umenyiora
for a possible trade.
Sounds like a match made in speculation heaven, right? Not exactly.
The Giants didn't trade Umenyiora last year because teams like the Ravens
balked at New York's first-round asking price. The Giants likely received calls
on Umenyiora during the draft, but again, no one made an offer Reese couldn't
It's not in Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome's DNA to give up high future draft picks.
Umenyiora is especially costly because he would require a big long-term deal to
make the trade sensible. (And the Ravens are tight to the salary cap.) There
also are questions about how he'd fit in the 3-4 defense. Newsome probably has
more confidence in his young pass rushers than the average Ravens fan.
The biggest obstacle of all here: The Giants aren't motivated sellers. They
have Umenyiora under contract at a low price. He's valuable to them, and they
can live through a little offseason drama. After all, they have done it plenty
of times before.
Umenyiora-to-Baltimore makes sense on message boards, but we suspect the
speculation will end there."