We have been seeing
speculation about Umenyiora to the Ravens ever since it was announced a few days
ago that the Ravens would be without Terrell Suggs
for the 2012 season due to a torn Achilles Tendon. Does any of this make any
sense? Would this be something the Giants would actually do?
Let's take a closer look.
From the Giants' perspective
We speculated prior to the 2012 NFL Draft that the Giants might be willing to
deal Umenyiora, and reports at that time indicated the belief that the Giants
would take a third-round draft choice for the supremely talented yet perennially
disgruntled defensive end.
No trade happened during the draft, of course. Were there offers? We will
never really know. If, however, the Giants did not trade Umenyiora for a draft
pick they could have used to stock the 2012 roster why would they trade him for
a draft pick now? That makes no sense to me.
By now, general manager Jerry Reese is used to Umenyiora's whining. In some
fashion it happens every offseason, and it has really just become nothing more
than background noise.
The Giants hold all the cards here. Umenyiora is signed to a contract for
another year. He can certainly complain all he wants, but if he wants to get
paid at all he has no choice but to play out the contract he signed. If he was
going to go all Jeremy
and blow up his relationship with the Giants with verbal grenades he
would have done that by now.
The Giants' best play at this point is to simply ride out the Umenyiora storm
and have No. 72 in uniform -- happily or unhappily -- next fall.
From the Ravens' perspective
Clark Judge of CBS Sports can go on and on all he wants about how Umenyiora
is the obvious pass-rushing choice for the Ravens to target
Suggs replacement. All that does is make me question how much Clark Judge
How does Umenyiora in a Ravens' uniform make any sense at all?
Last time I checked the Ravens play a 3-4 defense. Umenyiora is a classic 4-3
pass-rushing defensive end. He barely acknowledges the existence of the running
game and does an adequate at best job against it when he does try to play the
In the 3-4, defensive ends are generally not premiere pass rushers. They are
really glorified defensive tackles, anchoring against the run and swallowing up
blockers to allow the linebackers behind them to make plays. That is not
How about Osi as a 3-4 outside linebacker? I don't see how that would work,
either. The Giants love to drop linemen into coverage, but Umenyiora is almost
never asked to do that. Justin Tuck
, even Dave
when he was a Giant would do that at times. Umenyiora? Almost
Heading into his ninth year in the league and with troublesome knees standing
up and dropping into coverage is not a skill I can see Umenyiora mastering at
this point in his career.
Maybe there is something here. Maybe the Giants would be better off to just
cut their losses with Umenyiora and move on. Maybe the Ravens would play some
4-3 in passing situations to accommodate Umenyiora's skills. Right now, though,
I am not able to wrap my head around how this move would make any