Giant Off-Season Thoughts (Considering the Impact of an Osi Trade)

Despite Osi Umeniyora’s threat that he will retire if he is not handed back his starting job (now isn’t that what Giants fans love to hear from their star defensive end), I don’t see Jerry Reese and co. shipping Osi out, but what if an offer came along that the G-men couldn’t pass up (multiple high picks in the upcoming draft or a player/pick combination)?

For argument sake, this is why I propose trading Osi (assuming high level pick compensation): Even a healthy, motivated Osi lacks in run defense, and assuming Osi has a banner 2010 season, his second season after knee surgery (we are all familiar with the, “it takes two years to come back to form following knee surgery), Osi is sure to want to break the Giant bank. So, here is my proposal:

Trade Osi (let’s assume, at a minimum, a high 2nd, 3rd, and 5th round pick). Cap or no cap, with the money the G-men are saving with the release of Antonio Pierce and Osi’s contract, they can do one of two things:

1. Go for the gold and sign Julius Peppers, giving the Giants two stud defensive ends OR
2. Spread the wealth around and fill two holes: Grab a high impact linebacker to fill the void in the middle, i.e., ink Karlos Dansby. If the G-men ink Dansby, then the Giants have endless options at No. 15 and don’t have to trade up for Rolando McClain. How to fill the void left by Osi? Take a flyer on Aaron Kampman, a solid, pass-rushing defensive end who is a high-effort, high-intensity player who will is better against the run than Osi and, if healthy, should provide the same, if not better, pass rush than Osi. And yes, coming off of a torn ACL, the Giants will be able to get Kampman at a semi-discount.

A three man defensive end rotation of Kiwi, Tuck, and Kampman will more than suffice. Worried about Kampman’s long-term run with the Giants? Reese can pick up another young defensive end in a draft loaded with defensive talent with one of the extra draft picks.

Still not satisfied? Perhaps Jerry Reese passes on Dansby, but signs Kampman. Assume McClain goes before No. 15 (and he likely will) and that the cost to trade up is prohibitive. Grab Brandon Spikes by either trading down, and accumulating even more draft picks (ala the Patriots and the Eagles flavor). Spikes is facing character questions and speed questions, and his value (Spikes was at one time a lock for the top 15, if not the 1st round) may be a bit depressed. Spikes is going to end up making some team very happy in the middle, why not the G-men? Let me know your thoughts.

Topics: 2010 Draft, Giants, New York Giants, Popular, Featured, Justin Tuck, National Football League, Osi Umeniyora

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  • http://faniq mims

    1st of all that isnt exactly whaqt osi said…he said he would rather retire than be a bench warmer..he is a football player and would retire before he plays 5 smaps a game when he is 100 % certain he could start hoping it will be with the ginats but sure someone would start him if the gianats wouldnt. why do you guys have to take a frustrated player coming off a really bad season and tear them apart??? I thought fans were supposed to support their team and players? Osi is a good player..sheridan and other defensive coaches were a big part of our poor playing as were injuries….I understand the concept of reporting but at least report acurately..and yes i listened to the espn radio interviewand read the interview after the last game….I think every player on the giants was frustrated over our defense last year..but it doesnt give the media to turn on the players!

  • GiantsCauseway

    Make a run at Peppers. Trade Osi, he’s not what everyone thinks he is (or what he thinks he is) He’s been awful since Strahan hasn’t been there to take the double team. His value will only go down.

  • Paul Graziano

    Mims,
    I am not turning on Osi! I would love nothing more than for Osi to return to the Giants, re-claim the starting end position, and for the Giants defensive front to once again become a feared unit. I think any trade of Osi is unlikely, but, we should at least consider the fall-out from an Osi trade, which is what I was trying to get to here.
    After listening to the Osi radio interview, I got the feeling that Osi is positioning himself for a stand-off against the Giants, and that he wants assurances about his role with the team in 2010 and beyond. I don’t think the situation is even close to the point where Jerry Reese is going to ship Osi out. At least Osi has a little fire in his belly and wants to atone for last year’s horrible result. But, wouldn’t you feel better for Osi to take some bit of responsibility for his poor run defense in 2009? Just asking.

  • http://faniq mims

    Hi Paul,
    Sorry it has taken me so long to reply,i have been in the hospital for a couple weeks and just getting home and to email.(i suffer from a neuro disease) I love your articles and passion as a sports journalist and love reading about our giants. I appreciate you clairfying your point of view as well. I believe osi will show us he is up to the challenge and i feel he will lie up to the challenge fewell will give him.I think adding rolle into the mix is a good move as well for the secondary and he and phillips will be a good chemistry. As you can see i am very passionate about my gmen as well:) and a bit protective and very loyal. Keep the stories and news coming,kindly, mims