There has been chatter amongst Patriots fans all offseason about the possible acquisition of Giants DE Osi Umenyiora , so when word got out today that the Giants are putting Osi on the trade block, Pats fans everywhere got giddy with the possibility. Osi held out for one day before reporting to the Giants, but his demands of a trade or a new contract did not change. Apparently, the new contract option isn’t there, so Osi’s agent is free to explore trades. Last season, Osi had 11.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles. Those 11.5 sacks match what the Pats got from their top two pass rushers last season…combined.
With rumors swirling that the Pats could be switching to a base 4-3 from their 3-4, Osi would be that edge rusher they are missing. The best part is that he wouldn’t have to learn OLB if the Pats did in fact switch to the 4-3 and could remain a DE. The Pats traded for Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco, so what’s to stop them from going after Osi? Before you get too high on this trade, let me ground you. Unfortunately.
The Giants currently have an asking price for Osi Umenyiora of a first-round draft pick. That’s pretty steep, and gets even steeper if you factor in that Osi wants a new contract. If the Giants do not budge from their asking price, don’t expect the Patriots to go for this trade. The Pats do have two first-round picks in 2012, but with the new rookie wage scale and propensity for Belichick to use those draft-day trades, I don’t see them giving one up for a player who will be 30 in November.
Should the price come down, it becomes more likely, but until then, Osi switching Big Blue for Patriots Blue probably isn’t in the cards.