Osi-to-New England has been a hot topic in Patriots fan circles. While I don’t think the Patriots will pay the Giants original asking price of a first-round pick, it seems as though neither will any other team. This could force the Giants to lower their asking price and make the Patriots a contender for the pass rusher’s services. NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks feels that the Pats are potential suitors for Osi and that he would be a fit in the Patriots’ shifting defensive scheme:
Bill Belichick is contemplating a move to a four-man front following the addition of Albert Haynesworth, but the Patriots need a dynamic edge rusher to complete the transition. Umenyiora is a proven double-digit sack artist with the ability to feast off the one-on-one matchups that would result from offenses committing most of their protection to slowing down Haynesworth and Vince Wilfork up the middle.
Should the Patriots make a play for Osi, they’ll be tough to outbid due to their possession of two first-round picks and two second-round picks. Even if they have to give up a second-rounder, they still have two firsts and another second to fall back on. Brooks also makes a good point when he states that Osi would get a lot of one-on-one matchups. If teams double Osi, look out for Wilfork and Haynesworth. Ouch.
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