Idle speculation: Can you see Osi in Seattle?
By Danny O'Neil | The Seattle Times
If a team came a callin' the Giants this week, offering say a 3rd round pick for Osi, can't help but think things could get interesting— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 24, 2012
Improving the pass rush was a priority for Seattle this offseason. And while most of the focus on who Seattle might add has focused on draft prospects like Quinton Coples, Melvin Ingram and most recently Chandler Jones, there is a wild card in the mix.
Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
There were discussions about the Giants trading him last year after the lockout, and I've heard he was interested in the possibility of playing in Seattle.
Left unsaid at the time was what the Giants were willing to accept in return and whether Umenyiora would want a new contract as part of the transaction.
Well, a year later, we still don't know what the Giants are willing to accept, but it seems like things might be lining up for a deal: Umenyiora told Tom Rock of Newsday he wouldn't need to re-do his contract if traded.
This is significant. Umenyiora is at the end of his deal, scheduled to make a very reasonable $3.975 million in base salary in 2012. If he's willing to play that contract out, he's betting on his ability to have a big year and enter the free-agency market.
Umenyiora is 30, but remains a formidable pass rusher as evidenced by his nine sacks last season. He has had more than 10 sacks in three of the previous six years.