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The Tennesse Titans and Osi Umenyiora

It seems that the New York Giants are coming to the point where it may be in their best interest  to make a deal for Osi while they can. For those of you that don’t know, Umenyiora kind of screwed himselfback in 2005 when he signed an 8-year, $34 million dollar deal. What may have seemed lucrative at the time ended with him making the same in 2011 as Robert Geathers. Well after seven long years, with a lot of griping and public standoffs along the way, Osi finally enters his contract year, in search of a more lucrative deal that will almost certainly be his last. And while he will get a new contract, it will most certainly not be with the Giants.

You see, there is a slight problem in that the New York Giants currently project to be roughly two million dollars over the salary cap. That’s right, before they can even think about signing anyone, they have to shave money off the books, then shave that much more in order to pay whomever they would like to bring on. That doesn’t even include the money needed to pay whatever newly drafted players the team acquires this off-season. All of this points to the team being in a position to have to trade and outright release certain players in order to balance the books. For the Giants, trading Osi makes a lot of sense, even if his stats (and teamates), may argue otherwise. They currently have two of the top defensive ends in the game; Jason Pierre-Paul from a pass rushing perspective, and Justin Tuck on every level of his game. Unfortunately for Umenyiora, this makes him somewhat expendable on this particular team, as does the fact, at 30 years old, most GM’s become wary of dishing out contracts of any substantial length. Also, Pierre-Paul is entering year three of his rookie contract, and if he posts another season like last, he will be demanding to get paid, and handsomely at that.

Which brings us to our beloved Titans. As all of us understand, we are on the hunt for a playmaker on the defensive line, or at any position on that side of the ball for that matter. The last four playing seasons of Osi’s career (he missed 2008) break down as follows:

2011: 25 Tackles, 9 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles

2010: 48 Tackles,11.5 Sacks, 10 Forced Fumbles

2009: 29 Tackles, 7 Sacks, 4 Forced Fumbles

2007: 52 Tackles, 13 Sacks, 5 Forced Fumbles

So a couple things right off the bat. First: 10 forced fumbles in a season? Are you kidding me? Second: He also has 12 passes deflected on his career, which strikes me as less than ordinary for a defensive lineman. Third, I recognize that his total tackles are fairly low, but do these numbers strike you as that of a situational player? Admittedly, I never paid much attention, but I was very surprised to find his stats to be as good as they are. Frankly, I’m shocked the guy never got a raise over the years, and before anyone goes ranting about how $4 million dollars for a years a work can never be underpaid, let’s also not forget the concept of relative value and how it applies to matters of business and industry. Either way, given everything, it seems like it would be wise for us to make a play for him and sign him to a roughly three or four year deal. Bring him in as something of a Matt Hasselbeck for the defensive line, wherein he can step in and contribute immediately, but with the understanding that at the tail-end of his career, he will be asked to bring along the younger guys as well.

What do you think? Do we make a play for Osi if the Giants will listen? How much should we give up for him? Let yourself be heard!

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  • 757titan

    I like the idea, but Osi is only 6’3 255lbs. May be to small for Jerry’s system…

  • JasonPeters

    @757titan Perhaps, but I think size may be less important for certain players that have proven themselves over the years. Cliff Avril has been overlooked for a large percentage of his career and has done nothing but produce. Same goes for Elvis Dumervil (last year notwithstanding). I think Osi would do well getting to the quarterback on passing downs.

  • 757titan

    @JasonPeters I would be all for this if the price is right. I really like Osi, my best bud is a NY Gmen fan so I have watched Osi in action a lot. His only downfall is run defense, thats why he has been a situational guy a lot of his life. He can play all 3 downs, but does excel in rushing the passer. if we bring back JJ and Morgan steps up, the addition of Osi would turn our d line to elite

  • albertogonzalez

    I love the idea of having Usi as a defensive mentor. His age tells me that his production will decrease in the coming years, but he still deserves a 3rd round pick and a 3 year contract.

  • JasonPeters

    @albertogonzalez That’s awesome. Those are the exact numbers I came to. Only question is how much total on the contract? I’m thinking $15 – 18 for three years, or give him a little more but front load it while we have the cash for next year.

  • albertogonzalez

    @JasonPeters I think $15M – $18M is in Titans range, but I guess once again at least one team will be willing to pay him big money, something around $22M-$25M. I really hope we get Avril, Usi or some other veteran player to help our pass rush. The draft class is just not as good as the past few years

  • JasonPeters

    @albertogonzalez Yeah, I was afraid of that as well. Someone will most likely give him that, and cut him after two years and have to carry dead money when his production drops. I really don’t think he should make more than 6 or 6.5 per year, and that might be a little generous even.

  • JasonPeters

    @757titan I agree with you on that, my friend. Any moves you think the franchise should make this offseason that would help us out?