The past couple of off-seasons have been about New York Giants‘ DE Osi Umenyiora and where he could be potentially traded. For several years now, Umenyiora has been asking for a new contract, feeling he has out-performed the deal he currently has. General manager Jerry Reese has not wavered on his position, seeing the need to pay others as well.
A couple of off-seasons ago, Umenyiora was given a window of opportunity to seek a trade. The Giants quickly closed that window, to the chagrin of Umenyiora. Even though Umenyiora missed the first several games of the 2011 season, he came back and had a very productive season. He had nine sacks in nine games, and added two forced fumbles.
Umenyiora has been a part-time pass rusher in the 2012 season, much like he’s been in the 2011 season. His production did slide, only racking up six sacks in 16 games played, but still forced two fumbles. Back in the 2010 season, Umenyiora had 11.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles, which was an NFL record.
Umenyiora clearly believes that as a full-time starter, he can still be very productive. I happen to agree. He can still get double-digit sacks every year. However, he plays behind DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DE Justin Tuck for a reason. Tuck isn’t as good of a pass rusher as Umenyiora is. However, Tuck is solid against the run, while Umenyiora has failed to improve that part of his game.
Ownership has indicated they would love to have Umenyiora back. The only way that is possible is if Umenyiora understands the Giants have other holes they have to fill in free agency as well. Umenyiora is looking for one last long-term deal. He’s already hired a new agent. He remains steadfast in his approach. There is a slight chance he can be back with the Giants. However, I do not believe that’ll happen.