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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Ravens willing to pay price for Umenyiora?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

The New York Giants have set the bounty for defensive end Osi Umenyiora -- and it starts with a first-round draft pick.

Are the Baltimore Ravens willing to go that high? I would be surprised.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome values his draft picks, especially those in the first round. Also, Baltimore would have to give Umenyiora a substantial raise, which is why he's unhappy with the Giants in the first place. The combo seems a bit much for the Ravens.

But it's New York's job to get the highest bid possible for Umenyiora. Pass-rushing specialists do not grow on trees, and the Ravens know that better than anyone. The team had just 27 sacks in 16 games last season.

Last week we mentioned Baltimore as a great landing spot for Umenyiora, and if the Ravens can get him for anything less than a first-rounder, I think it's worth pursuing.