Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Ravens' window for Umenyiora closes
By James Walker
The Baltimore Ravens and pass-rushing specialist Osi Umenyiora would have been a great match. But, reportedly, that window has slammed shut.
ESPNNewYork.com and the Newark Star-Ledger are reporting the New York Giants are no longer allowing Umenyiora to seek a trade. The Ravens, who are seeking help for their pass rush, were one of several teams interested in landing the veteran defensive end.
Baltimore had the cap space to reach a new contract with Umenyiora. But the original price tag of a first-round pick was too much. The Baltimore Sun reported the Giants lowered their price. But reports from New York conflict that, saying the door was shut after the Giants didn't get a first-round pick.
The Ravens will look elsewhere in free agency to improve their pass rush. Umenyiora would've been their best shot at improving in this area via trade. But for now that ship has sailed.