Monday, August 1, 2011
Would Umenyiora fit in the AFC West?
By Bill Williamson
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio is reporting the New York Giants have given defensive end Osi Umenyiora permission to seek a trade.
Could he help an AFC West team? Sure, he can help any of the teams in the division. Umenyiora, 29, has 52 sacks in his last five seasons and he had 11.5 sacks last season.
But there are complications. The Giants are reportedly seeking, at least, a first-round draft pick, and Umenyiora will want a huge, new contract from any team that deals for him. Let’s look at the chances of him landing with each AFC West team.
Denver: The Broncos have several young pass-rushers they want to see develop. It wouldn’t be prudent to give big dollars to Umenyiora.
Kansas City: Umenyiora would make the Chiefs’ defense deadly. But the Chiefs have to pay Tamba Hali, who led the AFC with 14.5 sacks last year, at some point. He is their franchise player. If there is any way the Chiefs could pay both players and get Umenyiora for a second-rounder, it’d be a great move. But those are a couple of big ifs.
Oakland: This is the type of move Al Davis would make. But the Raiders are strong on the defensive front and they can’t afford to lose their first-round pick next year because they don’t have a second-rounder. So, this pairing doesn’t make a lot of sense.
San Diego: Umenyiora would be an interesting fit, but this type of bold move is out of the Chargers’ character and they are set defensively.