Giants' Umenyiora garnering interest

April, 22, 2010
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Will the Giants trade disgruntled veteran defensive end Osi Umenyiora? League sources say the Giants have been getting calls about Umenyiora's availability, but that no team has made a serious offer. The Giants have not been shopping Umenyiora, who was benched last season because of his lackluster play, particularly against the run. The Giants hope that their new defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell, will help light a fire under Umenyiora, who was also coming off a knee injury in 2009 and lacked his usual explosiveness off the ball. He finished with just seven sacks.

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Nevertheless, if the Giants, picking at No. 15 in the first round, get shut out of selecting Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain and Clemson running back C.J. Spiller, New York may be forced to select a defensive end, perhaps Jason Pierre-Paul of South Florida. Would that make Umenyiora expendable? Not necessarily. Mathias Kiwanuka is in the last year of his contract and Umenyiora, who will only be 29 in November, has three years left on his deal with total salary compensation already set at $10.1 million. So, the Giants may want to hold onto Umenyiora in case they cannot re-sign Kiwanuka at a respectable price.

"Teams are calling the Giants, feeling them out," said a league source with knowledge of the Giants' thinking. "But right now, they're sitting tight."

Teams reportedly interested in Umenyiora at the right price: St. Louis, Denver, San Diego and Philadelphia. But would the Giants trade him within the division?

Sal Paolantonio, who covers the NFL for ESPN, is the author of “How Football Explains America” (Triumph Books: Chicago).

Sal Paolantonio

SportsCenter correspondent / NFL reporter
Sal Paolantonio joined ESPN as a SportsCenter correspondent in August 1995, primarily reporting on the NFL. Beginning in 2004, he also served as host of NFL Match-Up, a weekly "Xs and Os" football show produced by NFL Films.

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