Take this for what it's worth, just because ESPN is wrong so much of the time, but football pundit Chris Mortensen has opined that the chances of Osi Umenyiora being traded before the Giants draft is "60-40, maybe higher." He thinks the Giants can get a second-round pick for the disgruntled defensive end, and that the Rams' first pick in the second round would be an attractive incentive to make the deal.
I don't know about you, but I think the Giants would be doing themselves a disservice by trading Umenyiora. He's cheap and he's signed through the next three seasons. And let's face it, this team needs pass rushers. He's working in the offseason program. He hasn't created a huge stir since the Super Bowl. And though the term excited would be stretching things, he seems accepting, at least, of what little he knows about Perry Fewell's new system.
I'm skeptical, anyway, that the Giants could get a No. 2 for him after last season's downslide. Then again, Steve Spagnuolo has made a habit of collecting his former players out in St. Louis, so one never knows. I'd be surprised if Jerry Reese lets him go.
As for Umenyiora's attitude, consider Reese's words from Thursday.
"There are always a lot of unhappy guys in the offseason," Reese said of players in general. "That is what the offseason is for."
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