Sometimes you take what a general manager tells you with a sack full of salt, especially around draft time. But when Jerry Reese told reporters after his first-round pick that Osi Umenyiora was not going to be traded under any circumstances, he apparently meant it.
And we know that because NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora reported last night that several teams tried to contact the Giants about trading the disgruntled pass rusher and were rebuffed. He said the teams were told that Umenyiora was "off limits."
It doesn't take much of an imagination to understand that. Like him or not, Umenyiora is an affordable, experienced pass rusher who can offer helpful hints to people like first-round DE Jason Pierre-Paul, as well as second-round DT Lival Joseph and sixth-round DE/LB Adrian Tracy. They'll need to be coached up well, and Umenyiora, along with Mathias Kiwanuka and Justin Tuck, could take an active part in their development if he takes the right attitude about things.
And if not, hey, the guy's still got to put up numbers to keep the paycheck, right?