Terrell Suggs is done for the season. Ruptured Achilles. That’s the 2nd ruptured Achilles that claimed the season of a bona fide star player this offseason, with the first being Jason Peters. What do we do when a player is lost for the season? We put on our thinking caps. And when we put on our thinking caps, the following fairly obvious train of thought ensues:
Terrell Suggs is a great pass rusher.
- Osi Umenyiora is a great pass rusher.
- Take away Suggs and the Ravens don’t really have many good pass rushers left.
- Take away Osi and the Giants still do have plenty of good pass rushers.
- Osi Umenyiora is unhappy in NY.
- The Giants should trade Umenyiora to the Ravens.
Predictably, it didn’t take long for someone (Clark Judge of CBS) to think of exactly that and put it out there.
I don’t see it. As Judge mentions, Umenyiora is in the final year of his deal, and turns 31 in November. In Judge’s opinion, that’s what makes him expendable from the Giants’ point of view. Not mentioned is that those two factors are the exact reason it makes him unappealing to other teams that might consider dealing for him.
If you’re another GM, you almost have to view Umenyiora as an expensive free agent. Let’s say for example that the seemingly reasonable asking price is a 2nd round pick. If you’re willing to part with a pick that high, you’re almost certainly going to be making that deal with the thought in mind that you’re going to give Umenyiora a long term deal. There’s no way you give up a 2 for a 1-year rental. Giving Osi a long term deal is going to cost a lot of money. In fact, Umenyiora already has his eyes on the deals a couple other players recently received:
Umenyiora is looking for an extension in the neighborhood of the contracts recently signed by Philadelphia’s Trent Cole and Indianapolis’ Robert Mathis.
Trent Cole’s deal: 3/13/2012: Signed a six-year, $59.3 million contract. The deal contains $14.5 million guaranteed, including an $8 million signing bonus and all of Cole’s 2012 and 2013 base salaries. 2012: $3 million, 2013: $3.5 million, 2014: $5 million, 2015: $10 million, 2016: $10.9 million, 2017: $13.9 million, 2018: Free Agent
Robert Mathis’ deal: 3/5/2012: Signed a four-year, $36 million contract.
Sure, if you’re the Ravens, trading for Umenyiora makes sense… in 2012.
But in 2013, Terrell Suggs will be back. Plus, the Ravens just a few days ago used their first pick on another pass rusher, Courtney Upshaw. That will of course be his 2nd year in the NFL, and by then, you’re hoping for a productive starter. If you’re the Ravens, are you going to sign a 31 year old Umenyiora to a monster deal, taking snaps away from your highly drafted 2nd year pass rusher for the foreseeable future, AND give up a two in the process? That’s a panic move. The Ravens don’t make panic moves.
Oh, and also, the Ravens are only about $1.6 million under the cap. Not happening.