Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/24/12
I am going to go over some of the teams I think will have an interest in trading for Osi Umenyiora.  As far as value is concerned, Osi holds the Value of a 2nd round pick. However; if a team drafts very high NY might throw in some additional picks to sweeten the pot. Conditional picks are also a strong possibility as I think Osi would be a walk on starter on most of these teams.
 
Titans: The Titans had no pass rush last year and that is what ultimately cost them a trip the playoffs. Look for the Titans to either address this early in the draft or make a trade to upgrade the pass rush. Every new head coach wants to bring his team into the playoffs, so I expect the Titans to make a playoff push with Hasselbeck in 2012. I expect the Titans to draft a pass rusher at some point regardless but one draft pick wont fix this defense.

Lions: The Lions are building a very solid defense and a DE of Osi’s caliber could take that defense to the next level. The Saints put 40+ points on Lions in the playoffs and the pass rush has to improve if the Lions want to get better. If the Lions are able to address the CB and DE positions in the offseason they should be ready to take the next step in 2012. The Lions would have a top five defensive line if they could add an outside rusher like Osi then again later in the draft.

Patriots: After how the Pats defense played last year, you just had to know on that final drive Eli Manning would walk the Giants up the field. The Pats need to add a pass rusher and then decide whether they want to run a 4-3 or 3-4. Osi should be able to play that hybrid role while getting after the QB. The Pats pick near the end of the 2nd round so if you think about it, it’s almost like giving up a high 3rd. That’s not much when you’re getting a proven pro bowl strip sack master DE. This defense has to improve if New England plans on winning anymore titles. I would expect the Patriots to run a 4-3 for all of next year playing, from the lead. The Patriots have to decide keep putting back drafting players or go all in with Brady, and try to win a few more titles.

Panthers: The Panthers defense needs help all over the place. Anytime you add a player like Osi the team will get better. The only issue here is that the Panthers are a young team and still need a few years to build. By the time they can pose a threat for a title, Osi would be near the end of his career. I could see the Panthers passing but if they want to get better now and try to win the South this year, adding a pass rusher is a must. This decision will be more on management, if they want to stay young or try to make a playoff push now, the Saints are at their weakest in years.

Jets: The Jets problems on defense last year started with not being able to get to the QB. Look for the Jets to draft an OLB in the first two rounds or trade for someone. I think Osi could make the switch to a 3-4 defense, and being in a Rex Ryan scheme he will be rushing the passer 85% of the time anyway. The Jets need that one guy that you have to account for that’s coming for the QB every down.

Bills: Yes I know Mario Williams was signed but just one player isn’t enough to unseat the Patriots in the East. To beat the Pats consistently, the Giants showed you have to be able to get pressure with your front four. If you can get pressure with only four rushers you can mix up the seven dropping into coverage to keep Brady off balance. One thing you have to look at here is the Bills have great draft position and might not be willing to deal the picks.

Texans: The Texans have been losing a key amount of playmakers on defense this offseason.  Picking up a pro bowl caliber rusher would help replace some of that production they lost. The only Franchise QB in the AFC South is suiting up for the Texans so it might not be key to winning a playoff berth but it will be key to winning playoff games. Once you get into that first round you will have to be able to get to Brady and Manning, Oh and how could I forget Flacco according to him and his agent he is better then Rodgers, Manning, Brady and Brees.

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