I Want: Osi Umenyiora

In the “Wouldn’t It Be Cool If” file (and because I like speculating on meaningless crap that probably wouldn’t happen in a million years), I was listening to 710 AM this afternoon during the John Clayton segment, and he mentioned Osi Umenyiora as a possible guy the Seahawks might go after.  You can read more here.

I was super excited until I read that he’s already under contract and getting him away from the Giants would require a draft pick.  Since they mention “first round draft pick” a couple times, I’m even less enthused.  Personally, I don’t like giving up anything higher than a 3rd round pick unless the guy is an absolute stud.  While I know without a doubt Umenyiora would help us tremendously (should he stay healthy), he’s not a stud per se.  He’s 29 years old and would likely require a big fat contract extension upon acquisition.

That isn’t to say I wouldn’t want to give him the extension; I think he’d be worth whatever price for his next three seasons’ worth of production alone.  But, that price plus a First or Second Round pick is a little too rich for my blood.

Forgetting the cost for a second, though, how cool would it be to have a couple bookends like Umenyiora and Chris Clemons?  I mean, Clemons really broke out last year with his 11 sacks; just imagine what he could do if other teams were constantly worried about double-teaming Umenyiora!

And the help to our secondary would be invaluable.  There’s nothing better than a stout pass rush to help your guys in the defensive backfield.

This free agency period can’t come fast enough.  The Seahawks have gallons of money and the right guys at the helm to spend it.  And if we could nab a guy like Umenyiora for a Third Round pick or less, I’d say we just found a dynamite way to utilize it.

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