It's the offseason. Not for the whole league, but for the only team that matters to us. So, as we progress into offseason mode, we will be taking any and all ideas for what to write-up. We will likely do a bunch of these "Potential" posts, featuring any and all players that you the readers want featured. Our first one today comes from John Polukort, and inquires about soon-to-be-ex New York Giant DE Osi Umenyiora.
After 10 years with the rival New York Giants, Osi sounds ready to test the waters:
“I’ve earned the right to be a free agent. It’s been 10 years. I signed a seven-year deal and they made me play out all seven of those years. If they (the Giants) wanted me back, I think something would have been done before now.”
He makes some fair points there. Most players, as we will likely see with Mr. Romo this offseason, get signed to long term deals well before the end of their contract. Umenyiora seems to be the odd-man out and may even be a scapegoat for the failures of the Giants pass rush this year. He only had 6 sacks this season, compared to 9 in 2011 and 11.5 in 2010. The veteran DE can still play at a high level, but sounded like his head was a bit out of it all season.
In terms of the Dallas Cowboys, Umenyiora may shine a bit brighter to us than he does to other franchises. He has a history of wrecking our OTs and QBs. Yet, he does not seem like the type of guy that Jason Garrett wants for this franchise. He has considerably more wear-and-tear (he's been in the league for 10 years, 31 years old) than Anthony Spencer (6 years in the league, 28 years old) and even Demarcus Ware (8 years, 30 years old). If we look at Spencer and consider him possibly too old to get a long-term contract, how could we give it to Osi? While he made about half of what Spencer did this past season ( about 4 mil vs about 8.9 mil), is that enough of a difference to bring him in?
It makes sense for us fans to want Osi. Guys who notoriously beat you year in and year out can have that effect. But we must remember some things first. Anthony Spencer is coming off of his best NFL season. He outplayed Osi in basically every single major category, and even showed a great deal of leadership by stepping up when the rest of the defense was lacking big time. If this team is ready to move on from Spencer, it shouldn't be for a guy like Osi. Spencer is likely in or just entered the prime of his career. Osi is most likely on the downslope.Garrett and Jerry have started a youth movement, and this would be regressing that. Right now, we're in the belief that Spencer should be franchised again regardless of the cost; He's simply too good to let go but likely too expensive to keep. If Spencer is not lining up for the 2013 Cowboys, look for a guy like Kyle Wilber or another youngin' to take his place, not Osi.
Odds that Osi Umenyiora is a Dallas Cowboy in 2013? 2%
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