Re: Are Patriots Laying in the Weeds for Osi?
posted at 8/5/2011 8:27 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Are Patriots Laying in the Weeds for Osi?
[QUOTE]In Response to Are Patriots Laying in the Weeds for Osi? : Hi Tex, The Pats HAVE to find a good DE or OLB. Neither the 4-3 nor 3-4 will work without that person. Osi could be that person but it looks like another Julius Peppers pipe dream. I think there are two questions here. 1. If they go 4-3 who are the DE's (and they need to be elite)? 2. If they stay 3-4 than who are the OLB's? If they don't find some edge presense than its just a Haynesworth for Warren straight swap with no improvement. NE can't depend on interior line sacks.
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Hey Fantasy! Long time no hear! How've you been?
The Giants may rue the day that they refused to accept less compensation than a first round pick for Osi. His contract squabble with them is mushrooming into a major, full blown distraction.
It's likely that many of the Giants' vets are firmly behind Osi. Management is arguing the sanctity of a contract. Yet, the vets have just seen a couple of long-time starting veteran offensive linemen, center Shaun O"Hara and OG Rich Seubert, uncerimoniously cut in mid-contract from the team due to drop off in play caused by injuries. Now, the vets are seeing a guy in Osi who has clearly out-performed his contract...yet management will do nothing to reward him?
The latest Osi episode has him playing the "injury card"...saying that he has a sore knee that might require surgery. Whether or not this is a mere ruse to avoid fines for missing practice, it may have a detrimental effect on his trade value: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/2011/08/04/2011-08-04_osi_umenyiora_threatens_to_have_knee_surgery_after_giants_mock_practice_excuse_a.html
Over the weekend, the Patriots will decide whether to continue their quest for Osi, or to move on to "Plan B". Plan B would likely entail the signing of Logan Mankins to a long term contract extension, which would provide the team with some 2011 salary cap relief...and the signing of 3-4 DE Shaun Ellis, and/or DE/OLB Matt Roth.
Though several teams are in the hunt for Roth's services, he has stated that he wants to play for a winning team: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/08/04/matt-roth-interest-is-heating-up/
This means that he'll probably accept less money, in order to play in New England. But, the Saints are another good team that is interested as well.
Another guy that the Pats were interested in, DE Raheem Brock, has resigned with the Seattle Seahawks: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=capress-fbn_seahawks_brock-7700455