Would the Giants and Jets Make a Deal – Osi Umenyiora for Kerry Rhodes?

I can’t remember where I saw this, so if you are the person who thought of it, I’m sorry I didn’t give you credit.

But, the gist of the proposed deal was this: Osi Umenyiora for Kerry Rhodes?

It fits a need for both teams. The Jets need a pass rusher. The Giants need a safety. Both seem to be on the outs with the organization. Would it fit?

On the Giants side, yes. Rhodes would look great next to Kenny Phillips. Rhodes is a ballhawk who is pretty good in run support. On the Jets side, I’m not sure. Yes, Osi would give their pass rush a much needed jolt. But,is he a fit for the 3-4? He’s not a 3-4 lineman, so he would have to play the rush linebacker spot. Can he do that?  Can he drop into coverage if needed? I don’t know. I know he can rush the passer from that spot. It’s the coverage that worries me, from a Jets standpoint. Will the Jets be willing to take on the coverage risk in exchange for the pass rush ability? Not sure.

Would I do this deal? Yeah. We need a safety, and unless we get Eric Berry in the draft ( which in unlikely), the Giants will need a proven safety, and Rhodes is proven. I’ll miss Osi, but he gave us nothing last year, and this team has pass rushers. Would you do this deal?

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One Response to “Would the Giants and Jets Make a Deal – Osi Umenyiora for Kerry Rhodes?”

  1. Chris says:

    This trade wont happen. Giants want a physical guy to play the run who can also cover. I dont know how good Rhodes cover skills are, but I know the reason why Rex Ryan doesnt like him is because he is too soft for his defense. Rhodes is basically an over-achiever in the past. the Osi part of the trade wont work, Osi has no desire to play LB, which is the position he would have to move too, he is built in the mold of Arron kampman from greedbay who also switched to LB in a 3-4. Osi is a pass rushign DE, 3-4 DE are mostly run stoppers that free up the OLB to rush in. I think the jets will target an OLB like a Shaun Merriman instead.