With the Giants unattainable asking price of a first round draft choice being lowered to a reported second round draft choice the Seattle Seahawks among other teams are stepping up their pursuit of Osi Umenyiora. The rumor is New York reportedly told the Baltimore Ravens that a second round draft choice would get the trade completed but that Baltimore needed to figure out the cap ramifications. The Ravens are “definitely” interested in obtaining him for a third round choice as well
Seattle is one of many teams who has inquired about Umenyiora but like everyone else they balked at the first round asking price. I am seeing as well as hearing with the lowered asking price the Seahawks are very interested in getting a deal done. San Diego, St. Louis, and Denver are the other leading suitors; although Denver did just come to terms with Ty Warren on a 2 year deal with a $5 million annual salary.
If this Ravens report is accurate this is a chance for Pete Carroll to again rush in and steal the prize away with his significant budget. The Seahawks are still a ridiculous $21.2 million under the cap even after four major signings and having their draft class inked. Most would agree the Seahawks will probably be picking higher than the Ravens (not Denver and maybe not St. Louis) as well; which makes them a more appealing trade partner for New York if the Seahawks are willing to meet the same price Baltimore is.
Umenyiora has also publicly stated Seattle is his preferred destination in a trade and the Giants
probably know this. A trade however will not include Seahawks tight end John Carlson. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll stated that he plans on using both him and recently acquired tight end Zach Miller on offense.
Pete Carroll has not been shy in dealing his draft choices away for veterans as well:
– Traded a third round pick and swapped seconds with San Diego for Clipboard Jesus,
– Traded a fourth round and fifth round choice for Marshawn Lynch,
– A fifth round pick for Leon Washington,
-A sixth for Kentwan Balmer,
– A seventh for Tyler Polumbus,
– A seventh for Stacy Andrews,
– Swapped 4ths and 5ths with Tennessee for Lendale White,
This isn’t even counting trades involving choices for players he TRADED, that would bring the total to a whopping 17 draft picks Carroll has dangled in trade negotiations in just two draft classes and several draft day deals involving pick-pick deals (John Moffitt and Kris Durham were technically the Seahawks second round choice this year).
In fact, now that I put it that way, can you honestly expect Pete Carroll to do anything BUT try and trade for Umenyiora? I’m surprised no one else is noting the shear volume of draft choices Carroll has dealt and acquired the past two seasons, especially with the reported interest in Umenyiora. If he was willing to trade a third round pick and swap seconds for Charlie Whitehurst do you think he’s going to be hesitant coughing up a second for Umenyiora? One of the better defensive ends in the league?
I don’t think so, and if the asking price is a second round choice, assume Carroll is probably putting a bid in. If it actually drops lower; know Pete Carroll has put a bid in.
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