(1:50 p.m. Update: The Giants have told Osi Umenyiora today that he and his agent are no longer allowed to seek a trade partner, a source told Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.
If there is one topic that has trumped all others among Patriots followers on Twitter, it's the possibility of the team landing Giants defensive lineman Osi Umenyiora in a trade.
Umenyiora has been given the green light by the Giants to assess his value. But not only does Umenyiora need to find a team willing and able to give him a raise, but his agent, Tony Agnone, has to find a trade partner willing to give up a first-round pick. There is a report that the Giants have lowered that demand, but a source told ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday night that the price had not been lowered.
The Patriots have been rumored to have some interest (which has not been confirmed), but would they be willing to give up a high draft pick and give Umenyiora a new deal?
Here are some thoughts from this perspective:
Umenyiora plays the position where the Patriots seem to be looking for help based on some recent free-agent workouts -- defensive end on a four-man line. The Patriots have been lining up with Eric Moore and Jermaine Cunningham at end through the first week of training camp.
So given the need and possible switch to more four-man line play -- with Albert Haynesworth and Vince Wilfork anchoring things at defensive tackle -- it makes sense that the Patriots would be tied to Umenyiora speculation.
The flip side, from this view, is that a move for Umenyiora would run counter to those the Patriots often make. It's not often you see the Patriots give up a high draft choice and a lucrative contract to a player in a deal. They don't usually "buy high". The recent acquisitions of Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco are examples of that.
Things remain fluid on the Patriots' roster and some more tweaks are expected in the coming days.
Based on some of the comments on Twitter, no one has generated more interest among followers than Umenyiora, so that's why it seemed like a good time to pass along some thoughts.
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(12:54 p.m. Update: ESPN NFL Senior Writer John Clayton tweeted that the Patriots haven't called the Giants about Umenyiora but are "checking out the Osi U. options.")