Umenyiora given permission to look for a trade

In the Ravens’ search for a pass rusher, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora’s name has gotten tossed around by fans and media members quite a bit.

Up until now, all that talk had been meaningless, because Umenyiora is under contract in New York, and while he was clashing with Giants management in his quest for a new deal, the Giants had not said they were interested in trading the two-time Pro Bowler.

Now, as far as the Ravens are concerned, Umenyiora could be a legitimate target. According to ESPN, the Giants have given Umenyiora permission to seek a trade.

The price for Umenyiora won’t be cheap in terms of draft pick compensation or money - reports state that the Giants would be asking for a first-round pick, and while Umenyiora is currently under contract for two more years at $8 million total, the 29-year-old would demand a big-money extension from any team which acquires his services.

The Ravens have a tight salary cap situation as it is right now, and while they could free up some room by signing defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to a long-term deal, GM Ozzie Newsome would need to decide whether he’s interested in giving up a high draft pick and a hefty paycheck for an oft-disgruntled, yet talented, defensive lineman.

Umenyiora has posted 60 sacks in seven NFL seasons, including 11.5 last year.

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