Osi Umenyiora rumors swirl, but should the Dolphins be interested?

The Miami Dolphins have said they aren’t rebuilding….but their actions tell a different story.  The Dolphins are rebuilding, and thus far, it appears they are doing a decent job….but we’ll know more in September.  The Dolphins might say they aren’t rebuilding the defense that finished 6th in the NFL in points against in 2011.  Fair point.  But, it’s hard for them to argue that they aren’t rebuilding their offense.  New QB of the future. Check.  New starting right tackle (and right guard). Check. New, flashy running back. Check.  VERY young wide receiving corps. Check.  Young tight ends. Check.  It’s clear that Joe Philbin wants to reshape the Dolphins offense in his image.  He’s bringing in HIS type of players.

On defense, the Dolphins have only added a few pieces, here and there.  Can Olivier Vernon be the stud pass rusher opposite Cameron Wake?  We might not know for a little while.  In the meantime, we wanted to talk a little bit about the latest rumor circulating around the internet.  We’re not sure where it started or how much truth there is to it….But the latest rumor is that the Dolphins are interested in trading for Osi Umenyiora of the Giants.  We’ve heard the Giants asking price last offseason was a 1st round pick.  The current rumor (and we emphasize RUMOR) is that the Dolphins would give up their 2nd and 4th round picks in 2013.

Umenyiora is experienced, no doubt.  He only played in 9 games games in 2011 and still registered 9 sacks.  His 3 previous seasons he played in all 16 games and registered 31.5 sacks, so the production is there.  Osi has essentially been replaced by Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre Paul on the Giants….which is why they are said to be ‘shopping’ him.

He would bring a veteran presence to the Dolphins defensive line, but is he THAT much of an upgrade over what the Dolphins have to warrant giving up a 2nd and 4th round pick?  Personally, I don’t think so.  If he were to get cut by the Giants, then I’d be all for bringing him in.  Or, if the Giants would accept a 4th round pick or later (they won’t), it’d be a worthwhile risk for the Dolphins.  Osi will turn 31 years old in November, so one could argue that his best years are behind him.  The problem with the Dolphins bringing in Osi is that he is a short term fix and he will take playing time away from young players like Olivier Vernon.

The question is whether or not the Dolphins are actually interested or if this is just a slow-offseason-day-rumor.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dolphins have inquired about Osi, but as much as Jeff Ireland values draft picks, I doubt they’d be willing to give up a 2nd and a 4th rounder.  We’ll see…..

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