Tennessee Titans' cornerback Cortland Finnegan walked out of the team's training camp after Friday's practice, apparently in a squabble over a new contract (see, this happens to other teams, too). Question is, New York Giants' fans, would you be interested in swapping the Giants' problem for the Titans' problem?
In other words, would you be willing to trade defensive end Osi Umenyiora to the Titans for Finnegan? Now, don't go and call this a 'trade rumor.' I haven't heard this speculated anywhere, and I don't have any inside info that the teams might be discussing such a deal. At least for me, though, it's an idea worth entertaining.
The players are, for all intents and purposes, a match resume-wise. Finnegan, 27, is a one-time All Pro. He has been in the league five years. Finnegan, though, did not have a great season in 2010 -- at least judging by the numbers. His interception total fell from five in each of the previous two seasons to two, and his Pro Football Focus rating was -14.5, with only Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie worse (-14.7) among 100 cornerbacks rated.
Umenyiora, 29, is a two-time Pro Bowler and one-time All Pro coming off one of his best seasons, an 11.5-sack year with 10 forced fumbles.
Still, the Giants have Jason Pierre-Paul at the right end, can move Mathias Kiwanuka to the end when needed and have Dave Tollefson for depth. With Saturday's injury to first-round pick Prince Amukamara and the season-ending injury to Bruce Johnson, depth at corner might be an issue for the Giants.
Umenyiora has two years remaining on a contract that should pay him $7.1 million during its remainder. Finnegan is in the final year of a deal worth nearly $3.8 million.
To be honest, I have not looked at this from the Tennessee perspective. I have no idea if this would be something that would make sense for them. I am really only interested in it from the New York perspective, and in what Giants' fans might think of such an idea.