One team that has stayed oddly silent in the trade sweepstakes for Pro Bowl pass rusher Osi Umenyiora are the Miami Dolphins. In a Tom Brady division, Miami needs more help to get to the quarterback than Cameron Wake.
Dolphins tie up Wake with four-year NFL contract to prepare for Tom Brady
Nothing went well early on last season for the Miami defense. Their very first game against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots ended with giving up over 500 passing yards and 38 points. Eventually the unit recovered with some changes on offense and a renewed effort from one of its best players. After a dismal start Cameron Wake tallied 8.5 sacks for the Dolphins last year and helped them avoid another terrible year of five wins or less. For his efforts, the 30-year-old outside linebacker received a four-year, $49 million contract to stay the face of the Miami defense. Whether that means much for 2012 is up for debate. Things don't look rosy for the Miami Dolphins franchise. The questions around its newest franchise player, quarterback Ryan Tannehill, won't go away. Without Brandon Marshall at receiver or Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams at running back, things could become tougher for the defense. For that reason, they should take a serious look at more upgrades, especially the pass rush. Free agency has few choices but there is one place the Fins could dive into.
Umenyiora problems with New York Giants revives trade rumors
The story with defensive end Osi Umenyiora and the New York Giants has gotten old. He claims the team continues to screw him over on a new contract. General Manager Jerry Reese disagrees and thinks Umenyiora is overreacting. The two sides can't come to a mutual decision on a new deal, so now the Pro Bowl pass rusher wants out. This has led to possible places and teams that might have interest in his talents. Anywhere from teams in the NFC East like the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys could have interest. The always surprising New England Patriots or even the Chicago Bears could jump into talks at the right price. One team that hasn't gotten attention and has every reason to have interest is Miami. Their needs for pass rush after years of beat downs from other quarterbacks can't go on. Umenyiora is a top-notch athlete who could easily make the switch from defensive end to linebacker and become exactly what the Dolphins need opposite Wake. His experience on how to beat Tom Brady, whom he defeated twice in the Super Bowl, would come as icing on the cake.
The Miami Dolphins haven't made many moves that made sense heading into the 2012 NFL season. Signing Cameron Wake was one of the few. A trade to take Osi Umenyiora from the New York Giants would qualify, too.