The Giants went on the record, saying they didn’t intend to trade Osi Umenyiora. They then used a first-round draft choice on DE Jason Pierre-Paul in the 2010 NFL Draft. The Giants then came back and said they still didn’t intend to trade Umenyiora.
You get the idea.
NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora solidified the Giants’ position (if it really needed any) on NFL Total Access Tuesday, saying not to read too much into the selection of Pierre-Paul. In fact, La Canfora was told by general managers that teams who inquired about trading for Umenyiora during the draft were “rebuffed immediately” and told by the Giants he was “off limits.”
It sounds like the Giants were telling the truth when they said they didn’t intend to deal Umenyiora. It might be as simple as Pierre-Paul was the highest-rated player on the Giants’ board, and/or that they prescribe to the draft philosophy that true pass rushers are more difficult to find than almost any other position.
As La Canfora notes, it might be time to put this story to bed.