Here are some bonus NFL Links from Len as the NFL period of free agency kicks off this Wednesday.
Ralph Vacchiano has a probable Giants wish list. It includes:
RT Todd Wade, Dolphins: The best tackles aren’t available, but Wade is still an upgrade over last year’s RT mess.
C Damien Woody, Patriots: More expensive than Chris Bober, but better. Can also fill in for Rich Seubert at guard.
DT Ted Washington, Patriots: Big, old run-stuffer could bridge the gap until William Joseph proves he’s not a bust.
Adam Schefter of the Denver Post is one of the best football writers around. He sees more teams following the Belichick model in building teams. This is not good news for agents seeking to get huges signing bonuses for their clients. Schefter also lists all of the top free agents by position.
Armando Salguero tells us that the reports of Jay Fiedler’s demise in Miami may have been premature. The Dolphins have rescinded their request that he take a pay cut and will let him compete for the starting job. Maybe Miami is concerned that AJ Feeley, with his five games of NFL experience, may not be the answer.
Alan Wilson has a look at the Bills needs. They also might be interested in Damien Woody. Of course the Bills need help at the quarterback position and may pull the trigger on Drew Henson or look at Bily Volek.
Steve Serby reports that the Jets are desperate for a shutdown cornerback, a good tight end, and many other positional players.
Jeff Legwold of The Tennessean also sees more teams learning from the Patriots way of doing things. Legwold believes the Patriots do well in making the tough choices when building their team. He also lists his top ten free agents and free agents by position.
Michael Ollove, Ryan Davis and Stephanie Hanes of the Baltimore Sun have a must-read feature on Jamal Lewis who has known about that the federal inquiry into cocaine trafficking charges since he first put on a Ravens uniform. This was no small deal either. It involved cocaine with a street value of $1 million.