Here are some bonus NFL

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 The Dolphins have rescinded their request that he take a pay cut and will let him compete for the starting job.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.

Sunday Links from Len

Sunday Links from Len

Glen Murray scored the game winner in overtime as the Bruins beat the Flyers 3-2 at the Fleet Center. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell and Steve Conroy have game stories. Kevin Paul Dupont tells us that the Bruins need the Thronton line to step up.

Bob Hohler reports that Curt Schilling is throwing hard and that Francona believes that some in the media have mischaracterized Manny Ramirez. Is that possible? Hohler also has a feature on Pokey Reese, who has seen his own share of tragedies through the years. Steve Buckley reports on the versatility of many of the Red Sox players including Ellis Burks, who could see some time at first base. Speaking of versatility, Michael Silverman, in his Red Sox Notebook, reports that Sox outfielder David McCarty is coming along well in his efforts to be a pitcher. Silverman also tells us that Keith Foulke is recovering from his calf injury.

Michael Smith has a very big NFL Notebook and shares his sentiments that the Patriots and Ty Law should part ways before the situation gets really ugly. He also reports that Richard Seymour is considering hiring the Postons as his agents. The Postons, of course, are Milloy’s and Law’s agents. Smith also believes that Damien Woody may land in Miami. Kevin Mannix says the Pats should live with the current contract the next couple of years and be the beneficiaries of Law’s talents while he still has his “A” game in his early thrities. Tom Curran has some suggestions for the Patriots which include Charlie Garner, Chris Gardocki, and drafting a tall wide receiver like Rashaun Woods in the second round of the draft.

Peter May discusses the increasing time on the bench that Marcus has had since the arrival of Chucky Atkins. May also has his NBA Notebook and explains that the NBA East is as bad as ever. It’s terrible. Mark Murphy reports that Danny Ainge and Paul Pierce are happy that Brandon Hunter finally got a chance to play. The Celtics are at Toronto. FSN has the game at 1 pm.

Bill Griffith explains the success of Gary Tanguay and Greg Dickerson on FSN.

Providence is at St John’s. NESN has the game at Noon. Kevin McNamara reports that PC coach Tim Welsh has no interest in the St John’s HC position.

Well, we won’t have Don

Well, we won’t have Don Skwar to kick around anymore. He is leaving his position as Sports editor of the Boston Globe to become a Senior News Editor at ESPN.

Another item of interest, Manny does speak to the media, just not the Boston media. From the Fort Myers News-Press, here are some quote from the Sox slugger: