Monday notebook

TEAM NEEDS. 1. Outside linebacker: This could change if the Giants sign LaVar Arrington, late of the Washington Redskins. They need someone who can start on the weak side, since it begins to look more and more like they'll lose Nick Greisen to free agency.

He has an interest in the Green Bay Packers and a few other teams, and has told the Giants he'd like to return, but he must be paid as a starter (acceptable, since he became one) and he wants to play inside (which is not acceptable, since in the Giants' 4-3 alignment Antonio Pierce is the MLB).

2. Running back: What happens if an injury grounds superstar Tiki Barber? The Giants don't seem to be considering that nightmare, but behind the doors, they are trying to decide whether a first-round pick should be spent on a running back. Chances are they won't since they draft 25th and it isn't a particularly deep year for the position. .

3. Tackle: There are still persistent rumors that the Giants plan to terminate the contract of LT Luke Petitgout, who is scheduled to earn almost $6 million in base salary this season. If they do that, a young tackle is a mandatory addition, perhaps in the draft's first round and if not, definitely in the second. .



UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Micheal Barrow; LB Quinton Caver; S Tony Dixon; LB Eric Ogbogu; OT Marcus Price; S Lynn Scott. .

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Keith Davis; LB Scott Shanle; OT Torrin Tucker (received offer sheet from Buccaneers; Cowboys have until April 6 to match). .


PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: WR Terrance Copper; WR Patrick Crayton; G/C Andre Gurode; LS L.P. Ladouceur; P Matt McBriar; S Willie Pile; CB Jacques Reeves. .

PLAYERS ACQUIRED: LB Akin Ayodele; LB Rocky Boiman; TE Ryan Hannam; OL Kyle Kosier; WR Terrell Owens; PK Mike Vanderjagt. .

PLAYERS LOST: OG Larry Allen; DT Willie Blade; TE Dan Campbell; LB Scott Fujita; DT La'Roi Glover; WR Keyshawn Johnson; LB Dat Nguyen; OT Jacob Rogers.

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