--The Giants, without a first round draft pick, have been quietly inquiring as to the availability of one via trade. The best-sounding rumor so far is for them to package their second round pick (43rd) and cornerback Will Allen (a former first round pick) to St. Louis for the Rams' first (19th overall). But what they'd do with it remains unclear.
--The team's obvious need for a LT may not be satisfied in free agency. On the other hand, with Kareem McKenzie signing, they can put him at his accustomed position of RT and move David Diehl back to RG, where he started as a rookie. Diehl was moved to RT last year and wasn't as good; in fact, a few personnel scouts suggested that the 6-5, 320-pound Diehl has a chance to be a Pro Bowl guard.
--The Giants are trying to re-sign RB Mike Cloud but have no interest in doing the same to RB Ron Dayne, their first round pick in 2000. A rumor last week had Dayne signing with Houston, but the Texans released a statement saying they had "no interest in that player."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I have been here for eight years and a lot of my life is in that locker room. But this is a business above all. I understand the situation and I have no regrets or resentment. It was a fun ride." -- WR Ike Hilliard, released by the Giants because of salary restrictions.
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