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Inside Dish: Ravens looking to trade Lewis

By Dan Pompei - SportingNews

The Ravens have put feelers out to see what they can get in a trade for MLB Ray Lewis, but thus far, some teams are willing to part only with a second-round pick. If the Ravens can get a late first-round pick, they probably will trade Lewis. . . .

C LeCharles Bentley has told people he plans to explore the free-agent market and is disappointed the Saints didn't take care of his contract issues before now. Neither side has ruled out Bentley's return, but neither seems eager to make it work, either. Bentley is from Cleveland, and the Browns figure to be interested. They would have to move Bentley to guard, where he has experience, because they already have C Jeff Faine. Bentley also could provide important depth behind Faine, who missed 12 games in his first three seasons because of injuries. . . .

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wants more leadership from his players, particularly WR Chad Johnson. He is a magnificent talent, but he creates distractions with his trash-talking and end zone celebrations. Johnson admits he needs to be less emotional. Any whispers of trade rumors involving Johnson were silenced by WR Chris Henry's recent arrest on gun charges. . . .

Free-agent RB Ahman Green could end up back with the Packers. Green is making progress in his recovery from a torn thigh muscle, but he won't be 100 percent until after training camp, which hurts his appeal on the open market. His best bet is to sign a one-year deal with the Packers and re-establish himself. Unless the club drafts a back in the first few rounds, Green could at least share the feature back role in 2006. . . .

The Bears made big moves the past two offseasons by signing OT John Tait ('04) and WR Muhsin Muhammad ('05), and G.M. Jerry Angelo plans to be aggressive again. One target will be Steelers WR/PR Antwaan Randle El, a Chicago native. Angelo also could look to add a youthful player or two to an aging offensive line. . . .

G.M. Ernie Accorsi knows the Giants need a playmaking cornerback and that he may have to trade up in the draft to get one. That is something he never has shied away from. As he proved with draft-day trades for TE Jeremy Shockey and QB Eli Manning, he won't lose the player he wants just to hold on to a third- or fourth-round pick who may never contribute. . . .

If the Panthers don't re-sign RB DeShaun Foster, Ravens free agent Chester Taylor could be a logical replacement because he's a solid runner who doesn't have a lot of wear on his body. The Panthers also could be interested in power runner T.J. Duckett if the Falcons place him on the trading block. . . .

Because LT Leonard Davis has a base salary of about $7 million for '06, there has been speculation the Cardinals might part with him. Don't believe it. The team is well under the salary cap has been criticized in the past for letting young, talented players leave. The Cardinals are not about to let Davis walk. . . .

The Cowboys must make significant improvements to the offensive line to have a shot at the playoffs. LT Flozell Adams, who is coming off knee surgery, and Gs Larry Allen and Marco Rivera are on the downsides of their careers and could struggle in December as practices and games take their toll. The Cowboys need to add at least two younger players capable of starting.

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Lets be serious, Chad Johnson's trash talking or TD celebrations are not the reason the Bengals would consider trading him. THIS just tells you that something really bad happened at halftime of the pittsburgh playoff game.

If the Jets have any $ to sign one free agent, I hope Hutchinson or Bentley is that guy.

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