Arrington's price too high BY ARTHUR STAPLENewsday Staff WriterApril 21, 2006LaVar Arrington returned to the New York area yesterday to take a physical for the Giants, but general manager Ernie Accorsi said negotiations with the former Redskins linebacker haven't been seriously reopened.The only reason that Arrington, who had reconstructive surgery on his right knee two years ago, agreed to the physical is seemingly to get himself a deal, any deal, before the NFL draft April 29. Arrington's asking price - similar to the seven-year, $54-million contract that former 49ers linebacker Julian Peterson signed with the Seahawks - must go way down before the Giants will even consider him. "Once teams start picking young players at that position, I would assume teams that pick linebackers are going to be teams that are looking for linebackers. So I would assume that is going to affect his market," Accorsi said yesterday. "So I don't know what their decision-making process is, but we will go ahead with the draft the same way we always do. He has had a physical with us; that is all that has taken place. Nothing has happened in the negotiations."Obviously, you are not going to even think about a player unless you get a physical examination. So we have that. That has not in any way affected or influenced any supposed negotiations."Arrington's agents, Kevin and Carl Poston, did not return messages seeking comment, and the Giants would not confirm whether Arrington passed the physical. The Giants may be targeting a linebacker with their first-round pick, No. 25 overall. A few talented players are available at the weak-side position, including Alabama's DeMeco Ryans, Iowa's Chad Greenway and North Carolina State's Manny Lawson.Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter, son of former Giants running back Rob Carpenter, is another possibility, though a person familiar with his situation said yesterday that Carpenter won't be available when the Giants select."We are not going to pick a linebacker just to pick a linebacker," Accorsi said. "That is just not going to happen. We are going to pick a player that is decidedly higher rated. We have options."Arrington, 27, is running out of options as the days wind down to the draft. He also had visits with the Dolphins, Jaguars and Packers, though a published report yesterday said the Giants were the only team Arrington planned to revisit before the draft.