Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Sunday

Hi ladies and gents, here are some links! Read them!

Thoughts on the STL-WASH trade " Seahawks Draft Blog
The Washington Redskins have won the Robert Griffin III sweepstakes, striking a deal with St. Louis for the #2 overall pick. The trade can’t be ratified until the new league year starts next Tuesday, but it appears RGIII will be playing in the NFC East. The price? Potentially as much as three first round picks, including Washington’s #6 overall pick this year. A heavy price, and people now see why Seattle never had any realistic chance of moving up for the Baylor quarterback.

Could LaMichael James make sense for the Seahawks? " Seahawks Draft Blog
According to our insider source, Seattle is looking at adding a running back at some point in this year’s draft, potentially as early as the 12th overall pick depending on how the board falls. Seattle has many other needs though, and that coupled with a deep running back class could cause them to address a few other areas first. That means Seattle could end up hunting for value at running back, snatching up one of the last few remaining big name talents around the 3rd round or so. Its worth noting that we received this information about a month ago, long before the NFL combine or the recent events in free agency. Since that time, Seattle has signed Marshawn Lynch to a smart four year contract that pays him surprisingly little in the first two years while having an easy out in years three and four in a worst case scenario.

Breaking down Sanchez’s "lipstick and powder" contract | ProFootballTalk
Yes, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will earn $20.5 million in guaranteed money in 2012 and 2013 as part of his new contract. The fact, however, that Sanchez already was due to earn $17.75 million over the next two seasons has prompted one league source to characterize the move as a "lipstick and powder" deal.

NFL -- Peyton Manning presents a unique case - ESPN
Even now, a few days later, it is still hard to comprehend that Peyton Manning is a free agent. Players of his pedigree and caliber simply do not become available in the NFL … ever. In my time as vice president of the Packers, it was important to me that our signature player, Brett Favre, never got close to the finish line of his contract and seeing free agency in the distance.

Aaron Curry restructures to give Raiders more cap space | ProFootballTalk
Florio mentioned late last month that the salary cap-strapped Raiders had the ability to shed a large amount of cap space via specific contract restructurings and releases. One of the players Florio mentioned was linebacker Aaron Curry.

Wisconsin Pro Day: Offensive standouts impress - NFL - Sporting News
Guard Kevin Zeitler, wide receiver Nick Toon and quarterback Russell Wilson all had impressive workouts Wednesday at Wisconsin's Pro Day in Madison. Center Peter Konz, a potential first-round pick in next month's NFL Draft, did not participate; he's recovering from a left ankle injury suffered against Minnesota last October. He is expected to work out for teams in early April.

Mike Adams, DeVier Posey star at Ohio State's pro day - NFL - Sporting News
Ohio State's pro day was fruitful for two offensive NFL draft prospects in particular: Tackle Mike Adams and wide receiver DeVier Posey. Their solid workouts were huge, because both players have been climbing draft boards and needed to put a stamp on their strong postseason.

New Era Unveils 2012 NFL Draft Hats - Mocking The Draft
Ladies and gentlemen, the moment you've all been waiting for. The New Era draft hats are here.

2012 NFL Draft: Orson Charles Not Helping Himself - Mocking The Draft
Orson Charles has been looking for ways to hurt his stock leading up to April's draft.

Eye On Football - CBSSports.com 2012 NFL Free Agency Previews: NFC West
There's little doubt that Pete Carroll has helped make Seattle a better franchise in his two seasons there, but the Seahawks were slightly disappointing last year, especially coming on their heels of their improbable playoff appearance in 2010. Remember, that was the first time an NFL team had made the postseason with a losing record, but in 2011, with the same 7-9 record, Seattle was nowhere near the playoffs (thanks San Francisco!).

Report: Vikings to cut Steve Hutchinson, Anthony Herrera | ProFootballTalk
With free agency starting in three days, the Vikings apparently are clearing some cap space in the hopes of making a move or two.

2012 cap number coming Monday | ProFootballTalk
Multiple league sources tells PFT that the 2012 team-by-team salary cap number will be communicated to the teams on Monday.

RGIII Counter Point | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Jim Urbano is a former college quarterback who I compete with in a fantasy league. He was kind enough to allow me to share his point of view that he also shared with the Footballguys Shark Pool forums when reading my take on a play I analyzed of RGIII’s versus Oklahoma State. I think Jim underscores some good points about the spread formation and the inherent difficulty of evaluating quarterbacks operating from it.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Wisdom of Crowds Review: QBs and RBs
As much as we love our KUBIAK fantasy projection system, there's still plenty of randomness to make the entire endeavor an inexact science. Imagine if your Week 1 starting fantasy football lineup was Michael Vick, Chris Johnson, Peyton Hillis, Santonio Holmes, Anquan Boldin, Dallas Clark, Adam Vinatieri, and Eagles defense/special teams. In early September, you were feeling reasonably comfortable with that lineup. By the time early December rolled around, you had probably been eagerly anticipating your league's Toilet Bowl for over a month.

Freeney's farewell? | National Football Post
Now that they’re in a rebuilding mode, it looks like Dwight Freeney will be joining Peyton Manning as an ex-Colt.

Sanchez extension basically locks him in as Jets QB | National Football Post
Financial commitment may end talk of Peyton in Big Apple.

Did the Redskins give up too much for RG3? | National Football Post
Was Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill actually a better value?

Is there still value with Brandon Jacobs? | National Football Post
Why the RB could help a team in a secondary role.

Free Agent Countdown: Teams That Should Lay Low - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Our preview of free agency continues today with those teams who should go into free agency and hold steady, even if that's not what they actually end up doing. Of the four groups of teams that make up this free agent preview, this is the closest one to a "Leftovers" set, but there's no shame in that; you can't hit the free agent market hard every year, and some of these teams enjoy annual success without pounding the pavement in March.

NFL - Drop in franchise tag numbers help teams - ESPN
Values for NFL franchises couldn't be higher. The new collective bargaining agreement gave the NFL 10 years of labor peace. The league cut a deal that provided teams a better percentage of revenues. Network television extensions add billions to the fortunes of the league. How did the value of franchise players drop?

NFL.com news: Peyton Manning tour to touch down in Arizona on Saturday
The Peyton Manning derby has its next official stop, as the free-agent quarterback is flying to Arizona on Saturday to meet with Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, team sources told Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer.

NFL - QB market is taking shape - ESPN
We all know the NFL is all about the quarterbacks, and Friday only confirmed it. The Redskins traded three No. 1s and a No. 2 to move into position to draft Robert Griffin III. The Broncos, Cardinals and Dolphins made mad scrambles to have audiences with Peyton Manning. Unable to land Manning, the Jets did an expensive three-year extension with Mark Sanchez. All of a sudden, the quarterback landscape is taking shape.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Six Degrees Of Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning will reportedly sign with a football team sometime in the next week, and it probably won't be the Seahawks. No matter where he signs, there will be a ripple effect that could impact the Seahawks quarterback plans

Thiel: Manning too much of an impulse buy | Seattle Seahawks
For all the reasons that pursuing Peyton Manning can make sense for the Seahawks, there’s one football deal-breaker: The offensive line isn’t ready for him.

Draft analyst says he'd give Kearse a 7th-round grade - Daily Links Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Unreliable hands didn't stop Jermaine Kearse from becoming one of the most prolific receivers in Washington's history. They might keep him from being drafted, though.

Ex-NFL quarterback Phil Simms isn't sold on Matt Flynn - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Matt Flynn has positioned himself for a lucrative contract based essentially on two impressive starts and the Packers' reputation for developing young quarterbacks. Phil Simms isn't quite sold.

Seahawks Blog | Tatupu to Atlanta, Curry stays in Oakland | Seattle Times Newspaper
There was a time that Lofa Tatupu and Aaron Curry were considered part of the bedrock of Seattle's defense for the foreseeable future. In fact that time wasn't all that long ago. Less than three years.

Seahawks.com Blog | Free agent spotlight: Receivers "
Fourth in a series looking the players who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents Tuesday, although the following information does not reflect who the Seahawks might be targeting:

Seahawks.com Blog | Free agent spotlight: Offensive line "
Free agent spotlight: Offensive line Fifth in a series looking the players who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents Tuesday, although the following information does not reflect who the Seahawks might be targeting:

Memory Lane: Tatupu, Hutch revisited - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Two moves making NFL headlines Saturday recall the Seattle Seahawks' finest season. Lofa Tatupu's contract agreement with Atlanta came just as Minnesota was releasing seven-time All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson. Both players earned Pro Bowl honors with Seattle when the team made its lone Super Bowl appearance following the 2005 season.

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