Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for TGIF

Friday.

Packers GM Thompson: UW QB Wilson 'impressive' at Wisconsin's pro day | Fond du Lac Reporter | fdlreporter.com
The one thing former University of Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson can’t change about himself prior to the NFL draft is his height. Or can he?

David Wilson’s Vision: Part IV – Exploring the Gray Area | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Ever watch a ball carrier in a football game finish a good run and still wonder if his choices were the best ones? If you watch the game with any regularity it has probably crossed your mind numerous times. The "what-if" game is a natural part of being an avid football fan.

Top 30 free agents: Insider's guide to best players on the market - NFL -
He's done NFL free agency and personnel from the inside. Now Pat Kirwan gives us his first version of the 30 best free agents available.

NFL - Peyton Manning decision was financial above anything else - ESPN
The dye is now cast. It would have been a dramatic upset if Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay exercised the option to extend Peyton Manning's contract for four more years by Thursday's deadline. All the signs pointed toward a separation; now the marriage between the Colts and Manning appears to have ended.

NFL - The Washington Redskins have the cap room to sign Peyton Manning - ESPN
2. Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks entered the week with $36.025 million of room, then signed running back Marshawn Lynch to a four-year, $31 million contract. Signing Manning wouldn't be a problem. Because of their cap room, the Seahawks are candidates to go after the most expensive defender in free agency, Texans defensive end Mario Williams, but they could switch priorities and upgrade the quarterback position. They currently have Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback. Upgrading to Manning wouldn't challenge their cap.

Manning should feel sense of urgency in picking his new team -
There's a report out there that says Peyton Manning probably decides where he plays next within a week, and that's good. He should -- not so much for what it will do for him as what it will do for his next employer. That could be Washington ... or Miami ... or Arizona ... or any of the 12 clubs that reportedly contacted Manning's agent after the star quarterback was released by Indianapolis. All want to solve the most important position on the field, and most want it done sooner rather than later. The reason: Free agency.

2012 NFL Draft: Whitney Mercilus Raising His Stock - Mocking The Draft
Players that play a premium position always tend to get a boost in value come draft time. Hence, the soaring stock of Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus.

Free Agent Countdown: Teams That Can't Spend - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
With just four business days left before the start of the NFL free agency period, it's high time for us to start the final portion of our sprawling, seemingly endless free agent preview. After standing in for agents, scoffing at the largesse of owners, and identifying comparables for the pool's key players, it's finally time to approach free agency from the perspective of the league's general managers and player personnel departments.

Glazer: Teams want Peyton as a free-agent recruiter | ProFootballTalk
Quarterback Peyton Manning intends to have a new team within a week. As Jay Glazer of FOX pointed out earlier on Thursday via Twitter, teams want to get Peyton on board as soon as possible.

QB Kirk Cousins: Footwork and Pocket Management | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Bill Walsh was a big proponent of studying a quarterback’s footwork and building on a prospect’s coordination to develop an accurate and efficient passer. Good footwork helps a passer generate good timing, accuracy, and velocity. There are some quarterbacks with great arm talent that have thrived despite poor footwork.

Who Is This Year's [Insert Free Agent Here]? - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Although it might not seem like it right now, there actually will be more to free agency than Peyton Manning. While the talent pool isn't quite as deep as the group that hit the market last year, in Mario Williams, it has a franchise player that might be more valuable than last year's star, Nnamdi Asomugha. And while there are some thin spots at quarterback and offensive tackle, the list of available players goes pretty deep at key positions like wide receiver and cornerback. You could put together a pretty solid starting 22 without even having to touch restricted free agents or franchised players. No, really, look:

Football 101: Deep Shots with the Air Coryell Offense | Bleacher Report
It was the spread offense before the spread offense, it had the ultimate move tight end before the move tight end, it was the West Coast Offense on steroids. It was known as the "Air Coryell," a high-flying, breathtaking offense that utilized the width of the field and shredded defenses vertically with supremely talented pass catchers.

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?

2012 Free Agent Tracker | ProFootballFocus.com
While the playoffs are far from settled, the majority of the NFL’s front offices are already looking toward next year. Following suit, we’re also turning one eye toward Mid-March and the opening of the NFL’s free agency period.

2012 NFL draft pro day updates - Tony Pauline - SI.com
In Coral Gables, Florida a number of former Miami Hurricanes impressed scouts with athletic workouts. Receiver Aldarius Johnson, who was suspended for the 2011 campaign due to off-field infractions, and Laron Byrd, a highly rated senior wideout who put up pedestrian numbers last season, both sizzled on at their pro day.

Peyton's Next Place | National Football Post
I also see the Seahawks as a realistic contender, replete with cash and only having limited ties to quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst. The issue there may be their potential pursuit of Matt Flynn, a favorite of general manager John Schneider from his time with the Packers. Flynn may also factor in discussions with the Dolphins.

Ranking the draft’s top 3-4 nose tackles | National Football Post
A lack of talent at the spot means the top prospects will go quickly.

NFL.com news: Post-combine position rankings for 2012 NFL Draft
The NFL Scouting Combine has been completed and prospects are attempting to impress teams at their respective pro days. Mike Mayock updates his position-by-position rankings for the 2012 NFL Draft. Changes from his pre-combine rankings are noted below each position.

NFL.com news: Position-by-position look at NFL's top free agents in 2012
Free agency begins Tuesday and the list of available players will grow as teams look to reduce payroll to get under the salary cap. There will be some pretty solid players that become available, but none will have the big-name appeal of quarterback Peyton Manning. He actually could be off the market by the time free agency officially begins because he's free to sign wherever he wants right now.

NFL.com news: Burfict, Brockers headline combine duds who need big pro days
The NFL Scouting Combine is a major factor in the evaluation process, but scouts place a greater emphasis on pro day performances.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard
Manning will immediately become the most sought-after free agent in NFL history, and the Seattle Seahawks would be nakedly incompetent if they didn't make a serious attempt to acquire him. Here's why..

Seahawks Blog | Polk improves his 40-yard dash time | Seattle Times Newspaper
Chris Polk was a couple pounds lighter and little bit faster in this NFL audition. Meanwhile, Alameda Ta'amu is about 10 pounds heavier than he played at. Both were impressive during the pro day at University of Washington, which was attended by representatives from about 15 of the NFL's 32 teams.

Seahawks release cornerback Trufant | HeraldNet.com - Sports
The emergence of Sherman and Browner last season lets Seattle part ways with the veteran defensive back.

Seahawks.com Blog | Free agent spotlight: Linebackers "
Third 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:

azcentral.com - members
I've received a lot of questions via twitter about the salary cap ramifications should the Cardinals not pay Kevin Kolb the $7 million roster bonus he's due later this month.

The ‘not so fast’ group… " Seahawks Draft Blog
A wide range of names are paired with Seattle in the various mock drafts doing the rounds, with some suggestions more realistic than others. Today I wanted to look at a handful of players that are often projected to the Seahawks that I think are unlikely to be on the team’s radar on April 26th.

What's Pete Carroll got up his sleeve? | National Football Post
Peyton Manning? Mario Williams? RG3? The Seahawks have been linked to all the big names this offseason.

Peyton Manning looking to buck trend of old QBs underwhelming on new teams - Kerry J. Byrne - SI.com
As Peyton Manning looks for a new home after 14 years with the Colts, it's important to remember one thing: It rarely ends well for the great ones, especially the quarterbacks.

Tanier: Seattle is the perfect place for Peyton - NFL- NBC Sports
The pawns are off the board. It’s time to talk about the kings. In the first two free agent matchmaker articles, I found great homes for very good players like Marques Colston and Cortland Finnegan. Now it’s time for the big pieces to make their moves. The next four players are among the biggest prizes on the free agent market. No one knows where they will land, but the Football Outsiders database can help us determine where they should land.

Do The Seahawks Have A Shot At Manning? | Seattle Seahawks
Seattle is one of a half dozen teams (maybe more) interested in QB Peyton Manning, whom the Indianapolis Colts released this past week to avoid paying a $28 million roster bonus.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Reggie Wayne would "love" to join Peyton Manning in Miami, thinks he and Brandon Marshall would be a "great combination"
Reggie Wayne joined Michael Irvin on WQAM in Miami to relay his reaction to the predictable yet still jarring news of Manning’s release, while also voicing his desire to team up with Manning and top-flight wide receiver Brandon Marshall in Miami next year. While he was at it, Wayne also stomped on the notion that Manning would struggle to adjust to certain systems.

What's next for cornerback Marcus Trufant? - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
"He'll get a job because there's enough needs for cornerbacks," Clayton said. "Is he gonna go on that pipeline down to Tennessee that's been so important for Matt Hasselbeck and [Jordan] Babineaux and guys like that?"

Seahawks | Team source: Seahawks will be pursuing QB Peyton Manning | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Seahawks are one of several teams who will try to sign free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning, according to a team source, but it's going to take a good sales pitch to get him.

Seattle Seahawks offseason plan: Corraling quarterback is key - NFL - Sporting News
The heavy lifting of rebuilding Seattle’s roster is done. The offensive line that was such a problem the past four years has been reshaped and running back Marshawn Lynch has restored the ground game.

Ex-Saint Anthony Hargrove: No bounty for hit on Brett Favre - NFL - SI.com
Current Seahawks defensive end Anthony Hargrove has released a statement to SI.com in reaction to his name surfacing in connection with the league's investigation of a bounty program within the New Orleans Saints organization from 2009 to 2011.

Jerry Brewer | If Peyton Manning is healthy, Seahawks must roll out red carpet | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Seahawks only need to spend billionaire owner Paul Allen's money — he probably lost Manning's $20 million-a-year salary in his couch, right?

Fullfilling A Dream: Sam Alzahawi's Interview With Mike Mayock | Articles
Draft season is here and every year there’s one name you will hear consistently during the draft process. It’s a former NFL player who won’t be strapping up his cleats for the combine, interviewing with teams for his own benefits and be exposed to the rigours of the draft. Mike Mayock is the sounding board to millions of fans and pundits alike, who all turn to the NFL Network’s number one draft analyst for all they need to know about what has become one of the biggest events on the NFL calendar.

WR Toon highlights "impressive" Wisconsin Pro Day - CBSSports.com
Senior wide receiver Nick Toon shaved more than a tenth of a second off of the 4.54 second time he had posted at the Scouting Combine, ran crisp routes and plucked the ball out of the air easily, highlighting what one veteran NFL scout called an "impressive group overall" at the Wisconsin Pro Day.

Seattle a possible destination for Peyton Manning | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Following the news out of Indianapolis on Wednesday – that the Colts had released quarterback Peyton Manning – expect the Seattle Seahawks to be one of a handful of teams around the league lining up for his services.

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