Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Tuesday

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 11: Kellen Winslow #82 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rushes after a catch during the season opener against the Detroit Lions at Raymond James Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

TUESDAY.

On the Seahawks' deal for Kellen Winslow - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks have added two tight ends over the past 10 months with Pro Bowls on their resumes. Neither move appeared to be a high priority at the time. Both have the potential to make the team better.

Buccaneers trade TE Kellen Winslow to Seahawks - NFL.com
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded veteran tight end Kellen Winslow to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers and Seahawks announced via news releases on Monday.

Bucs deal TE Kellen Winslow to Seahawks, sign ex-Colt Dallas Clark - NFL - SI.com
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded tight end Kellen Winslow to the Seattle Seahawks for a draft pick on Monday night and signed former Colts star Dallas Clark to replace him.

Hawks trade for TE Kellen Winslow Jr. | Seahawks Insider
The Seattle Seahawks confirmed this evening that the team has consummated a trade for Tampa Bay tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. According to the team, Seattle gave up a conditional draft pick in 2013 to obtain Winslow.

Why Jason Cole is wrong to criticise Seattle’s QB competition " Seahawks Draft Blog
On Saturday I linked to an article by Yahoo’s Jason Cole where he criticises Pete Carroll and John Schneider’s approach to the quarterback position. Cole believes the Seahawks should’ve invested in ‘a guy’ by now and be building around them, with a degree of commitment to the chosen quarterback. He believes Seattle’s ‘competition’ mantra at the position is counter-productive.

Wilson and the 6-feet-and-under club | Seahawks Insider
"He’s not going to be a starting quarterback," Polian said about Wilson. "That’s not what you draft him to be. You draft him to be a backup quarterback who can play six games a year. And if he plays six games a year, there’s every likelihood that you’ll win four if you’ve got a good defense. "That’s a valuable commodity in the National Football League."

Football Today - ESPN
Matt Williamson discusses the latest news in the NFL. Plus he talks to Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson and Titans rookie Kendall Wright.

Wesseling: Fantasy Top Tens - Goal Line Stand - Rotoworld.com
On the heels of the Rotoworld magazine and draft guide conference call last week, Evan Silva kicked off our 2012 preliminary rankings with his list of the top-10 players at each offensive fantasy position. Answering a few requests on Twitter, I'm adding my own lists and analysis below. Pat Daugherty is expected to follow suit later in the week.

Take your pick: Quarterback for one season, one game, one play - NFL.com
Training camp is always a fun time for the personnel department. Most days are spent attending two practices, eating great food and watching college players on video. However, one of my favorite aspects of camp is the free time in the evenings. During this time, there is always great discussion and debate about the game of football. One year, we spent hours discussing the following question ... If you had your choice, which quarterback would you take for one season, one game and one play? Below I have selected two quarterbacks for each scenario: one active and one retired. Keep in mind, I'm not old enough to have watched the great QBs of 1950s, '60s and '70s.

Would you make a play for Kellen Winslow? | National Football Post
Health is a concern, but will the TE give you some options in the game plan?

Need a tight end? What about Winslow? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks still need a tight end to replace John Carlson. Visanthe Shiancoe's name has highlighted a shallow pool of veteran free-agent options. Looks like we might be adding Kellen Winslow's name to the list at some point.

Deep Posts: Winslow not wanted in Tampa Bay? | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Winslow said that he got the news Saturday night -- the Bucs will look to trade him to the right team, and if that doesn't work out (which it won't now ... public knowledge tends to kill trade value), he may be released. Winslow had one of his best seasons in 2010, but declined along with the rest of Tampa Bay's offense in 2011. Schiano may prefer more traditional blocking tight ends in what projects to be a run-heavy offense. He also said that the team was unhappy about his choice to work away from the facility this offseason.

Peyton Manning (and Tom Moore)’s Indianapolis Colts Offense | Smart Football
For thirteen seasons — spanning three head coaches, two Super Bowl appearances, one Super Bowl victory, four NFL MVP awards, and countless incredible games — Peyton Manning led the Indianapolis Colts. In eleven of those seasons, the Colts won at least ten games, including for nine straight seasons, not counting 2011′s disastrous Peyton-less year. But now Manning is a Bronco, in a new town, playing for a new team, and in a (somewhat) new scheme. I am not as confident as some that Manning’s injury won’t prevent him from playing at the incredible level he played at for so many years, and I am also not as sure of the Broncos coaching staff as some. As a football fan, however, I want nothing other than for Manning to take the field this fall, clad in Denver orange, and to light up the NFL all over again. But time will tell on all of that.

Building A Defense One Lineman at A Time - Turf Show Times
Examining the strength of the Rams' defensive line for 2012.

On the rise: Rams' Quinn and a few others - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Aldon Smith's 14-sack rookie season and Bruce Irvin's recent first-round selection have obscured another young NFC West pass-rusher with great potential. Not for long, perhaps.

A Route Lesson for Panthers WR Joe Adams From Wes Welker | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Carolina Panthers rookie receiver Joe Adams has dynamite skills after the catch. I also like his ability to catch the football. However, one thing I consistently saw at Senior Bowl practices was difficulty getting early separation against press coverage.

Robert Griffin III impresses at Washington Redskins' OTAs - Don Banks - SI.com
Forget the passionate, full-blown swoon experienced by Redskins fans and the entire Washington D.C. area over the arrival of Robert Griffin III; you should hear the reception he's getting in his own locker room.

What Fisher, Harbaugh and Flynn avoided - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross checked in Monday with thoughts on the team's quarterback situation.

Dexter McCluster working solely at receiver for Chiefs - NFL.com
Kansas City Chiefs running back Dexter McCluster was back working exclusively with the wide receivers when the team opened up its OTAs on Monday, Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star reports.

49ers Blog and Q&A: The 49ers' most reliable targets from 2011
Jim Harbaugh's "best hands ever" quote from last week prompted me to go back over San Francisco's 2011 statistics - both regular season and postseason - in terms of which receiver caught the most passes thrown his way.

Tight end Kellen Winslow could help the Seahawks - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
The Seahawks are still looking for a tight end to complement Zach Miller after losing John Carlson in free agency, and a well-known veteran could be available.

Seahawks.com Blog | Phase 3 kicks off, but OTAs start on Tuesday "
Phase 3 of the Seahawks’ offseason program kicked off this morning, and looked a lot like the workouts in Phase 2: Offense on one end of the indoor practice field at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, defense on the other during the 45-minute session. That will change on Tuesday, when the players will participate in the first of 10 OTA workouts. The session will be longer and, for the first time this offseason, veteran quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn will be working against a defense.

Breaking down Wisconsin RB Montee Ball | National Football Post
Is he an elite NFL prospect?

Implementing the plan | National Football Post
Following the team’s 4-12 disaster last season, the Buccaneers are putting together a blueprint for success in 2012.

Breakout players 2012: DeMarco Murray among group ready to follow Cam Newton's lead - NFL - Sporting News
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton — the first overall pick in the 2011 draft—lead a group of five rookies who made the Pro Bowl last season. Newton, the offensive rookie of the year, was joined in Hawaii by Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, the No. 2 overall pick and defensive rookie of the year. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson made it as an NFC return man, and the Cincinnati Bengals’ passing game combo of wide receiver A.J. Green and quarterback Andy Dalton got well-deserved AFC nods. Although they didn’t quite make it, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (14 sacks) and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (959 yards, nine TDs) flashed their all-star potential. That’s a magnificent seven of immediate breakouts, but the draft class of 2011 is set to add more ace students to the honor roll. Here’s another seven set for sensational sophomore years:

2011's Best Performances: 4-3 Outside Linebackers | ProFootballFocus.com
PFF's Khaled Elsayed wraps up the Best Performances series with a look at 2011's best games by 4-3 outside linebackers.

NFL Sophomores: To The Next Step - NFL Draft - Steuber
NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber identifies the seven NFL sophomores - one from each round of the 2011 NFL Draft - who are ready to take the next step.

Look who's feeling the heat during OTAs - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Shamzk2 asked earlier Monday whether this was the most pointless item ever. "No, not the most pointless," I assured him. "I'm saving the most pointless one for later, when things slow down. Right now it's really hopping in the division." How low can we go in the third week of May?

Rams' Les Snead thinks DL has dominant potential - NFL.com
St. Louis general manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher knew they couldn't make the Rams roster whole in one offseason. So they focused on getting extra draft picks, building depth and making a few units on the team as strong as possible. Starting with the defensive line.

TDIF: Happy Birthday, Bud Grant! : NFL Films Blog
On May 20, 1927, all-time great Vikings coach Bud Grant was born in Superior, Wisconsin. Grant lettered in 9 sports at the University of Minnesota. He played on 2 NBA championship teams with the Minneapolis Lakers, as well as for the Philadelphia Eagles and in the CFL, where he would eventually begin his coaching career with Winnipeg. He led Minnesota to four Super Bowls, and in 1994 was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. So happy 84th birthday to the legendary Bud Grant. Here’s a look back at him, as originally presented on NFL Films Presents.

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