Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Monday

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Brand new week, gang.

Jim Harbaugh's relationship with 49ers brass is getting worse - CBSSports.com
Things are not getting better behind the scenes for the San Francisco 49ers. There was a persistent rumble throughout the combine about the extent of the rift between coach Jim Harbaugh and the team's front office. It doesn't seem like it will go away, and there is increasing buzz that the team might have to decide between Harbaugh or GM Trent Baalke.

Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch wanted to try out for QB in college
"He came up to me in the restroom and says, 'I want to try out for quarterback this spring," Cortez told USA TODAY Sports this week. "I said, 'Marshawn, it's not Pop Warner. You're a tailback.'"

NFL Scouting Combine proves football's primacy in U.S. - NFL.com
Chris Wesseling dishes on his first NFL Scouting Combine. "Precious few inside trade secrets are revealed, yet fans can't get enough of the rumor and innuendo," he wrote of the experience.

Combine News & Notes: Sunday
Last night at dinner with a few scouts I learned that an FBI profiler was brought in to review the interview tapes of Aaron Hernandez from the 2010 combine. The profiler pointed out a number of signs during the interview which would’ve raised red flags had he seen it in 2010; body language, the way Hernandez answered questions, his body language answering questions. Bottom line is more teams will bring in profilers to review these interview tapes.

Boyd on Bridgewater: 'I thought we were here to compete' - NFL.com
Many big names sat out the throwing drills Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine. Tajh Boyd just can't understand why.

49ers Director of College Scouting Talks Combine
Matt Malaspina, 49ers Director of College Scouting, talks about the importance of the combine, the evaluation process, how he measures success and more.

Trent Baalke Previews Free Agency and Draft
Both Anquan Boldin and Donte Whitner want to return and Trent Baalke would like to make that happen.

LIVE BLOG: NFL scouting combine (WR, RB & QB) | Seahawks Draft Blog
Demarcus Lawrence is included, the guy we had going to Seattle in our pre-combine mock draft. Here’s McGinn’s report: "He can fit anywhere," one scout said. "He’s athletic enough to play outside linebacker. He’s long enough to play an edge 4-3 rusher like Seattle uses. Worker. Good athlete. Second round." Was suspended three times for team violations.

Pierre Desir stands out for more than his height
Pierre Desir is a tall cornerback from a tiny school, but he’s got a lot more going for him at the NFL Scouting Combine than his 6-foot-1 frame in an era where bigger corners are a hot commodity.

Finding corners as big as Seattle's is a big problem - 710sports.com
"They don't exist," Carroll said. "Big fast guys are the fewest people around ... There just aren't many humans like that in the world. It's rare when you find them."

Video: NFL Network's Mike Mayock evaluates the beginning of the NFL Combine | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here’s a good five minutes of video of NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock discussing what he has seen so far at the NFL Combine. Topics include his assessment of what he saw from the tight end, receiver, quarterback and running back classes that are here:

NFL Scouting Combine's biggest surprises - NFL.com
The NFL Scouting Combine always delivers its share of surprises and this week was no different.

Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers closing in on deal - NFL.com
The San Francisco 49ers are close to keeping Anquan Boldin off the open market.

NFL Scouting Combine proves football's primacy in U.S. - NFL.com
The NFL's draft process has come a long way since George Halas, Jim Thorpe and a dozen luminaries conceived the American Professional Football Association (APFA) in the showroom of Ralph Hay's Hupmobile auto dealership back in 1920.

Norv Turner installs 10 plays for Cordarrelle Patterson - NFL.com
Norv Turner's first order of business as Minnesota Vikings offense coordinator didn't involve the quarterback position. Turner immediately installed 10 plays for Cordarrelle Patterson, the team's most dynamic wide receiver.

2014 NFL combine: Canvassing the corner market - CBSSports.com
Labels are semi-permanent in scouting. When evaluators decide perception is reality, designations tend to stick.

2014 NFL combine: Five Takeaways from Sunday - CBSSports.com
Jaw-dropping performances from quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers made Sunday's workouts the most memorable day thus far at the 2014 NFL combine.

2014 NFL combine: Is Bloomsburg's Larry Webster a TE or DE? - CBSSports.com
The NFL has numerous examples of players who starred on the basketball court at the collegiate level before making a splash in the league, especially at tight end and defensive end. And Bloomsburg's Larry Webster could be next, but at which position?

2014 NFL combine: Dee Ford on Jadeveon Clowney: 'I'm better' - CBSSports.com
During the stretch run of 2013 and so far in the offseason, Auburn's Dee Ford established himself as a likely first-round pick and a potentially dominant pass rusher. Can he compete and compare with Jadeveon Clowney?

Mike Evans, little-known John Brown climb: Combine day 2 risers and sliders | Audibles - SI.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- With all due respect to the offensive linemen, tight ends and defensive players, Sunday's combine workout group of QBs, running backs and wide receivers usually stands as the headliner.

LSU WR Odell Beckham, Jr. leads the charge in Sunday’s first combine drills | Audibles - SI.com
Just as it was for the media on Friday, the arrival of the quarterbacks, running backs and receivers at the scouting combine signified prime time. And on Sunday (the last day of media availability), a handful of wretched and tired scribes were allowed to head in and watch the field drills, as quarterbacks threw to recievers. The first of two groups featured most of the big-name quarterbacks (Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, A.J. McCarron), though only Bortles and McCarron threw from that list.

Injuries have slowed Dominique Easley’s path, but the talent is still there | Audibles - SI.com
Before he suffered a torn ACL in Nov., 2012, Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine was perhaps the top prospect at his position in the 2013 draft class. But the injury sank his standing, and he was selected with the ninth pick in the second round by the San Francisco 49ers, though his game tape showed unequivocal top-15 talent. Carradine didn’t play at all in his rookie year — the 49ers basically saw him as a redshirt pick and hoped that he’d be ready to live up to his potential in the 2014 season.

Haslam confirms that Browns had talks with 49ers about Jim Harbaugh | ProFootballTalk
"There was an opportunity there, and it didn’t materialize," Haslam told Jarrett Bell of USA Today. Haslam did not address why the opportunity didn’t result in a transaction.

Brandin Cooks is the fastest wideout at the Combine | ProFootballTalk
"For me, I’m a playmaker," Cooks said during his interviews Saturday. "I’m able to create plays from nothing. Be able to catch a 3-yard ball, I’ll take it the distance. Those RAC yards, yards after the catch. "Speed kills and I feel like that’s what I’m going to bring to the game."

NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock 2014 NFL Scouting Combine Press Conference Call
Sunday, February 23

NFL combine: Under Jim Mora, UCLA punches up its Sunday prospects - latimes.com
In just two seasons with Jim Mora as coach, UCLA has re-established its presence at combine and become a destination for NFL scouts.

Seattle Seahawks strongly considering releasing Red Bryant - NFL.com
The Seattle Seahawks are strongly considering releasing Red Bryant, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, per a source informed of the team's plans.

Notes from Indianapolis: Part II | National Football Post
How did this year's class of wide receivers and running backs perform during their workouts?

Report: Seahawks will dump Red Bryant | ProFootballTalk
Bryant has a cap number of $8.5 million, coming from a $4.5 million base salary, a $3 million roster bonus, and $1 million in signing bonus allocation. Cutting him without the post-June 1 designation would result in a cap charge of $3 million, creating $5.5 million in immediate cap space. Cutting him with the post-June 1 designation would require the Seahawks to carry the $8.5 million until June 1, at which time $7.5 million in cap space would be created. The remaining $2 million in dead money would hit the cap in 2015.

On cutting Red Bryant | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
However, since then has come this from NFL.com that says the team is merely "strongly considering" releasing Bryant. That’s obviously a little different than the Marvez Tweet, which makes it sound like a done deal. That the team would be considering releasing Bryant isn’t really huge news as that has been speculated for months.

Browns owner confirms Harbaugh talks with 49ers
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam confirmed talks occurred with the San Francisco 49ers about possibly obtaining head coach Jim Harbaugh.

NFL combine: Foss HS alum Scott Crichton has personal motivations as he showcases himself | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Scott Crichton, who went to Foss High School and Oregon State, is motivated to support his family after an illustrious career with the Beavers.

Broaddus: Best Group Of Combine WR's I’ve Ever Seen
Physically, this was one of the best groups of wide receivers that I had ever seen in all my years of coming to the Combine. It was a combination of outstanding height and speed that was on display on Sunday here in Indianapolis.

Broaddus: Tight Ends Don’t Impress, But Burton Intrigues
Before I arrived in Indianapolis, the last position group that I took the time to study was the tight ends and I came away with some really positive thoughts about them prior to heading to the NFL Combine.

San Diego State RB Adam Muema leaves Combine early, cites religion - CBSSports.com
Speaking to Gelkhen from the Indianapolis International Airport, Muema said that he was "following God" who told him that his dream of playing for the Seattle Seahawks would come true if he left.

San Diego State RB Adam Muema leaves Combine early, cites religion - CBSSports.com
Speaking to Gelkhen from the Indianapolis International Airport, Muema said that he was "following God" who told him that his dream of playing for the Seattle Seahawks would come true if he left.

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