Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

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Kenny Britt: I'll be a No. 1 receiver 'somewhere else' - NFL.com
"I am going to be a No. 1 receiver somewhere else if I am not here next year, and that is guaranteed," Britt told The Tennessean at the end of the season. "I am definitely going to be a receiver that makes plays on Sundays and makes something happen for a team."

Cleveland Browns Salary Cap: Understanding the 89% Cash Spending Requirement - Dawgs By Nature
Chris Pokorny presents an detailed and through explanation as to what the 89% minimum spending requirement is in the NFL, and where the Cleveland Browns stand when it comes to cap hits vs. cash spends.

2014 NFL Draft: Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook, Post-Combine
The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine is over, and with it the predraft process rolls on. With just over two months left until the May 8 draft gets started, much is changing in the NFL.

Mike Smith, Thomas Dimitroff Speak At Sloan Sports Analytics Conference - The Falcoholic
Interesting remarks abounded for the Falcons' head coach and general manager, who were panels at the nation's most prestigious sports analytics conference

Scout's Take Blog: Draft observations by an ex-NFL player, scout - NFL.com
NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks will be providing insight on the hot topics and top prospects involved in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Miami Dolphins shopping 2013 first-round pick Dion Jordan - CBSSports.com
A year after trading up to get Dion Jordan with the third overall pick in the draft, the Dolphins have begun shopping him to other clubs, league sources said. Miami has talked to other teams already to gauge Jordan's trade value.

Seahawks Draft Blog
This wasn’t a big shock. The news was already out there, the moves both inevitable. Sidney Rice and Red Bryant weren’t going to go any further with the Seahawks.

Seahawks make first tough decisions: Sidney Rice, Red Bryant released
GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll admitted that there were some difficult decisions ahead for the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, and two were made today when defensive end Red Bryant and wide receiver Sidney Rice were released.

Reports: NFL bumps salary cap to $133 million - 710sports.com
The NFL reportedly notified teams in a memo Friday that the 2014 salary cap will be $133 million. ProFootballTalk first reported the news Friday.

Seahawks release Red Bryant and Sidney Rice - 710sports.com
Earlier this month, Red Bryant was celebrating the Super Bowl victory that he helped deliver as the captain of the defense that led Seattle to its first championship.

Seahawks creating their own window of opportunity - 710sports.com
A Super Bowl team generally spends the offseason trying to avoid subtractions.

What the release of Bryant, Rice might mean moving forward | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The expected became the reality on Friday: The Seahawks cut ties with wide receiver Sidney Rice and defensive end Red Bryant. Because of their large salaries, neither move was surprising.

Offseason Forecast: San Francisco 49ers - NFL.com
Between Anquan Boldin's potential return and the Jim Harbaugh-Browns saga, can the 49ers add the necessary pieces to win the Super Bowl after three excruciatingly close misses?

Jimmy Graham franchise tagged by New Orleans Saints - NFL.com
The New Orleans Saints confirmed Friday that they'll place the franchise tag on Jimmy Graham. Will the tight end now file a grievance to be paid like a wide receiver?

Greg Hardy receives Carolina Panthers' franchise tag - NFL.com
Greg Hardy will remain with the Carolina Panthers after the team announced Friday they used the franchise tag on him. Will the pass rusher will sign a long-term deal down the road?

Miami Dolphins unlikely to shop Jordan, Wallace, Wake - NFL.com
The Miami Dolphins are due for an overhaul with a new general manager in place. Find out if the team is shopping the trio of Dion Jordan, Mike Wallace and Cameron Wake.

2014 NFL Mock Drafts - Pat Kirwan - CBSSports.com NFLDraftScout.com
Pat Kirwan's expert NFL mock draft -- provide by CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout.com.

NFP Mock Draft 1.0 | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel and Eric Galko team up on our first mock of 2014.

2014 Combine performance: Defensive Backs | National Football Post
Who stood out from the crowd in Tuesday's workouts?

Donald Butler, San Diego Chargers agree to deal | Audibles - SI.com
The Chargers defense got a big boost Friday, re-signing linebacker Donald Butler to a multiyear deal. Butler first announced the deal on Twitter.

Connor Barwin of Philadelphia Eagles describes NFL locker room culture | The MMQB with Peter King
By Connor Barwin Philadelphia Eagles I get asked a lot about "locker room culture" these days. Ever since the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito bullying situation and the recent coming out of Michael Sam, it seems the media has become fascinated with understanding the inner workings of an NFL team.

Pittsburgh Steelers face tough choices this offseason | The MMQB with Peter King
As we count down the days to the start of the new NFL league year and free agency on March 11, one of the more intriguing teams to watch will be the Steelers.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | NFL's Short-Yardage Strategy: Hiding the Sneak?
Before the 2013 season started I did a study of the most unstoppable play in the NFL: the quarterback sneak. When something works over 85 percent of the time regardless of the quarterback's height, speed and other abilities, then how does this not become a more widespread play call when a team needs a yard? Wouldn't the Colts be better off letting Andrew Luck pick a spot to squeeze in a few inches behind his center than to hand off to Trent Richardson four yards in the backfield? Using the quarterback as a short-yardage weapon more often is something every team should look into. After crunching the numbers for 2013, I can say the results were on par with past years, except for one major difference.

10 things to know about the Jimmy Graham franchise tag | ProFootballTalk
Now that the Saints have applied the franchise tag to tight end Jimmy Graham, plenty of things can happen over the next four months or so. Here are 10 things to know about the situation, which could get more and more interesting as time goes by. 1. The Saints don't designate the position.

Predictions in Review: NFC South — FootballPerspective.com
During the 2013 offseason, I wrote 32 articles under the RPO 2013 tag. In my Predictions in Review series, I review those preview articles with the benefit of hindsight. Previously, I reviewed the AFC West, the NFC West, and the the AFC South. Today, the NFC South.

Revisiting the Combine - 2006 | The Sideline View
The 2014 NFL Combine is in the books, and at the end of the four day underwear -- errr, performance gear -- extravaganza, most of the nation is still talking about the two players we were all talking about heading in to Indianapolis: Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel and South Carolina uber-edge player Jadeveon Clowney.

Biggest Winners at 2014 NFL Scouting Combine
As the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine comes to an end, the 2014 draft class only has their pro day separating them from the draft. But pro days do not have as much information as the combine does, and for many of us the combine yielded some big winners. These guys stepped up and improved their status for the upcoming draft. Now, in the end most NFL teams have their mind made up based on the last few years of college football, but the combine can offer some things as well. Here are three winners from this year’s combine.

2014 NFL Draft: eDraft's Official Post-Combine Center Position Rankings
With the combine all wrapped up, eDraft will now rank their top players at each position. Please be aware that these rankings were made from a combination of writers on the site. We start our ranking series with the center position. Perhaps one of the most underrated positions on the offense, a center must point out to his offensive line if any blitzes are coming. Only guys who are smart and athletic can play this position.

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