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What the loss of Golden Tate means for the Seahawks | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks lost receiver Golden Tate to the Detroit Lions because he became too expensive. Tate signed a five-year contract reportedly worth $31 million, including $13 million guaranteed. According to the Detroit Free Press, Tate told reporters at his opening press conference in Detroit that he thought he was going to stay in Seattle: 'I...

Recapping Golden Tate's first press conference with Lions - Pride Of Detroit
A look at what Golden Tate had to say during his first press conference as a member of the Detroit Lions.

Golden Tate's departure shows losses are inevitable - 710sports.com
Losses are inevitable in the NFL.

Conflicting reports on Seahawks and Jared Allen - 710sports.com
The first day of free agency brought reports that the Seahawks were speaking with defensive end Jared Allen. A day later, he reportedly hasn't.

Seattle learning you can't keep everyone - NFC West Blog - ESPN
It’s starting to become obvious why it’s so difficult to keep a Super Bowl-winning team together. In less than 24 hours of free agency, the Seahawks have lost four players, including wide receiver Golden Tate.

Seahawks release DE Chris Clemons | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
A move that seemed inevitable happened Wednesday with the Seahawks releasing defensive end Chris Clemons in a cost-saving move.The Seahawks acquired...

Jets bring Giacomini from Seattle | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks tackle Breno Giacomini won a Super Bowl ring at MetLife Stadium. He’ll now earn his living there.

Take the money and run: Don't fault NFL players for cashing in | HeraldNet.com - Sports
Four weeks into the 2013 season, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was taken off the field strapped to a backboard and transported to a...

Tony McDaniel re-signs with Seattle Seahawks - NFL.com
Tony McDaniel is staying with the Seattle Seahawks. Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the team has re-signed the defensive tackle to a two-year deal with a maximum value of $6.3 million.

Chris Clemons close to joining Gus Bradley, Jaguars - NFL.com
Chris Clemons was released Wednesday afternoon by the Seattle Seahawks. By Wednesday night, he might be joining his former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Eagles agree to terms with former Seahawks safety Chris Maragos
The Eagles have agreed to terms with safety/special-teams ace Chris Maragos on a three-year deal Wednesday morning. Maragos, 27, comes to Philadelphia after three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

NY Giants reportedly call off deal with O’Brien Schofield after medical - NY Daily News
Giants doctors discovered an issue with Schofield's knee, according to two NFL sources, which caused the team to pull its two-year, $8 million offer. New York is believed to still be interested in the 6-3, 242-pounder, but at a vastly reduced price.

Cardinals sign Jonathan Dwyer, Ted Larsen, Marcus Benard | ProFootballTalk
After the retirement of Rashard Mendenhall, the Cardinals have picked up another former Steelers running back. Jonathan Dwyer, a 2010 sixth-round pick of the Steelers who has played his entire career in Pittsburgh, has signed with the Cardinals.

Broncos, Patriots ramp up AFC arms race in free agency - NFL.com
The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots ratcheted up the arms race on the second day of free agency. How do signings like Darrelle Revis and DeMarcus Ware shift the balance of power in the AFC?

A Look at the 2014 NFL Draft's Most Overrated Stars
Every year draft hype starts in September and continues until the day of the annual NFL draft. People who really have no clue as to what is or isn't NFL talent start saying, "Such and such player is a sure-fire first-round pick...

Free agency day two: Open thread & thoughts | Seahawks Draft Blog
I’m going to be away with work for most of the day. I’ll put some thoughts down later if anything Seahawks-related occurs. For the time being use this as an open thread.

Free-Agent Flash Mob | The Tailgater
The first day of NFL free agency may feel like a flash mob kicked down your front door, ran through your house screaming something about Lamarr Houston and rushed out the back door before you could even figure out who Geoff Schwartz is. Or at least that’s how it felt around here.

Free-Agent Frenzy "
Let’s try to make sense of Day 1 of the NFL’s shopping season after about $1 billion was handed out

Report: Steve Smith seen as distraction by Panthers - NFL.com
If the Carolina Panthers decide to part ways with Steve Smith, it could be about more than money. In fact, the Charlotte Observer reports that the team wants to turn over the locker room to its young stars.

Darrelle Revis' potential landing spots - NFL.com
Darrelle Revis is an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. Where will the star CB end up? Around The League breaks down the teams who inquired about the former Buccaneer.

DeMarcus Ware, Denver Broncos sign $30M contract - NFL.com
The Denver Broncos signed pass rusher DeMarcus Ware on Wednesday, signaling that the Broncos are planning on another Super Bowl run now -- and will worry about the salary cap later.

Jared Allen ready to 'walk away' if he doesn't get paid - NFL.com
Jared Allen is prepared to walk away from football if the veteran pass rusher isn't offered what he believes to be a fair contract in free agency, Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday.

Free-agent Musings: Grading big Day 2 moves, reviewing Day 1 gems - CBSSports.com
DeMarcus Ware to Denver and Golden Tate to Motown? Nice moves. Josh McCown and Chris Williams? Not so hot. Here are Day 2 free-agent grades and Musings.

NFL free agency: Ware, Broncos set vets' market; Pats next for Revis? - CBSSports.com
DeMarcus Ware and the Broncos may set the market for many veteran pass rushers. Plus Revis and the Pats, QB updates and a billion in doubt.

2014 Pro Days: Alabama's Mosley runs well, Kouandjio holds off - CBSSports.com
Most of the Crimson Tide's prospects stood on their NFL combine numbers, but C.J. Mosley ran his 40-yard dash and had a positive day with almost every NFL team in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's pro day

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has custom jersey made of Skittles - CBSSports.com
Yes, Marshawn Lynch has a football jersey made of Skittles.

Inside the mind of the cap manager | National Football Post
A former NFL cap manager describes what it’s like during free agency.

Oakland Raiders have money to spend, fans must be patient | The MMQB with Peter King
These are salad days for NFL owners. Forbes values 23 of the 32 franchises at over $1 billion, record-level television contracts are kicking in, and there are seven years remaining on a favorable CBA.

New Orleans Saints will overcome loss of key players | The MMQB with Peter King
Jimmy Graham tweeted that he’s "shocked and disappointed" by the Saints’ recent personnel moves. He shouldn’t feel that way for much longer.

Ware excited by Denver’s "now" mentality | ProFootballTalk
Ware realizes that the Broncos learned the hard way via the Super Bowl loss to Seattle that it’s time to beef up the defensive side of the ball.

Harbaugh can’t wait to give Martin "a big hug" | ProFootballTalk
Forgotten in the free-agency frenzy was the status of tackle Jonathan Martin. A sudden reminder came Tuesday night, when the Dolphins shipped Martin to the 49ers for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015. It reunites Martin with one of his college head coaches, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh.

Cap numbers lead to cut stars; more Snaps from free agency - NFL - Don Banks - SI.com
Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a whirlwind first day of the NFL's free agency period (what a day for Twitter to crash in mid-afternoon)...

B/R NFL 1000: Top 50 Tight Ends
Editor's note: This is the seventh installment in Bleacher Report's NFL 1000 for the 2013 season. This signature series runs through April 24, with NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller ranking the best players at every position...

2014 NFL Free Agency: Salary Cap Analysis
This list will be continuously updated. We will hopefully have a breakdown of every free agent signing by the end of today. You can find updated player contract pages for 2014 free agents here.

Understanding 2014 Post June 1st Cuts | The Daily Spot
One of the more complex phrases prevalently used this time of year is the Post June 1st release. I’ll do my best to explain this in layman’s terms as it most often applies to a player.

2014 Pro Days: Saunders stumbles, teammates healing at Oklahoma - CBSSports.com
Representatives from 28 NFL teams saw Sooners' top-rated prospect -- wideout Jalen Saunders -- post shockingly slow times in shuttle drills during Wednesday's Pro Day. On a more positive note, former teammates Trey Millard and Aaron Colvin appear well on their way to recovering from major knee surgery.

2014 Pro Days: USC's Marqise Lee doesn't run, others do but struggle - CBSSports.com
It wasn't the greatest demonstration of athleticism Wednesday at the University of Southern California Pro Day, though one second tier prospect may have boosted his chances at getting drafted.

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