Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

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Thank goodness it's TGIF.

Jerry Angelo Reveals a Typical Offseason Blueprint | The Sideline View
With free agency ready to unfold, there are certain observations to keep in mind. After the season ends, the usual protocol for teams is to have extensive meetings with the pro personnel staff and assistant coaches. These meetings entail an evaluation of every player on the team.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | SackSEER 2014
Football Outsiders is the internet home for Innovative Statistics and Intelligent Analysis of professional and college football. Our writers, lead by Aaron Schatz, also write Pro Football Prospectus.

Dan Pompei's Read Option: Early Free-Agency Takeaways
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks headed for a reunion? - NFL.com
Golden Tate's departure from the Seattle Seahawks to the Detroit Lions leaves a vacancy at wide receiver. The Super Bowl champions are interested in bringing back Sidney Rice, per Ian Rapoport.

Agent blasts report of Browner deal in New England | ProFootballTalk
Just as the evening was beginning to slow down, it has picked up. In a big way. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported via Twitter that the Patriots agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback Brandon Browner. Browner's agent begs to differ. In a very unique way.

Richard Sherman and LeGarrette Blount debate NFL's top CB - CBSSports.com
We got an old-fashioned Twitter debate this week when Richard Sherman and LeGarrette Blount had an argument about who the best cornerback in the NFL is.

Thursday notes: The plan for Finley & top five for #32 | Seahawks Draft Blog
I’m fascinated by the interest in Jermichael Finley. He was straight on a plane to Seattle and reports are suggesting a deal is close.

Richard Sherman dominates LeGarrette Blount in entertaining Twitter feud | For The Win
The great Sherman-Blount debates of 2014 started out innocently enough. Free agent running back LeGarrette Blount, most recently of the New England Patriots, tweeted congratulation to his former Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate Aqib Talib after Talib signed the richest guaranteed contract for any cornerback in history.

Top 10 free agent medical issues for 2014 | National Football Post
What NFL teams will need to be aware of when signing injured free agents.

A tough couple of days for the Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Despite how it looks right now, keep the faith.

Could Jermichael Finley join Seattle Seahawks? - NFL.com
Jermichael Finley and the Seattle Seahawks have mutual interest in bringing the talented tight end to the Super Bowl champions. All the Seahawks might need is medical clearance.

Walter Thurmond says he's (gasp) visiting 49ers - 710sports.com
Walter Thurmond said Wednesday that he's set to pay a free-agent visit to the 49ers, who are in the market for a nickel cornerback after releasing Carlos Rogers earlier this week.

Clemons becomes Jaguars' latest former Seahawk - 710sports.com
The Seahawks' decision to release defensive end Chris Clemons on Wednesday was expected given his age, salary and production. Equally as unsurprising was where he's ended up.

Chance meeting with Wilson to benefit Oak Harbor Boys & Girls Club | HeraldNet.com - Sports
Gone were the curls but not the Super Bowl smile.Greg Goebel recognized Russell Wilson right away when he sat down next to him after boarding a...

Rams Score Huge Win by Re-Signing Rodger Saffold to 5-Year Deal
The St. Louis Rams received an early Christmas present from the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday night. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Raiders nixed Rodger Saffold’s five-year, $42.5 million deal after a medical check revealed a bum shoulder.

Jason Hatcher, Washington Redskins agree to terms - NFL.com
The Washington Redskins have agreed with former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher on a four-year, $27.5 million contract on Thursday, Ian Rapoport reports.

Ted Ginn joins Arizona Cardinals on three-year contract - NFL.com
Ted Ginn shined last season for the Carolina Panthers and now he's headed to the desert. The Arizona Cardinals signed the wide receiver to a new contract Thursday.

Kellen Clemens to Chargers; Whitehurst to Titans - NFL.com
Backup quarterbacks are on the move as former St. Louis Rams signal-caller Kellen Clemens goes to the San Diego Chargers, whose former backup, Charlie Whitehurst, joins the Tennessee Titans.

Antonio Cromartie visits Cards; Browner, Pats to meet - NFL.com
Antonio Cromartie is visiting the Arizona Cardinals, while an upcoming suspension isn't stopping the Patriots from showing interest in Brandon Browner. Around The League has all your free-agent visits here.

Willie Young, Chicago Bears strike three-year contract - NFL.com
General manager Phil Emery went into the offseason with the priority of fixing the Chicago Bears' defense. After a slew of strong signings, the Bears have added ex-Lions defensive end Willie Young.

Darren Sproles traded to Philadelphia Eagles - NFL.com
The New Orleans Saints have traded Darren Sproles to the Philadelphia Eagles. How will the dynamic running back fit in Chip Kelly's offense?

Day 3 NFL FA grades: Woods, Collins best deals of less-frenzied day - CBSSports.com
Day 3 of NFL free agency saw the market slow down in a big way, but there still were some interesting moves made, calling for more grades.

RB Adam Muema tweets that he won't be playing football - CBSSports.com
Former San Diego State running back Adam Muema, who left the NFL combine early in February due to religious reasons, tweeted on Wednesday that he won't be playing football.

2014 Pro Days: Trio of Wolverines star at Michigan Pro Day - CBSSports.com
With star offensive tackle Taylor Lewan electing to stand on his Combine numbers, the pressure was on other Wolverines to jump up and seize the attention. Several -- including wideout Jeremy Gallon, safety Thomas Gordon and offensive tackle Michael Schofield -- did precisely that.

NFL Prospect Focus: Jimmie Ward and Robert Herron | National Football Post
Two potential second day steals in May's NFL Draft.

Raising the bar | National Football Post
Jairus Byrd’s free agent deal with the New Orleans Saints sets a new standard for the safety position.

Saints show interest in free agent CB Brandon Browner - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints have continued to show interest in building their own version of the Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom secondary. According

Darrelle Revis, New England Patriots agree to one-year, $12M contract | The MMQB with Peter King
With Tom Brady and Peyton Manning headlining, the Broncos-Patriots game isn't exactly lacking for intrigue. It got some more anyway Wednesday. One day after Denver swooped in and took top cornerback Aqib Talib from New England's secondary with the most guaranteed money ever at the position, the P...

Why Are NFL Safeties Making More Money Than Ever?
After seeing the money handed out to safeties such as Jairus Byrd, Donte Whitner and T.J. Ward during the opening days of NFL free agency, is it fair to say the position is becoming a premium spot in today’s game?

2014 NFL Draft: Highlighting Prospects Who Aren't Getting Enough Hype
Successful teams in the NFL know that in order to maintain prominence over the course of time, it's critical not to get swept away in the free-agency frenzy. They understand the cheapest free agents available are the ones you find on draft day after watching countless hours of tape and learning everything you can about each available prospect.

2014 NFL Draft: Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook for First Week of Free Agency
Some will tell you that free agency doesn't change the draft. That's not something you'll hear in this article.

NFL Free Agency 2014 - Impact of Darrelle Revis on Patriots' defense - ESPN
The New England Patriots employ a unique grading scale that tops out at 9.0. A player, whether a draft prospect or free agent, receives a 9.0 mark when the team projects him to have uncommon production near a Hall of Fame level. The adjective synonym for a 9.0 is "rare." On Wednesday night, less than 24 hours after seeing their top free agent sign with their top conference rival (cornerback Aqib Talib to Denver), the Patriots added a rare chip.

Jon Dove’s Updated Big Board
The 2014 NFL Draft picture is starting to come more into focus with the Combine in the rearview mirror and Pro Days getting underway. It’s now time to start finalizing draft boards and locking prospects into a certain range

What we learned on Day 3 of free agency - NFL.com
Vince Wilfork, Darren Sproles and Steve Smith were some of the big names in the news on the third day of free agency. Plus: Which mid-level contract from Thursday was the best?

Rams retain Jo-Lonn Dunbar | ProFootballTalk
Jo-Lonn Dunbar is staying in St. Louis. The Rams and the unrestricted free agent linebacker came to terms Thursday on a two-year contract valued at as much as $3.5 million, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

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