Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Thursday

Links. To read. So read them.

Report: Jared Allen taking second visit to Seattle | ProFootballTalk
With the Dallas Cowboys seemingly out of the picture after signing Henry Melton, the interest between former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks appears to be picking up steam.

Kansas City Chiefs G Rishaw Johnson impressed late last season - Arrowhead Pride
The KC Chiefs were said to be impressed with Rishaw Johnson, a reserve guard who played in the Chiefs Week 17 game against the Chargers.

2014 NFL Positional Cap Spending
With the first week of free agency now in the books, we'll take a moment to step back and assess where teams currently stand in terms of cap spending by position. The following tables show the complete breakdown of cap dollars for each team by position. For puposes of "team building", we're looking at all active players on a team's roster - not just those that qualify for their Top 51 salary cap. Additionally we provide the average cap dollars each position is garnering across the NFL. Keep in mind that the figures below represent the total cap dollars among all players for that position (i.e. all active quarterbacks, all active wide receivers, etc...).

NFL Draft 2014: Odell Beckham Jr Could Be the Steal of the First Round | Bleacher Report
The 2014 NFL draft offers teams an impressive variety and depth of talent at the receiver position.

Patriots, Saints among those chasing Seahawks' Legion of Boom - NFL.com
Darrelle Revis was just one of the high-profile defensive backs nabbed by a contender. But can the New England Patriots -- or anyone else -- catch up to the Seattle Seahawks' secondary? Let's debate!

Press Releases : News : Senior Bowl
We are counting down to the 2014 NFL Draft each week with a unique perspective of how teams approach the draft from our Executive Director Phil Savage, who spent 20 years in the NFL as a scout and executive, including four years as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns.

NFL Competition Committee passes on n-word rule, considers extra point changes | Audibles - SI.com
The NFL Competition Committee will put 13 rule proposals on the table at next week’s league meetings. Not included among them is any further crackdown on the n-word or any other abusive language during games.

The Kaepernick Factor: His looming new deal affects everything the 49ers do this off-season, and into the future – Talking Points
He’s there in the background and as part of the presumptive spread sheet for everything the 49ers do these days.

Analysis: Did the Detroit Lions overpay for Golden Tate? | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
When the Detroit Lions signed Golden Tate to a five-year, $31-million deal last week, they landed one of the best wide receivers in free agency

Seattle may be Jared Allen's best option - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
The chances of free-agent defensive end Jared Allen signing with the Seahawks probably improved on Tuesday night when defensive tackle Henry Melton si

LIFE IN ORANGE - The Official Web Site of Earl Thomas | NFL Safety . Seattle Seahawks
Everybody, welcome back to Area 29. I know I haven’t checked in for a little while. I’ve definitely been having some fun, enjoying life with my family and friends. But I’ve also approached this offseason with the same mentality I had the whole year.

NFL pro day results: Scouts flock to Florida State on Tuesday - SBNation.com
The Florida State Pro Day, featuring Timmy Jernigan and Kelvin Benjamin, was the highlight of Tuesday's stops on the NFL pro day tour.

NFL announces lots of potential rules changes — A few of my own thoughts | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The NFL's Competition Committee today announced 13 new proposed rules changes, seven bylaw changes and one proposed resolution. ProFootballTalk details them all here. CBSSports.com lists the ones it thinks you need to know the most about here. Here's an overview from the Washington Post. Here's a good explainer from NOLA.com of the reasoning...

Despite roster hits, Seahawks are getting it done | Sportspress Northwest
The Seahawks' roster has taken some hits in free agency. But GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll have accomplished their main goals.

NFL free agency a value test for running backs - SBNation.com
Running backs are not the prized commodities they once were, but exactly how much their value has diminished is difficult to say. With big names still up for grabs, the 2014 offseason could be a litmus of the state of the position.

Competition Committee announces proposed rule changes and bylaws | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
These will be voted on next week by the owners at the league’s meeting:

Bo Jackson’s advice to Russell Wilson? Stick to football | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
Bo Jackson, one of the most accomplished two-sport professional athletes in history, has this advice for Russell Wilson should the Seahawks quarterback ever seriously consider a return to baseball. Don’t.

Seahawks trying to fill roster holes -- what about the offensive line? - Seattle Seattle Seahawks | Examiner.com
As the Seahawks await an answer from free-agent defensive end Jared Allen, they continue to keep an eye out for defensive linemen and wide receivers to fill voi

Seahawks seem to be favorites for Jared Allen -- if money is right - Seattle Seattle Seahawks | Examiner.com
With defensive tackle Henry Melton heading to Dallas, the Seahawks would appear to be the favorites to land defensive end Jared Allen – assuming the sides could

What rule changes will be considered next week? - NFL.com
The status of extra points, instant replay and goal posts could all be changing next week. Find out what rule proposals the NFL is considering at the upcoming Annual League Meeting.

Helping hands: 12 biggest beneficiaries of free agency - NFL.com
Have any players benefited more from free-agent additions than the MVP duo of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady? Chris Wesseling unpacks a dozen players and coaches with arrows pointing up.

Bucs go bold in free agency and score big under new management - CBSSports.com
The Bucs' new duo of Jason Licht and Lovie Smith agreed: their roster needed an overhaul. Going big and bold in free agency accomplished that.

Brandon Spikes, Aqib Talib allege Patriots falsify injury reports - CBSSports.com
Former Patriots Aqib Talib and Brandon Spikes both believe that New England isn't completely truthful with its injury reports.

Marshawn Lynch going too high, Montee Ball too low - CBSSports.com
Early mock drafters are overvaluing Marshawn Lynch and undervaluing Montee Ball. Here's why.

The draft: When 13=1 | National Football Post
Thinking about moving up a few spots in the draft? Think again.

Cover Two: Best, worst 2014 NFL free agent signings, more awards | Audibles - SI.com
It's always hard to determine just how well or poorly NFL teams did in free agency right after the fact -- after all, as it is with the draft, it takes time to see how players will fit in their new circumstances.

NFL evolution: How safety became the most significant position on D | The MMQB with Peter King
In recent years no position on defense has become more significant than safety, both free and strong. Defensive coordinators rely on complex schemes to create pressure and, just as important, the illusion of pressure.

Blake Bortles is 2014 NFL Draft's biggest conundrum at quarterback | The MMQB with Peter King
If you could take the best quarterback in the 2015 draft this May, knowing that you probably wouldn’t get much from him in ’14—and even then he’s still not a sure thing—where would you draft him? Would you still take him first overall in this talent-laden draft? How about the middle of ...

Tarrell Brown says 49ers made "slap in the face" offer | ProFootballTalk
"[I]t wasn’t what I wanted and it was to me more of a slap in the face," Brown told Erik Kuselias of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN. "But I understand that it’s a business and I understand that they have to do what is best for them and it’s no hard feelings. But what they offered me definitely wasn’t what I wanted and definitely wasn’t worth my value of what I’ve done in this league and how well I played these past 3-4 years in the league. So it’s understandable and like I said there’s never any hard feelings. They are doing a great job over there and I wish them the best."

A Look at Trade Possibilities for DeSean Jackson - Over the Cap
The rumors have picked up again about the Eagles relationship with WR DeSean Jackson. Jackson has made some noise about his contract this offseason and often when that happens some teams will decide it is best to move on that to continue a relationship. This is potentially a situation the Eagles had planned for back in 2012 when they signed Jackson to his current contract extension.

Chip Kelly Continues to Assemble Offense Full of Nightmare Matchups | Bleacher Report
Darren Sproles may no longer have the same explosive talent we are accustomed to seeing from him at this point in his career, but given his skill set and the role he could play in Chip Kelly’s offense, the new Philadelphia Eagles running back can still create positive matchups within the game plan.

Checkdowns: Judging QBs By Their Top 5 Seasons — FootballPerspective.com
While working on a different post, I needed to derive a quick-and-dirty formula to identify the top 100 or so quarterbacks in NFL history. Here is how I went about doing that: 1) Calculate the Relative ANY/A of each quarterback […]

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