Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

Weekend!

Mark Sanchez Has Been Cut - Gang Green Nation
The Sanchize is no more.

St. Louis Rams' margin for error in NFL draft? Zero - ESPN
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Publicly, privately and every way in between, the St. Louis Rams have long targeted the 2014 season as their breakthrough year. Si

Tired of getting fined, Dashon Goldson hires a tackling coach | ProFootballTalk
Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson lost almost half a million dollars because of fines and a suspension for illegal hits last season. He got the message.

NFL Players Association right to fight 18-game schedule - ESPN
The NFL Players Association's opposition to expanding the regular season to 18 games is a healthy one, writes Dan Graziano.

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

2014 NFL Draft: Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook for 2nd Week of Free Agency | Bleacher Report
With less than 50 days until the first pick of the 2014 NFL draft, it's time to get busy. NFL teams and media evaluators alike are battling the clock to finalize evaluations, study depth charts and fine-tune the draft work that's been ongoing since last May.

NFL 101: The Basics of the 4-3 Defensive Front | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Michael Sam draws plenty of eyes to Missouri pro day. | SportsonEarth.com : Russ Lande Article
It may sound odd, but the expression most used to describe Missouri's pro day was "organized circus." The entire Missouri football department deserves kudos for keeping everything running efficiently and on time despite the craziness surrounding the day. A few years ago, when the Tigers had two players, Blaine Gabbert and Aldon Smith, selected in the top 10, there were more NFL people in attendance, while this year's showcase counted significantly more attendees overall from NFL people, to media and players' friends and family.

Battle for Los Angeles: Rams, Raiders jockey for return to SoCal - CBSSports.com
Los Angeles is the last remaining domestic jewel of the NFL. Two teams that used to call it home -- Rams and Raiders -- are maneuvering to maybe call SoCal home once again.

Battle for Los Angeles: Rams, Raiders jockey for return to SoCal - CBSSports.com
Los Angeles is the last remaining domestic jewel of the NFL. Two teams that used to call it home -- Rams and Raiders -- are maneuvering to maybe call SoCal home once again.

49ers drafting for need -- next season and beyond | CSN Bay Area
The time to draft for need is a year or two before there’s a need. With that in mind, here’s where the 49ers should look in this year’s draft:

James Starks' deal is worth $3.165 million
The process: Tight end Jermichael Finley is at least two months away and maybe several months more from being in position to sign with a team, a source familiar with the situation said this week. Finley, one of the 10 unsigned players on the Packers' unrestricted list, visited Seattle on March 12. John Schneider, who was scouting for the Packers when they drafted Finley in 2008, is the Seahawks' general manager. The Seahawks thanked Finley for coming and informed him in so many words to stay in touch after the passage of time would presumably mean additional healing for his bruised spinal cord, according to sources. Obviously, the Seahawks' opinion will circulate among teams because they were the first club Finley visited.

Britt will plan his next move over the weekend | ProFootballTalk
That could include visits to the Seahawks and/or Panthers, both of which are interested in Britt. It could entail a second visit to the Rams, Patriots, Redskins, and/or Bills.

Q&A with Falcons KR/PR/WR Devin Hester | Atlanta Falcons blog
Q: What other teams were interested in signing you? A: We had about 13 teams. We kind of (narrowed) it down to about four teams: Tampa, the 49ers, a little bit of Miami and Seattle came into the picture.

Character, Media, and the NFL Draft: A Sour Cocktail | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
I’m 43 years old. Since I was 15, I’ve held 16 types of jobs with 9 different companies. I’m not counting the four soul-sucking hours I spent as a stock boy at a Winn-Dixie.

Could playing time be a hold-up for Jared Allen? - ESPN
Could playing time be the reason defensive end Jared Allen is wavering on whether to sign a contract with the Seattle Seahawks?

Jon Dove’s Defensive Prospect Man Crushes | Draft Breakdown
Every year, a handful of under the radar prospects catch my eye and become my draft man crushes. This draft season, I’m especially intrigued by the remarkable defensive talents who receive little pub.

Seahawks’ Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson show up to ‘We Day’ - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Members of the Seattle Seahawks are attending “We Day” today, an annual youth empowerment event held at locations around North America. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, quarterback Russell Wilson, linebacker Bobby Wagner, fullback Derrick Coleman and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse are all on the guest list as speakers for this year’s Seattle We Day at Key Arena

Sounders, Seahawks to cut business ties | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Seattle Sounders FC shed its “training wheels” Thursday, announcing that its business operations will become independent of the Seattle Seahawks starting April 30.

WRs at the NFL regional combine - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Here is a list of the wide receivers that will work out Saturday afternoon in the NFL regional combine at the Seattle Seahawks practice facility:

QBs and TEs in the regional combine - ESPN
Here is a list of the quarterbacks and tight ends that will work out Saturday afternoon in the regional combine at the Seattle Seahawks' practice facility:

NFL regional combine at the VMAC - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
The workouts are not open to the public. Here is a list of the defensive players participating in the Saturday morning session, to see if your favorite team or player is involved. More lists to come:

Antonio Cromartie Signing Makes Cardinals Defense One of NFL's Most Dangerous | Bleacher Report
One by one, the Arizona Cardinals keep adding talented players to their roster. First it was left tackle Jared Veldheer, then it was wide receiver Ted Ginn, and now it is cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Report: DeSean Jackson believes Eagles will trade him - NFL.com
DeSean Jackson reportedly is convinced he will not be back with the Philadelphia Eagles next season after a week of trade rumors. Where might the wide receiver end up instead?

Week 3 Pro Days takeaways: Michael Sam shows improvement - CBSSports.com
With double-digit workouts each day, it can be tough to properly track each prospect. So, we whittled down this week's results to provide you the top-five story-lines that every NFL Draft fan needs to know.

With Vikings on decline, Jared Allen mulls future
"I don't want to be chasing the ring. I want to earn the ring," Allen said. "I want to be somewhere, and obviously, you've got to have parts in place and you've got to be contenders."

NFL Prospect Focus: Caraun Reid and Dan McCullers | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel breaks down the two defensive tackles.

Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner prepare to redefine New England Patriots' secondary | Audibles - SI.com
In 2013, the New England Patriots went 12-4 and made it to the AFC championship game despite a heavily depleted receiver corps.

Andre Williams breaks from 2014 NFL Draft preparation to return home | The MMQB with Peter King
Andre Williams hadn’t been home since Christmas. The months before the NFL draft are a waiting game, but a frenetic one. It wasn’t until last Thursday, the day after Williams’ pro day at Boston College, when he returned to the house on a hill in Pennsylvania.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Momentum vs. Confidence
Hey there, readers. We apologize for the lack of new content lately. We're busy finishing cleaning up our 2013 game charting and dealing with some other things, and the Adjusted Games Lost numbers are coming soon. In the meantime, I was cleaning out my old e-mail and came across this e-mail discussion between Football Outsiders staff members that took place right after the Colts' legendary comeback against Kansas City in the first round of this year's playoffs. It brings up some interesting points about the concept of momentum, and how it relates to player confidence, and what that might mean in a sport where there are 22 men on the field at the same time. I'm putting it out there for you to all discuss in the comment thread.

Meaningless receiving yards — FootballPerspective.com
Which player led the league in meaningless receiving yards last year? Wait, what are meaningless receiving yards?

Offseason NFL moves by these five teams were the best among non-playoff teams from 2013 - NFL - Don Banks - SI.com
Twenty teams disappoint their fan bases and miss the playoffs every season in the NFL, and history says five or six clubs make the postseason in any given year after missing out the year before (there have been at least four new teams in the playoffs for 24 consecutive seasons).

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