Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Sunday

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Seahawks want Tharold Simon to step up | ProFootballTalk
"It’s been a long time coming," Simon said Friday, via the team’s website. "I never actually just took a whole year off from football — well, I didn’t really take the year off, I just didn’t get to play because of the injury."

Losses in secondary bring Tharold Simon back into Seahawks’ picture
A pair of foot injuries sidelined cornerback Tharold Simon for his rookie season with the Seahawks. But with the free-agent losses of Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond, the time is right for Simon to step up.

Zach Kerr one to monitor | Seahawks Draft Blog
Zach Kerr is one of those players who started the post-season well, and just kept building momentum

SPARQ receivers, Manziel madness & DeSean Jackson | Seahawks Draft Blog
The Seahawks take SPARQ seriously. It’s a calculation of different variables (40 time, three cone, vertical, broad jump, bench press, height, weight) to provide one overall score. Until this year, Nike had an online calculator that worked out SPARQ scores with relative ease. It’s no longer available, so Cablinasian has put together his own formula (calling it rSPARQ) so we can review the 2014 receivers.

Surprise, surprise: Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald doesn t drop balls - ESPN
Larry Fitzgerald may be 30 years old, but that doesn't mean he's not as sure-handed as ever. Pro Football Focus computed the drop rates for wide rece

Shaun Hill Is More Than Just a Backup QB for St. Louis Rams | Bleacher Report
The St. Louis Rams have remained active in their pursuit of adding veteran players at key positions. Over the course of the last week, they upgraded their secondary, bolstered their defensive line rotation and added one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL.

DeSean Jackson on Redskins, Raiders, N.Y. Jets' radar - NFL.com
Around The League's DeSean Jackson tracker reviews every franchise reported to be pursuing the wide receiver. The Redskins and Raiders appear to be leading the charge. Is your team in the mix?

Micah Hyde to be every-down player for Packers? - NFL.com
Coach Mike McCarthy expects versatile defensive back Micah Hyde to be an every-down player in 2014. Does the second-year playmaker hold the key to the Green Bay Packers defense?

Tyrann Mathieu ahead of schedule, Cards GM says - NFL.com
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim says Tyrann Mathieu is "really ahead of schedule" in his recovery from knee surgery. When will Mathieu be back to full health?

Eagles coach Chip Kelly is adding QBs who torched him at Oregon - CBSSports.com
What does Chip Kelly want in a quarterback? Apparently someone who torched Oregon in college.

LOOK: Richard Sherman and DeSean Jackson as little league teammates - CBSSports.com
Richard Sherman and DeSean Jackson have never been NFL teammates, but they apparently were teammates in Little League once.

LAPD: DeSean Jackson not involved in gang-related killings - CBSSports.com
Los Angeles police have made it clear they don't believe DeSean Jackson is involved in any of the homicides referenced in a recent report that alleges Jackson has gang ties.

49ers' Chris Culliver arrested, facing felony hit-and-run charges - CBSSports.com
Forty-Niners cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested Friday on felony hit-and-run and weapons possession charges, according to KTVU.com.

2014 NFL Draft: Week 4 Pro Days takeaways - CBSSports.com
Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel was the main story this week when it comes to the pro days, but he wasn't the only story. Here are the top five storylines from this past week's workouts.

NFL draft: Intriguing Canadian college offensive tackle could be drafted early | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
Montreal Alouettes GM Jim Popp has been scouting Canadian football players for a long time. He's not sure he's seen a college product from up north as polished and talented as Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

Jared Allen’s contract loads up in 2015 | ProFootballTalk
Jared Allen will make $15.5 million in the first two years of his contract with the Bears. But only $3 million of that will come this year. Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Allen receives a $3 million fully guaranteed base salary in 2014.

Happy anniversary, 16-game schedule | ProFootballTalk
It is safe to say there are many, many NFL fans who have never known life without a 16-game NFL schedule. But the regular season wasn't always this long. Thirty-seven years ago today, the NFL expanded the regular season from 14 to 16 games. The league also added a second wild-card team.

Jeff Fisher knows there’s no RG3 deal to be had this year | ProFootballTalk
Two years ago, when St. Louis owned the second overall pick in the draft, it was able to convince Washington to give up that year's No. 6 overall pick, that year's No. 39 overall pick, and Washington's 2013 and 2014 first-round picks. That 2014 first-round pick turned out to give the Rams the No.

Predictions in Review: NFC North — 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, the AFC South, the NFC South, and the AFC North. Today, the NFC North.

NFL Rookie Salary Pool, Version 2 - Over the Cap
With the compensatory draft picks announced I finally updated my estimates for the NFL Rookie Pool money. The rookie pool is the amount of money teams should spend on their rookie draft picks. This year, because of the large rise in the salary cap, the salary freeze on signing bonuses should end for the first time since the new CBA came into existence. Because this is the first time this will happen please be advised that these numbers are based on my interpretation of how the rookie salaries work and unlike last years estimates are not really tested just yet. By next year I would imagine I will have a better idea of estimating these numbers. If these numbers are far off I would expect it to be that the higher picks will earn more money than I have listed.

Draft Talk: Long Term Success - Turf Show Times
The bigger the better!

What Richard Sherman Can Teach Us About Brand Marketing - Direct Marketing News
On January 19, 2014, the Seattle Seahawks faced off against the San Francisco 49ers to determine who would go to the Super Bowl. With about 30 seconds left on the clock, the 49ers were down by six and in the red zone. San Francisco's quarterback Colin Kaepernick attempted to clinch a victory by throwing a pass to 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree located in the end zone. However, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman deflected the ball and secured a Super Bowl spot for Seattle.

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