Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Tuesday

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Packers sign Colt Lyerla, give troubled ex-Oregon TE a chance - JSOnline
The Green Bay Packers investigated Colt Lyerla for months, brought him in on a tryout basis at rookie camp and then officially made the plunge Monday.

NFL's best cornerback duo? Cardinals, Patriots can make a case - NFL.com
Cornerbacks have taken center stage this offseason. Which team boasts the best pair? Our analysts debate, with the Arizona Cardinals' duo of Antonio Cromartie and Patrick Peterson getting some love.

Fire damages Texas home of Seahawks’ Earl Thomas - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
A fire burned the detached garage and pool house at the Texas home of Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas early Sunday morning, but the main house was spared, according to reports.

A look back at who caught the eye during the rookie minicamp
Monday metatarsal musings: After their impressive efforts in the Seahawks’ three-day minicamp over the weekend, several members of the 2014 rookie class will be worth keeping an eye on as the offseason gives way to training camp and the preseason.

Seahawks sign draft choice Cassius Marsh, two tryout players
The Seahawks signed three players on Monday, including fourth-round draft choice Cassius Marsh. Also signed were two players who attended the weekend rookie minicamp on a tryout basis – Rashaun Allen and Nate Isles.

Seahawks rookie minicamp: Cassius Marsh trying to live up to a name | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks hope that Cassius Marsh, from UCLA, will ultimately fit the preferred template of being able to play multiple positions on the line. For now, he is playing primarily defensive end in a fashion similar to Michael Bennett.

Seahawks’ rookies make good on challenge | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Coach Pete Carroll likes competitive effort he has seen as 3-day rookie minicamp comes to close

Southern's Pro Day finds 'diamond in the rough' | WBRZ News 2 Louisiana : Baton Rouge, LA |
Rashaun Allen only registered nine receptions this season for the Jags, but "Big Tight" as he's known by teammates and coaches came through with some amazing numbers Wednesday to grab the attention of NFL scouts. The Cleveland, Ohio native benched 225 pounds 24 times, posted a 39-inch vertical leap, and ran a 4.6-40 yard dash at 250 pounds to impress scouts, coaches and teammates. "I feel like there is no ceiling for me," said Allen. "I think a lot of teams saw the best in me today."

Projected starters: Seattle Seahawks - NFL.com
After missing almost all of 2013 with injuries, receiver Percy Harvin is expected to assume a starting role for the Seattle Seahawks. See the rest of the projected lineup for last season's Super Bowl champs.

Projected starters: San Francisco 49ers - NFL.com
First-round draft pick Jimmie Ward should be third on the depth chart at safety -- but that doesn't stop Around The League's Gregg Rosenthal from predicting the 49ers' new addition will snag a starting role.

Projected starters: Arizona Cardinals - NFL.com
The Cardinals selected Deone Bucannon in the first round of this year's draft with hopes he'll become Arizona's enforcer in the secondary. With a top-notch defense, are the Cards Super Bowl contenders?

Projected starters: St. Louis Rams - NFL.com
The Rams have done a stellar job building up their roster from the inside, but with holes at wide receiver and the secondary, can St. Louis win with Sam Bradford at quarterback?

Draft Review: AFC West | National Football Post
How did the division far on draft weekend?

If owners pass playoff expansion, does the union have to approve it? - CBSSports.com
It sounds like the NFL and the NFLPA might begin gearing up for another fight.

Monday Morning MD | National Football Post
Is Robert Mathis’ male infertility excuse plausible?

Report: April 30 'gaining traction' as start date for 2015 NFL Draft - CBSSports.com
April 30 is "gaining traction" as a potential start date for the 2015 NFL Draft according to a report.

2011 NFL Draft Revisited: Part 1, teams 17-32 - CBSSports.com
Looking back at the 2011 NFL Draft, several teams passed with flying colors, while others had a draft they would like to forget

NFL free agency: Santonio Holmes, Jermichael Finley headline best veterans available | Audibles - SI.com
Rare is it that the NFL news cycle ever slows very drastically, but this period between the draft and training camp is as close to dog days as the league gets.

Thomas Dimitroff Tries to Fix the Atlanta Falcons, NFL draft to move? | The MMQB with Peter King
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.— Many things to do today, the pivotal offseason of the Atlanta Falcons, the state of the 2015 NFL draft, why Michael Sam and new BFF Oprah did the right thing, Gregg Williams being in the perfect place at the right time, a former NFL general manager driving a basketball le...

Vikings, Jaguars, differ on approaches to finding a quarterback — FootballPerspective.com
Interesting tidbit from Peter King this week about how the Vikings nearly acquired Johnny Manziel:

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