Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

Weekend, y'all.

Cap experts: Baldwin deal good for everybody, and Seahawks in good cap shape | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
As soon as the dust settles on any significant NFL contract these days, such as the one that Doug Baldwin signed with the Seahawks today (details here), the next questions concern whether it was a good deal for the player and team, and how it will impact the team going forward.

How long could you make it as an NFL coach? - SBNation.com
You wake up in the body of a man trying to survive the rigors of an NFL season. How long do you make it?

Daryl Washington suspension a blow to Cardinals defense - NFL.com
The Arizona Cardinals have lost linebacker Daryl Washington to a season-long suspension. How much will this hurt Todd Bowles' previously dominant defense? Chris Wesseling explores.

Daryl Washington Suspended for the Season - Over the Cap
Arizona Cardinals Linebacker Daryl Washington has been suspended for the 2014 season due to another violation of the substance abuse policy. The year long suspension should be a costly one for Washington.

Assessing Whether Every NFL Team Impressed or Regressed This Offseason | Bleacher Report
The NFL offseason is nearing an end as we hurtle toward training camp. Free agency is long gone, we are already looking ahead to the 2015 draft, and organized team activities are already taking place.

Harbaugh: Aldon made promises; 'some changes ought to be made' | CSN Bay Area
Linebacker Aldon Smith has made unspecified promises to the 49ers, coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday morning on a radio appearance.

Pete Carroll on James Carpenter: "He’s looked the best he's ever looked by far right now"
After battling knee injuries early in his career, former first-round draft pick James Carpenter feels and looks healthy as the Seahawks start OTAs.

Baldwin's value to Seahawks no longer an intangible - 710sports.com
The Seahawks' third contract extension of this offseason was their most surprising.

Seahawks Players Job Shadow at Starbucks
Seven Seahawks players have spent their free time over the last few weeks job shadowing various departments at Starbucks Headquarters in Seattle.

Defensive line battles for Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
Here are a few observations on the defense from the first day of organized team activities (OTAs) this week for the Seattle Seahawks, along with some comments from coach Pete Carroll.

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman a finalist for ‘Madden’ cover - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Either Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman or Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will be on the cover of the next “Madden” NFL video game. But first, fans must vote for their choice online.

Richard Sherman Makes Waves On The Redskins’ Name Controversy - Oregon Sports News
In light of the Donald Sterling incident, Richard Sherman of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks took the opportunity to discuss renaming the Washington Redskins earlier this month.  In his opinion, the NFL isn’t taking the issue seriously enough, suggesting that the organization only cares about their bottom line.

Boling: Punt return debate a first-world problem | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Doug Baldwin mentioning on Thursday that he is also being considered for punt returns reminds us this is still unsettled. It likely will be for a while.

Seahawks' Baldwin earned his contract extension | HeraldNet.com - Sports
RENTON — Never mind the quickness, the route running or the clutch catches. If you really want to know how Doug Baldwin went from undrafted...

How Daryl Washington's Suspension Affects Cardinals Defense in 2014 | Bleacher Report
After a well-executed offseason that consisted of key free-agent signings and top-notch draft picks, the Arizona Cardinals were delivered a punishing blow on Friday.

Green Bay Packers plan to 'unleash' defensive talent - NFL.com
The Green Bay Packers have strategically stacked their defense this offseason. The buzzword surrounding Mike McCarthy's team as of late -- "unleash" -- aptly suits plans for the revamped unit.

Second year spotlight: AFC West | National Football Post
These four players could all have big seasons in 2014.

NFL Celebrity Chaperones: Rashad Jennings and Prince Amukamara | The MMQB with Peter King
There isn’t a lot that Rashad Jennings isn’t interested in. The former Raiders/new Giants running back has his hands, and his money, working on everything from treating juvenile asthma to rescuing abused animals to reading initiatives for young people in Lynchburg, Va., his hometown.

Rams, Broncos have yet to sign any draft picks | ProFootballTalk
With nearly 75 percent of all draft picks under contract less than three weeks after the draft ended, two teams have done nothing to increase that percentage. Neither the Broncos nor the Rams have signed a single pick. Last year, the Broncos waited until June.

San Fran host committee wants to lose the “L” from Super Bowl 50 | ProFootballTalk
The NFL traditionally identifies the Super Bowl with Roman numerals.  The committee hosting the 50th edition of the game hopes to lose a one-letter designation that has become in recent years the universal designation for "loser.

Does Rookie Performance Help Explain the Traditional Draft Value Chart? — FootballPerspective.com
Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way: the traditional draft value chart is outdated, and it never made much sense in the first place. Trying to use logic to explain why teams operate in an illogical manner is a tall task, and probably a waste of time. So, let’s try anyway.

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