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A closer look at Byron Maxwell | Seahawks Insider: ""Byron is a big stud corner that makes hits and tackles and plays very well at the line of scrimmage," Carroll said about Maxwell shortly after the draft. The Seattle head coach sees the Clemson product as a fit in his system because of his ability to be effective in press coverage and play tough at the line of scrimmage."

UGA RB Caleb King opts for Supplemental - "University of Georgia running back Caleb King -- once an extremely highly touted prospect -- will petition the NFL for eligibility into this summer's Supplemental draft rather than transfer to a lower division school according to Seth Emerson's "Bulldogs Blog" of the Ledger-Enquirer. Emerson cites a person close to King and expects King to make a more formal announcement regarding his decision soon."

Report: Georgia RB Caleb King to enter NFL supplemental draft - Campus Rivalry: College Football & Basketball News, Recruiting, Game Picks, and More - "Terrelle Pryor looks to have some company in the NFL supplemental draft. Georgia running back Caleb King is expected to join the Ohio State quarterback in pool of candidates, according to the Macon Telegraph."

Free Agents - Bargain Hunting | "Evan Mathis, G We’ve recognized the play of Mathis on more than one occasion to no avail. For whatever reason, the Bengals just didn’t see fit to get him on the field consistently after an incredible start to the 2009 year. It’s a shame for them (he was much better than Nate Livings), and a shame for offensive line aficionados. Mathis was dominant when he was on the field, rarely giving up pressure and pushing around defenders in the run game. Even when he came in for some cameo snaps in 2010, he highlighted his talent with a series of good plays. Some team will get excellent value with him."

Top 51 Free Agents | "I’ve got a confession. I love making lists. There’s something about them that makes everything seem a little more under control. So, when I saw Pete Prisco doing his list of 50 top free agents, I thought to myself, "man, I’d like to do a list".   But I can’t just copy him. He’s come out and done something before everyone else. So, instead, I’m going in a completely different direction, and doing an article unlike any other that’s been done (to my recollection).   The 51 Top Free Agents heading into the 2011 season."

Looking closer at what "The Transition Rules" will look like | ProFootballTalk: "No matter when the lockout ends, the timeline of logistics after the lockout ends in ESPN’s report should remain consistent. Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen report that it will go something like this:"

Courtroom football returns, with a twist | National Football Post: "On Friday, while all eyes were transfixed on settlement discussions between NFL Owners and Players in New York, Courtroom football made a surprise appearance. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (the Court), after hearing oral arguments in St. Louis on June 3rd, made its ruling, reversing Judge Nelson’s injunction of the lockout as overbroad. The Court’s timing was unexpected; I was of the incorrect opinion that both the Court and Judge Doty -- who heard the television lockout case on May 12th -- would "stand down" while meaningful negotiations proceeded (Doty has still not ruled). Notwithstanding the negotiations going on between the parties, the Court ruled 2-1 in favor of the Owners, with Judge Colloton and Judge Benton – as on the temporary and permanent stays – siding with the Owners, and Judge Bye representing the lone dissent. Here is what you need to know about Friday’s ruling:"

7th Inning Sketch, Obama-and-Goodell: "Obama-and-Goodell"

Exclusive: We've Obtained Audited Financials For The NFL League Office: "These are audited financial statements for the NFL's league office, the nerve center of professional football, covering the years ended March 31, 2009, and March 31, 2010. The documents below deal with only one piece of NFL operations, and there aren't any obviously mind-melting revelations about the financial state of the league as a whole. But the statements do offer a rare glimpse at the inner workings of the NFL's stadium-financing program, a matter that lies at the heart of lockout."

 Kirk Cousins (QB, Michigan State): further analysis " Seahawks Draft Blog: "A couple of weeks ago I had a look at Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins and drew some comparisons to Florida State’s Christian Ponder. Statistically there’s a lot of similarities as discussed and certain elements of their game are comparable. However, there are aspects to Ponder’s game that I found a real concern that had so far not shown up with Cousins."

NFL lockout: League, players moving toward deal, sources say - ESPN: "The NFL and NFL Players Association are moving toward an agreement that can be ratified during the July 21 league meetings in Atlanta, according to sources familiar with the negotiations."

SportsBusiness Journal: Class-action push brings new threat to NFL schedule - NFL - Sporting News: "As the NFL and its players strive to agree on a new labor deal to end the now four-month-old lockout, a separate issue has emerged that could still endanger the preseason and perhaps the regular season: how to unwind the antitrust case filed against the league by 10 players. Outside counsel for the players, which include Tom Brady and Drew Brees, are pushing for the case (Brady v. NFL) to become a class action before it’s settled as part of a new labor deal, multiple sources said. A class-action settlement requires a 30- to 45-day window for comment, perhaps longer. So even if a deal on issues like revenue split and rookie wage scale is reached as soon as this week, unless the league is willing to lift the lockout before the resultant settlement is formal — something league brass have publicly said they will not do — it could mean a longer wait to open the NFL season, these sources said."

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