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Why Red Bryant should have more value to Seahawks - Blog -
Red Bryant isn't the only premier defensive end scheduled to hit the free-agent market soon. Cliff Avril, Robert Mathis and Calais Campbell are among them, as is Mario Williams, who was a defensive end for five seasons before moving to outside linebacker in 2011 as the Texans switched to a 3-4 defense.

Team Needs: NFC - Offseason Low Down -
The 2012 NFL offseason officially began on Monday. Smaller cuts have begun to trickle in (Bryant McFadden, Zac Diles), and big ones (Peyton Manning) will soon follow.

Managing the Pocket Part I: Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Former Jets coach and personnel manager Pat Kirwan noted in his book Take Your Eye Off The Ball, that the only scrambling quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl was Steve Young. Some may infer from that fact that scramblers are not the ideal style of quarterback for an NFL team. I think it’s probably more accurate to take this statement as a historic reflection, but not a basic truth about today’s NFL.

Training Day: Learning the 40 with an Olympian | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Up through the NFL draft, Shutdown Corner's Kristian Dyer will be training at TEST Sports Club in Martinsville, N.J., along with roughly 20 players. All of these athletes are prepping for the NFL combine, different pro days and of course, the NFL draft in April. A former college soccer player, Kristian was a playground legend at quarterback back in middle school but never played a down of organized football. He will be blogging about the life of training for the NFL draft and a career in the league as he lives it firsthand.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2011 Football Outsiders Awards
Welcome to the results of the ninth annual Football Outsiders Awards -- the best and worst players of the year, as voted on by you, our readers. For those curious about past years, you will find links to each of the previous FO Awards articles on this page.

Lions facing big decision with Cliff Avril – Audibles
Martin Mayhew traversed his first three offseasons as the Lions’ general manager without using the franchise tag. If he’s going to push that streak to four, it might come at the expense of Cliff Avril.

Peyton Manning's, Matt Flynn's futures at forefront of NFL offseason issues - Don Banks -
With the glow (and the now annual blame-game fallout) of the Super Bowl dying down, we turn our attention to the long NFL offseason, which won't end until teams start reporting for training camp in late July. Here are the 10 questions that most intrigue me as the league transitions into player acquisition and draft evaluation mode....

Rams expand their GM search to a 10th candidate | National Football Post
Request permission to interview Omar Khan

Time to hit the weight room | National Football Post
Offseason training is crucial for NFL players.

Peyton Predicament: Part 3 | National Football Post
Cap and cash ramifications of expected release

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: 2012 Seahawks Off-Season Analysis Part V: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends
State Of The Position This one is all about perspective. On one hand, Doug Baldwin had a historic season for an undrafted free agent, Golden Tate gave hope that he would not be a bust, Sidney Rice was on pace to be a rare 1,000 yard Seahawks receiver, and Zach Miller proved he is a team guy who will sacrifice his stats for the good of the team without bitching. On the other hand, Mike Williams was a disaster, Rice got injured again, Miller had his worst receiving season as a pro, and Tate's improvement was modest. How much of the lack of production by receivers and tight ends was due to a poor offensive line or mediocre quarterback play? Let's look at the individuals.

Seahawks Insider live chat with Doug Baldwin at Noon | Seahawks Insider

Reward worth risk of landing Manning | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Seeing iconic players perform in alien uniforms can be disorienting, if not absolutely eerie. Johnny Unitas with the Chargers. Joe Montana with the Chiefs.

Could Sanchez and/or McFadden be trade possibilities? " Seahawks Draft Blog
Every now and then, Rob and I are privy to some insider Seahawks information from a proven and reliable source. In the case of the Carson Palmer trade which Rob reported last year, he decided to go public with that information after confirming it with two NFL sources- but its worth noting that neither of those sources was our usual guy, and when Rob asked him about it, he never confirmed or denied what we had been hearing about talks between Cincy and Seattle last year. I personally think there really was something there with Palmer, but because then first-place Oakland got desperate and overpaid after Campbell went down last year, we’ll never really know how accurate the information really was. I bring this up because I want to defend the credibility of our source, who had nothing to do with that report- even if it ends up being true. Pretty much every piece of information the source has given us has more or less been proven later.

RB Chris Polk Scouting Report | Buffalo Bills Draft
Very good top end speed…does well in the open field to see his blocks and identify potential cut back lanes…has the body type to run between the tackles and make defenses pay

NFL mock draft: First-round board fluctuates as Combine approaches - NFL - Sporting News
6. Washington Redskins: Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington. The Redskins want to make an upgrade at quarterback, but they are not sold on Tannehill with high a pick. So they grab Ta'amu (6-3, 330), who can be a dominant interior force in their 3-4 scheme.

Tale of the Tape: Ryan Tannehill vs Oklahoma State. - Mocking The Draft
Last week I looked at Ryan Tannehill vs SMU, where I felt he had an almost flawless performance. Today, I felt like it was only fair for me to break down a game where he struggled to try and help work out what his floor in the NFL could be. Here's his stat line from the Oklahoma State game: 28 of 47 (59.6% completion), 309 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions at a rating of 116.1.

Top offensive recruiting classes by position | National Football Post
A look at the most impressive crop of talent unit by unit.

Yahoo Again Tops Latest ComScore Rankings, While ESPN Falls To Third - SportsBusiness Daily | SportsBusiness Journal
Yahoo Sports again earned the top spot on comScore's monthly rankings of U.S. online sports destinations, pulling in an audience of 54.96 million unique visitors in January. But the biggest story was the fall of to the third slot, behind