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It's a brand new week! Go out and make it a great one, but first, read this ish.

Calling All St. Louis Rams Fans: One Of Our Own Needs Your Help - Turf Show Times
Those of you who have been around these parts for a long time know Tevin T. Broner pretty well. Maybe you only know him as T.Ram, a front page author here at TST. Maybe you know him as the mayor of North Little Rock, the Arkansas Flash, the South's leading ladies man, and all around man, myth, legend.

2012 NFL Free Agency: Previewing the Seattle Seahawks - Niners Nation
So for my last article, I got in a little bit of hot water when I said nice things about Lance Kendricks. I will admit that I probably over-did it, but I still think that he is a bright star for that team. He also can't catch, sooo.... Anyway, this just means for today's post about the Seattle Seahawks, I'm going to be particularly tepid about everybody. Here it goes!

Arizona Cardinals Week In Review: Peyton Manning, Free Agents, The Draft, Coaches - Revenge of the Birds
Did you miss anything this week with the Arizona Cardinals? Well, read on. We have the pertinent posts of the week organized into topics. Hit the jump for more and to catch up or get a reminder or two.

NFL Draft Risers and Fallers through Senior Bowl | NFL Draft Blog –
It’s still very early in the draft process, but the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl are the first test for the top prospects. With those two all-star games behind us, we can begin to evaluate whose stock is on the rise, and whose stock is starting to fall, before we head to the Combine in late Februrary.

Does Michael Crabtree have a future with the 49ers? | NFL Draft Blog –
Michael Crabtree expressed frustration after the San Francisco 49ers loss to the Giants in the NFC Championship Game. His frustration was understandable, but his comments were both out of line and delusional:

49ers in market for "big stature receiver" | NFL Draft Blog –
The 49ers ended the season with three active receivers, one of which is now the least popular man in San Francisco. So it comes as no surprise that Jim Harbaugh wants to address the position this offseason. Following the season, Harbaugh spoke about the issues at receiver and lamented the failure of Braylon Edwards. He stated "we were looking for that big stature receiver" when acquiring Edwards, but due to injuries and ineffectiveness he was released midseason. Fortunately for the Niners, there are a number of "big stature" receivers who should come off the board in the first few rounds. Here are

New Era Scouting – 2012 Draft Interview: California, Defensive End, Trevor Guyton
The University of California is a team to keep an eye on in the next couple of years. They have a handful of young NFL draft prospects. They will be missing an important member of their defense this year, that being DE Trevor Guyton. See as Joe Gaiter asks Trevor some questions about his upcoming shot at the NFL.

Pre-Combine News & Notes
As we move closer to the combine here’s the latest news and notes making their way around the scouting world as players, coaches and NFL decision makers prepare to descend on Indianapolis.

Luke Kuechly 2012 NFL Draft scouting report - Mocking The Draft
Coverage: When dropped in zone coverage, Kuechly has high football intelligence to read plays as they develop around him. May not have the best athleticism to redirect quickly, but has the smarts to compensate for it. May not have the vertical speed to turn and run with some tight ends.

Draft 2012: The Underrated - NFL Draft Preview -
This is the complementary Underrated prospects column following last Friday's Overrated article. Read below for the most underrated players eligible for this year's draft, and bang it here for the most overrated.

2011 Tackling: The Cornerbacks |
The NFL season has finished, and–with the last of the confetti–it’s time to turn our attention to a bit of evaluation and stock-taking of the season that just was. 2011 provided us with some interesting numbers and play, but perhaps none more so than some of the data we find in our tackling study for cornerbacks. For any of you who have seen our tackling studies in previous seasons, you will be well familiar with the sight of Asante Samuel being firmly rooted to the base of the table with an impressive level of tackling ineptitude. This season, the Philadelphia Eagles have given Samuel company at the bottom end, and for once, he isn’t even the poorest performing tackler on his own team.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
The Big Tuna and the hall of fame; ranking the best Giants teams; Scout Talk and all the latest.

Keeping the Band Together [Now with at Least 50% Fewer Error Messages!] | February
Although the Seahawks’ 2011 season ended with them eliminated from playoff contention for the third time in the last four years, I’d be hard pressed to label it a disappointment. Okay, so the 2-6 start to the year was pretty much the textbook definition of disappointment, but that was before Pete Carroll’s team salvaged a 7-9 finish from that dismal start, thanks in no small part to the talent unearthed by John Schneider and his 200+ roster transactions over the last two years. Hey, nobody ever said rebuilding the team from the ground up was going to be quick and painless, right?

Seahawks boss right where he wants to be | Seattle Seahawks
As Paul Allen’s sports boss of 18 months, Seahawks president Peter McLaughlin has to maintain sellout streaks for two teams in one house.

Top 50 free agents: Former top pick Williams is top player on open market - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
My rule when ranking NFL free agents: Nobody age 30 or over in the top 10 -- unless you are a quarterback. You can be 30 and a star, and you won't be atop my list. I just can't see the rationale in spending big money on a 30-or-older player when it's almost a certainty that the player won't be playing at a high level for the duration of the contract. The target age is 26 or 27.

Morning links: Cruising the mock drafts | Seahawks Insider
With a little over two months remaining until the NFL draft in April, I thought today we’d take a look around some of the national sites to see who they have the Seahawks selecting.

Minimum cash spend will be based on unadjusted cap numbers | ProFootballTalk
In response to our item from earlier today regarding the ability of teams to carry over cap space from year to year simply by submitting a piece of paper signed by the owner indicating a desire to do so, some of you have suggested that teams will refrain from doing so because it would drive up their minimum cash spending requirement.

NFL Free Agency 2012: Matt Flynn, Mario Williams Among Marquee Names Hitting The Market -
The season over, NFL teams can start planning for the 2012 season. Free agency begins on March 13. Which free agents will see the biggest demand for their services this spring?

2012 NFL Free Agency: Top Free Agents Will Affect the Draft - Mocking The Draft
As soon as Tom Brady's desperation hail mary hit the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium, it was draft season. The following week was filled with mock drafts, scouting reports and non-stop draft news. But maybe it's time to pump the breaks for a minute. The NFL Scouting Combine and free agency are still on the horizon, and each will have an enormous effect on the mock drafts around the country.