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Peyton Manning to Seattle? Don’t count on it " Seahawks Draft Blog
Manning to Seattle is not an illogical suggestion by any means. The Seahawks do need to upgrade at quarterback and are poorly positioned in the draft to solve this problem. Manning’s strong reputation remains intact despite what will be an acrimonious departure from the franchise he helped build over more than a decade. For years he dragged a mediocre Indianapolis roster into contention and when he finally succumbed to injury, the Colts quickly became the worst team in the NFL. Seattle has a solid young core and having an experienced, proven quarterback would surely help the team improve upon back-to-back 7-9 seasons.

Pre Combine: Top 15 prospect rankings | National Football Post
Who makes our top 15 before the start of the 2012 NFL combine?

Early spring practice notes | National Football Post
Preparations for the 2012 campaign have begun.

Enduring, and embracing, a too-familiar process
No one could blame Walter Thurmond if he felt sorry for himself after a second season-ending surgery in 25 months. But he's using the same short memory in his rehab process that serves him so well on the field. news: Dolphins O-coordinator Sherman praises Tannehill's confidence
Baring a trade into the top of April's draft, it's highly unlikely the Miami Dolphins will be in position to select either of the consensus top two quarterbacks available -- Stanford's Andrew Luck or Baylor's Robert Griffin III. news: Talent runs thick at outside linebacker; ILB more uncertain
The evolution of the passing game in the NFL has forced coaches and scouts to alter the job description for linebackers. Teams are intent on identifying disruptive playmakers with the speed and quickness to harass the passer, while also possessing the athleticism and instincts to drop into coverage.

On making a run at Steelers' Mike Wallace - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers aren't the only NFC West team needing help at wide receiver. The St. Louis Rams stand ahead of San Francisco in that line, particularly if Brandon Lloyd departs in free agency.

The Shutdown 50: #50 — Jonathan Massaquoi, DE/OLB, Troy | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Pros: Ridiculous burst and very fast first step off the ball; Massaquoi will be a nightmare at any level for offensive tackles who don't get into their stances quickly. Displays impressive short-area agility and upper body strength to get past first blocks at the line of scrimmage; will flash past tackles unless they re-set quickly. Can slant inside out of a "wide-nine" formation and pursue. Lateral agility applies to his ability to peel off blocks in the pocket and pursue running backs. Agile enough to roll into intermediate coverage; he'd be a long-term asset to any heavy zone-blitz team. Has a decent bull-rush for his size, especially considering his tendency to come off the snap high. Will go sideline-to-sideline with great effort to stop the play and has tremendous open-field speed. Teams that leave Massaquoi unblocked at the line do so at their own peril. news: Combine provides plenty of action, on and off the field
This week the NFL will converge once again on Indianapolis, but instead of hosting a huge game, the city resumes its normal role as home of the NFL Scouting Combine. I love the combine -- have loved every one since the first one I attended back in 1985 on the practice fields of Arizona State. And not because of the track and field event that is held on the field, but more for the opportunity to observe. As Yogi Berra once said, "You can see a lot by just observing," and the combine is a place for many observations.

NFL Combines on-deck, February 17, 2012 |
Charles is studying to cover the NFL Combine. Here’s a glance at what he’s looking toward —-> • NFL Combines are on deck for you, Charles. Who are you most intrigued about heading into this rigorous talent contest? "Robert Griffin III’s QB drills if he chooses to throw, since he’s coming out of the spread offense; "Alshon Jeffery, WR from South Carolina. How fast is he? His production took a hit last year; "Dwayne Allen, TE from Clemson. Huge year in 2011…is he more of a traditional TE or more of a receiving TE?"

Report: Lynch, Seahawks 'deep' in contract talks -
In 2011, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had the most productive season of his career, rushing for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns on 285 carries. Despite that, it's been thought that Seattle wouldn't use the franchise-tag on the impending free agent. news: Plenty of players preparing for franchise tag
Seahawks: The Seahawks are deep in talks with running back Marshawn Lynch on a long-term deal, which could well be completed before the March 5 deadline. If that somehow falls apart, the Seahawks are prepared to tag Lynch, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Andrew Luck, Matt Kalil, Trent Richardson top prospects for 2012 NFL Draft - Tony Pauline -
The final phase of scouting for the 2012 beings this week with the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Now that the season and all of the following All Star games are complete, it's time to revisit and reshuffle the big board. Here are the top 50 players on's big board as we get ready for a busy week ahead (* denotes underclassman). news: Should St. Louis stick with Bradford ... or turn to RG3? - With the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams are in a great trading position. They could keep Sam Bradford and trade the pick to a team that wants Robert Griffin III for multiple draft picks; or they could take Griffin and trade Bradford for draft choices. One way or another, the Rams have the potential to greatly improve their football team.

Tale of the Tape: Justin Blackmon vs Stanford - Mocking The Draft
Justin Blackmon is widely considered the top wide receiver in this years draft class. He had an brilliant season, putting up 121 receptions for 1522 yards and 18 touchdowns. Amazingly, his stats actually regressed from his 2010 season where he caught 111 passes for 1782 yards and 20 touchdowns.

BC's super productive Kuechly eager to show numbers can translate to NFL - NFL, NFLDRAFT - -
Teams travel to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this week for the scouting combine. There, they'll record massive amounts of data to help confirm the players they've identified as the best available in the 2012 draft. The numbers and statistical analysis generated from the weeklong combine border on information overload, especially in the case of a player like Boston College's Luke Kuechly. For Kuechly (pronounced KEEK-ly), only one number should matter to scouts: 532.

Bowe should stay put | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs essentially decided to sign Stanford Routt over trying to re-sign cornerback Brandon Carr to agree to a long-term deal.

Mac's Football Blog: Giants DE Osi Umenyiora Not Sure Of Future With Team
"We’re just going to have to wait and see," Umenyiora said on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio program on Monday, via a transcription provided by Michael David Smith of "I can see it going either way. I can see where they would keep me, I can see where they would trade me, because it makes sense both ways.

Rueben Randle: Why The Sideline Arm Matters | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
The little things matter – especially in a sport known for being a game of inches. Most people think of those valuable inches as every blade of grass ahead of a runner or defender in a north south direction. East west inches matter, too. So do the small techniques that players often forsake. Techniques we know are important, but we generally ignore until something bad happens.

Ranking the 2012 Free Agents: Offensive Tackles |
Consecutive offseasons of labor uncertainties and CBA wrangling have produced a bumper crop of free agents at a number of positions for 2012. One of those positions not seeing a windfall of talent hit the open market is offensive tackle where, as ever, teams have ensured that quality players on the perimeter of the offensive line will not go free. There is still some quality available for the right team looking to take a calculated risk, but the talent that to be had either has a minimal body of work behind it or comes with red flags.

Contract Killers: Which pending free agents hurt their cause in 2011? – Audibles
When NFL free agency begins on March 13, the race will be on for the elite players on the market. Players like Mario Williams, Vincent Jackson and Marques Colston likely will cash in with monster deals. But what about the less fortunate soon-to-be free agents?

Absent a long-term deal, Matt Forte will get franchise tag | National Football Post
Today is first days clubs can use tag