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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Tuesday


Clayton expects Seahawks or Falcons to sign Williams - Blog -
"If you're going to be going for Mario Williams, the best value is to put him on the line of scrimmage and have him rush as a 4-3 defensive end. That's the way the league goes," Clayton said. "You don't see $15 million linebackers. ... I think that when you look at the value, he's going to be more valuable to a 4-3 team, and the two 4-3 teams that appear to have either the most money or the most interest are Atlanta and Seattle."

Manning out. Tebow… Kolb… Gabbert… in? " Seahawks Draft Blog
Last week Rob reported that Seattle had a quarterback deal in place with a mystery Manning suitor. We honestly have no idea which team that is, but after talking this over with Rob, I figured now would be a good time to discuss some possibilities as Manning’s search for a team draws near a close. Please do not confuse this for breaking news or further insider info. It isn’t. It is purely speculation.

What if ‘the big four’ aren’t available? " Seahawks Draft Blog
We’ve highlighted four key names to watch for the Seahawks in round one of the draft: Courtney Upshaw, Melvin Ingram, Quinton Coples and Trent Richardson. This is a team that knows it needs to improve the pass rush and with 2-3 key additions to the front seven, Seattle could find itself in possession of a border-line elite defense. Many people consider this a ‘six-player draft’ – a sextet of elite players that are expected to go early, possibly 1-6. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be the top two picks, potentially followed by Matt Kalil, Morris Claiborne, Trent Richardson and Justin Blackmon. Out of that group, the one most likely to squirm through to Seattle is Alabama’s Richardson. We see him as the wildcard option that could divert the team’s attention away from the pass rush.

Randy Moss as the new Braylon Edwards - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few thoughts after the San Francisco 49ers reached agreement Monday on a one-year deal with receiver Randy Moss:

Leinart next on Houston chopblock | National Football Post
Texans left with QBs Schaub, Yates on roster

Clayton expects Seahawks or Falcons to sign Williams - Blog -
The Seahawks, with money to spend and a need for a pass-rusher, have been considered a strong possibility for free-agent defensive end Mario Williams.

Quarterback Ball velocity at NFL Combine 2009… | Ourlads' NFL Football & Scouting Blog
Ourlads’ Guide to the NFL Draft is the only source that gives the number for the quarterback’s velocity at the NFL Combine. Velocity is measured by a radar gun in miles per hour.

NFLPA agreed to Cowboys/Redskins salary cap sanctions | ProFootballTalk
The NFL’s decision to remove salary cap space now from teams that dumped salary into the uncapped year of 2010 technically constitutes a violation of the labor deal with the players, because the CBA allowed teams to spend at will in the uncapped year, subject to specifically negotiated limits (e.g., six years to unrestricted free agency, the "Final Eight Plan").

NFL Free Agency - ESPN

2012 NFL draft pro day updates - Tony Pauline -
The pro day schedule starts a bit light today, as we'll focus on Pittsburgh and Tulsa. Later this week scouts will be attending pro day workouts at Cal, Florida, Oklahoma, Penn State and Arizona State, to name a few. Several performances that slipped through the cracks late last week are worthy of mention.

Report: Tim Tebow gone in Denver if Peyton Manning signs with Broncos - NFL - Sporting News
Despite last season's playoff run and intense national interest, the Denver Broncos don't plan to keep quarterback Tim Tebow if they can sign Peyton Manning, according to a published report. The report from Pro Football Talk, which cited an unidentified "source with knowledge of the dynamics in Denver," said the team prefers to trade Tebow rather than release him. According to another Sunday report, Manning is down to two teams—and the Broncos are one of them.

Peyton Manning visits Denver, Arizona as he tries to decide where he'll play next - Peter King -
Caught your breath yet?

Rams could learn fate of Gregg Williams this week | National Football Post
NFL will be delivering discipline soon

Top Post-Season Risers: Skill positions | National Football Post
Who has seen the biggest spike in their draft stock since the end of the season?

Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill now the "hot" name in the NFL Draft | National Football Post
Is he worth a top 10 pick?

Develop young talent at QB? Not if you can sign Manning | National Football Post
Titans, Broncos both willing to sacrifice young QBs for Manning.

The quarterback carousel | National Football Post
The landing spots for Peyton Manning and Robert Griffin III will send shockwaves through the rest of the NFL.

Free Agent Countdown: Teams That Should Spend a Little - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Phew. Two pieces into our NFL free agency preview and we've knocked off the 16 teams who are unlikely to spend all that much this month, which yields

What's next for Cleveland? | National Football Post
Failing to pull the trigger on a deal with the Rams has the Browns now looking to Plan B.

Rob Rang - Four under-the-radar Pro Day workouts that opened eyes
A slow news day on the Pro Day front gives us time to publicize a few under-the-radar workouts that had scouts returning to the game tape. Blogs " Blog Archive Crick shows strength at Nebraska pro day "
Nebraska held its pro day last Thursday, and 13 players worked out indoors on field turf with 15 teams in attendance. Nebraska historically has been a very, very good ground for players to come into NFL because the staff does a good job of coaching them, and the players usually have a really good work ethic.

Taking care of their own first
The NFL free agency period begins Tuesday, but the Seahawks are among those teams that place a premium on retaining their own players. news: Niners work out Moss with keen interest in big-play ability
The San Francisco 49ers are holding a workout with veteran wide receiver Randy Moss on Monday because the team needs something extra at that position, according to its owner and CEO. news: Saints' Carl Nicks determined to be NFL's richest guard
Over four seasons, Carl Nicks worked himself from fifth-round fringe guy to one of the best guards in the NFL. He represented a serious steal for the Saints, but now Nicks wants his money in a big way.

Film Room: Linebackers
Greg Cosell breaks down the game of Stephen Tullock, a free agent linebacker that would probably fit quite well with the Seahawks.

Can the Seahawks afford to wait on Peyton Manning? - Blog -
The latest developments in Peyton Manning's free-agent tour suggest that the Seahawks' chances of signing the quarterback are dwindling, if not done.

Free-agency primer: Manning, Nicks among the big offensive options | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Unlike some free-agent classes that feature one huge name and a bunch of lesser lights, the 2012 class features one big haul on each side of the ball. Obviously, Peyton Manning is the big name on offense, and we have Mario Williams as the main man on defense. By position, here's a look at the most important names to know once the new league year kicks in on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., and the pursuit of many great players begins. First, the offense:

Seahawks Blog | Report: Seahawks have nearly $30 million in cap space | Seattle Times Newspaper
The Seahawks are $29.8 million below the salary cap, according to one of the country's top Web sites for football news. listed a team-by-team status vis-a-vis the 2012 salary cap of $120.6 million, and listed the Seahawks' with the eighth-most space in the league.

ManningWatch: Team ownership matters - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks owned the NFC West for years because their owner, Paul Allen, was so clearly superior to his peers in the division.