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Hawks release OL Robert Gallery; sign McQuistan | Seahawks Insider
Rick Smith, the agent for Robert Gallery, said via twitter that his client has been released by the Seattle Seahawks this evening. The Seahawks confirmed the move

Report: TE Visanthe Shiancoe to visit Seahawks - Blog -
Free-agent tight end Visanthe Shiancoe will visit with the Seahawks "within the next few days," according to Steve Wyche of the NFL Network.

Seahawks release Robert Gallery, sign Paul McQuistan - Blog -
Robert Gallery's knowledge of Tom Cable's zone-blocking scheme and the veteran presence he could provide to the Seahawks' young offensive line were primary reasons Seattle signed him to a three-year, $15 million deal last summer. Robert Gallery After one injury-plagued season, Gallery is gone.

The Mario Manningham tour begins in San Francisco | ProFootballTalk
It was widely believed that the Redskins would target Giants receiver Mario Manningham once free agency opened. They didn’t.

Dick LeBeau shows you how to form tackle (sort of) | Smart Football
An in-game demonstration from the great Steelers (and here, former Bengals) defensive coordinator, versus the old Run and Shoot Houston Oilers:

Rob Rang - Michigan State's talented draft class stand out at Pro Day
Representatives of"virtually all"of the NFL teams were on hand to see a talented class of Michigan State Spartans work out Wednesday at the university's Pro Day.

2012 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins' quarterback decision could shake things up - Mocking The Draft
The quarterback carousel has been crazier than ever this offseason. First, Andrew Luck unseats Peyton Manning as the signal caller of the Indianapolis Colts. Then, the Redskins offer up a king's ransom to the Rams in order to move up to the No.2 overall selection, conceivably to draft Robert Griffin III. Now, the Manning sweepstakes is about to come to a close, with the runner up likely being stuck with the lesser Matt Flynn.

2012 NFL Free Agency: Thinning wide receiver class could boost draft value of the position - Mocking The Draft
The NFL is a passing league. If you needed confirmation, look no further than the mad rush to sign and trade for wide receivers as free agency opened yesterday. Teams are starting to spread the field with three and four wideout sets on a regular basis.

Peyton Manning, Mario Williams provide biggest gambles in free agency - Jeff Diamond -
As this year's NFL free agency period opens, teams will be wrestling with age-old issues: risk vs. reward, talent vs. trouble, injury history, how a player fits in the team's current locker room and whether that player is worth potentially overpaying if his price rises in the open market. It's all part of the game of March.

Can Randy Moss fit in with the 49ers? – Audibles
As the 49ers struggled throughout the 2011 season to find consistency at wide receiver, it’s hard to imagine anyone expected this to be the outcome. San Francisco signed Randy Moss to a one-year deal on Monday night, ending Moss’ brief retirement from the NFL. "I really didn’t know who was going to try me out, who was going to hook me up," Moss said during a conference call after the transaction was announced. "The organization here pulled the trigger."

Free agency early winners and losers – Audibles
NFL free agency hit the ground running on Tuesday afternoon, with a flurry that saw more than a handful of big names pick their teams for 2012 and beyond. Who got the jump on the league during free agency’s first 24 hours? With the full knowledge that many of these could be proven wrong once the season starts, here’s a breakdown of the early winners and losers:

Peyton Manning, Titans execs meeting in Nashville - NFL -
A group of Tennessee Titans executives have returned to Nashville with Peyton Manning for a meeting with the free agent on the team's home turf.

Mario Williams being wooed by Bills, counted on to bring major culture change - Don Banks -
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we digest the doings of the first 24 hours or so of the NFL's always frenzied free agency period...

Free agency: Marshall, Finnegan, Reggie and more... | National Football Post
Notes from Day 1 of NFL Free Agency.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Seahawks Thoughts: Day One Of Free Agency
There is an old saying that movement does not equal progress. Free agency in the NFL proves that more than most things.

Seahawks Blog | Steve Hutchinson to visit the Seahawks | Seattle Times Newspaper
Guard Steve Hutchinson is scheduled to visit the Seattle Seahawks, showing that time does in fact heal all wounds. That and two coaching changes and a front-office overhaul don't hurt either.

Ex-Hawk Steve Hutchinson to visit the VMAC | Seahawks Insider
First reported by ESPN’s Mike Sando, the Seattle Seahawks confirmed they are meeting with veteran offensive guard Steve Hutchinson. The University of Michigan produt of course started his career with Seattle as the No. 17 overall pick in the 2001 draft. Hutchinson spent his first five years with Seattle, where he made three Pro Bowls with before leaving in free agency after the 2005 season to Minnesota in the messy Poison Pill situation

What will free agency bring the Seahawks next? - Blog -
As it pertains to the Seahawks, this whole free-agency frenzy is hard to figure out. We hear things, hope for things, pray for some things to happen and pray for other things to not work out. news: How will Cleveland approach pivotal 2012 NFL Draft?
The Cleveland Browns have a plan, and they're sticking to it. This became clear when the franchise refused to give up three first-round picks to the St. Louis Rams for the rights to Robert Griffin III. Apparently, the Browns believe in the steady building process they began a year ago with the hiring of coach Pat Shurmur. The plan will continue with the big picture in mind of improving the franchise each year until Cleveland becomes a playoff-caliber team, much like the Detroit Lions have done under Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew.

2012 NFL draft pro day updates - Tony Pauline -
Pro day workouts at Michigan State, Cal, Florida State and Maryland are complete on what's been a busy day. The weather in Berkley, California was miserable, as a downpour disrupted the Golden Bears' workout and most of the position drills were cancelled. Still, there were a few outstanding performances from lesser-known prospects despite the terrible conditions.

TE Carlson Bolts; Steve Hutchinson (!), Flynn due in | Seattle Seahawks
Carlson gets $25 million, $11 million guaranteed, despite missing all last season after shoulder surgery in Seattle; QBs Flynn, Henne booking visits to Seattle.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Adjusted Interceptions 2011
Last year, we introduced a new metric on FO called "adjusted interceptions." The basic idea:

Rob Rang - Rainey's 4.37 highlights quiet Florida pro day
Scouts who watched 2011 first-round pick Joe Haden run the 40-yard dash in the 4.6-second range can't cry "fast track" when analyzing the peformance of Florida running back Chris Rainey's 4.37-second 40-yard dash Tuesday.

Cosell’s Watching: Trent Richardson is the Best of 2012 : NFL Films Blog
Greg Cosell: Trent Richardson is the best player in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Tennessee Titans brass leaves to meet with Peyton Manning - ESPN
Titans coach Mike Munchak, general manager Ruston Webster and owner Bud Adams' top executive in Tennessee have landed in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., on their way to meet with Peyton Manning. Where the meeting will happen remains a closely guarded secret.

NFL Free Agency Recap: Bucs Spend Big, Mario Williams Visits Bills And Reggie Wayne Returns To Indy
As expected, the big money was flowing early in free agency as Vincent Jackson signed a $55 million deal and the Bills hope to make Mario Williams the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. Here's...

Report: Mario Williams leaving Buffalo without signing, will visit others | ProFootballTalk
The Buffalo Bills appear to have fallen short in their quest to make a big splash on the opening day of free agency with the biggest free agent contract ever given to a defensive player. Instead, Mario Williams will leave Buffalo without signing and has scheduled a visit with at least one other team, Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports.