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What's going on today? Oh, here are some things!

2012 NFL draft countdown: Analyzing SN's No. 38 prospect, Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw - NFL - Sporting News
Strengths: Upshaw is a well-built defender at who 6-2, 265 pounds combines his size and long arms to play strong at the point of attack against run blockers. He has an excellent reach to jolt the run blockers upright and backward. Upshaw then quickly sheds blocks to make tackles on runs at him. He is a consistent, wrap-up tackler along the line of scrimmage.

2012 NFL draft countdown: Analyzing SN's No. 37 prospect, Miami LB Sean Spence - NFL - Sporting News
Strengths: Spence is a quick-twitch, explosive athlete with outstanding speed. His lateral agility allows him to make plays sideline to sideline.

Rob Rang - Team that takes Tannehill in top 12 is really rolling the dice
Before I attempt to argue why a quarterback I like shouldn't be drafted in the top half of the first round, let me point out that I gave Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill, a first-round grade prior to the 2011 season, a first-round grade halfway through the season and a first-round grade now. Frankly, there isn't a player in the country I've watched more tape on than Tannehill in the past calendar year, which is why my grade hasn't fluctuated on him like it has for others.

Rob Rang - A day after his Pro Day, WVU pass rusher Bruce Irvin arrested
Irvin is currently rated as a possible second round pick by and as our No. 9 outside linebacker. Explosive off the snap and possessing an impressive array of pass rush moves, Irvin is considered by some to be the most talented pass rusher of the 2012 draft. Character concerns, however, could limit his stock on draft day.

Free-agent signings changing NFL teams' draft boards by the day -
Don't let anyone tell you free agency isn't tied to the draft. Front office executives have to look at both pools of talent to build a better team, limit personnel losses they might incur and deal with the reality that a bird in the hand may be better than two in the bush.

NFL Draft: are injuries still a concern for these prospects? | National Football Post
Trent Richardson, Markelle Martin and more.

NFL Draft: Ranking the WR class by Tiers | National Football Post
Who are the prospects to look for throughout the first couple rounds…

The guard prospect EVERYONE needs to know about | National Football Post
He wasn’t a Combine invite, but could be starting in the NFL from Day 1.

Hardwork and Dedication: An Interview With Draft Board Riser George Iloka | Articles
Safety George Iloka from Boise state is one of fast rising players on draftboard. The tall and rangy safety has improved his stock tremendously with impressive performances at the Senior Bowl and at the combine.

Free Agent Update: The QB Quandary Continues - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
As the Dolphins continue to flounder in their search for a new quarterback this offseason and times seem to get more desperate with each day, they might do well to heed WOPR's advice from WarGames. Their only winning move might be not to play at all.

Flynn solves Seattle's QB issue, for now - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Forget about Alex Smith paying a free-agent visit to the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks' contract agreement with Matt Flynn, announced by the team, largely solves the team's quarterback search for at least the 2012 season. The pressure to draft a quarterback early is now gone. Seattle can go into the season with Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson as its veteran options. The length of the contract, three years, is shorter than what a franchise quarterback would command. But the potential value of the deal -- $26 million overall -- gives Flynn a giant opportunity to distinguish himself as one. He's most likely going to be the starter heading into the upcoming season, in other words.

Matt Flynn not much more than average fantasy QB with Seattle Seahawks - Fantasy Football - ESPN
If I were the Seattle Seahawks, I would rather have Peyton Manning than Matt Flynn. But if I were the Seattle Seahawks, I would probably rather have Matt Flynn than Alex Smith. The Seahawks could do nothing about the first of those two statements; Peyton wouldn't even talk to them. So they did the best with what they could and reached an agreement with Flynn on a relatively cap-friendly deal: $10 million guaranteed over three years. He will more than likely be Seattle's starter in 2012.

NFL - A look at the biggest losers in free agency by position - ESPN
After the first week of a frenzied free-agency period, let's examine the losers among players. I'm not analyzing individuals as much as I'm looking at the positions.

2012 NFL draft pro day updates - Tony Pauline -
Quarterback Nick Foles looked solid in the adverse conditions. Scouts thought Foles took something off his passes in order to make the wet ball more catchable, but looked surprisingly effective rolling outside the pocket, then throwing on the move.

After locking up Flynn, Seahawks turn attention to Michael Bush | National Football Post
Free agent running back spent first four seasons in Oakland.

Is Flynn worth the risk for Carroll, Seahawks? | National Football Post
Limited experience? Doesn't matter if you see the QB as an upgrade. Blogs " Blog Archive Seahawks flew to Denver to woo Manning "
The Seahawks were serious enough about trying to land Peyton Manning that team officials flew to Denver to try to set up a meeting when he visited the Broncos for the first time, according to league sources.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Matt Flynn and the Nerve of Assassins
There's a great scene in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven where Gene Hackman explains how he can be an effective gunfighter without having exactly the quickest draw in the West: "Look son, being a good shot, being quick with a pistol, that don't do no harm, but it don't mean much next to being cool-headed. A man who will keep his head and not get rattled under fire, like as not, he'll kill ya. It ain't so easy to shoot a man anyhow, especially if the son-of-a-bitch is shootin' back at you."

Thiel: What’s Flynn’s deal? Be better than OK | Seattle Seahawks
Flynn seems an upgrade over Jackson, although the evidence is scant; there’s lots of quarterbacks in Seahawks and NFL history who fit into the great middle of QBs that are good, not great.

Pete Carroll says there will be an "open competition" at quarterback | ProFootballTalk
When Tarvaris Jackson signed with the Seahawks as a free agent in 2011, Pete Carroll didn’t waste any time before installing him as the team’s starting quarterback.

Inside the Panthers: Panthers sign Mike Tolbert to 4-year deal
The Panthers also could look to trade Stewart before he enters the final year of his contract, although multiple team sources think that scenario is unlikely.

Flynn: Hawks have a chance to do something special | Seahawks Insider
We had an opportunity to talk with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and Matt Flynn this afternoon via conference call. Flynn had this to say about making the decision between Miami and Seattle.

Jerry Brewer | Seahawks get Matt Flynn at right price, but is he the right quarterback? | Seattle Times Newspaper
Matt Flynn will only cost the Seahawks $10 million guaranteed, but whether he can produce positive results remains to be seen.

Peyton Manning's decision on where to play next will affect a lot of people - Peter King -
The deal is for three years, with $10 million guaranteed. Depending on his skill level and whether he starts, Flynn could earn between $19.5 and $24 million from the contract, or $26 million if he performs at a top-quarterback level. But chances are he'll play two years of the deal and then the Seahawks will make their decision for the future on him.

Bruce Irvin arrested for destruction of property | ProFootballTalk
Last month, former West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin ran very fast at the Scouting Combine, with a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Over the weekend, he apparently didn’t run fast enough.