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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Sunday

Jeff Zelevansky

What will today bring?

Henry Melton, Seattle Seahawks deep in contract negotiations -
The Seattle Seahawks and free-agent defensive tackle Henry Melton are deep in negotiations Saturday night, Ian Rapoport reported.

Zach Miller restructures deal with Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
“You can just see he’s a clutch guy and we count on him, and there was a lot of stuff he did in the running game as well that helps us,” Carroll said after Miller returned from an injury against the Cardinals in October. “Without him we were so new with Luke doing all the little intricacies and stuff, so it was great to have him back. It really helps us out.”

2014 NFL Free Agency: Salary Cap Analysis
Tate is the beneficiary of signing a deal with a team in a poor cap situation. Because the Lions are cap-strapped in the present, they were forced to prorate Tate’s $8 million signing bonus over the course of the deal. Detroit would save only $1,550,000 by cutting Tate before the start of the 2016 league year, meaning he’ll almost certainly earn at least $18 million from Detroit.

NFL Draft 2014: St. Louis Rams Are On Two Clocks... - Turf Show Times
"Less is MORE" may be an oxymoron ( or even a Snead-esk tagline?) for some, but for the St. Louis Rams - who continue to boast the youngest roster in the NFL - it may be time to go with lower...

Zach Miller's pay cut ensures Seattle Seahawks return -
Zach Miller has agreed to a restructured, two-year contract that will lower his price tag but keep the veteran tight end with the Seattle Seahawks through 2015, Ian Rapoport reported Saturday.

Browner deal shows Seahawks' cornerback success -
The Patriots signed former Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner to a three-year deal Friday, proving just how good Seattle has become at discovering talent in the secondary. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

San Francisco 49ers receiver target list shrinks - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers' options for a free-agent receiver shrunk Saturday when, as expected, Julian Edelman returned to the New England Patriots.

Brandon Browner sixth Seattle Seahawks free agent to leave - ESPN
Few people expected him to return to the Seahawks, but now it's official. Brandon Browner signed a three-year deal Friday with the New England Patriots worth $17 million.

49ers adding depth at cornerback - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers are getting a veteran cornerback. But they might not be done adding at the position before the draft.

Move to guard with St. Louis Rams changed much for Rodger Saffold - ESPN
For all of the bizarre things that took place in the past week to get offensive lineman Rodger Saffold back as a member of the St. Louis Rams and addressing the local media in a news conference Friday afternoon, the one move that really started it all happened Nov. 10.

Ted Ginn is flexible with Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
He'll return punts or kickoffs or both. He'll line up in the slot or outside.

2014 NFL Draft: The free agent signings likely to impact the draft -
The goal of every NFL franchise is to build through the draft. Savvy teams, however, use veteran free agency to fill obvious needs. What have the millions spent in free agency thus far told us of teams' plans for May? Plenty.

Raiders sign former Texans DE Antonio Smith -
The Raiders have added a solid defensive end in Antonio Smith.

Report: Hakeem Nicks agrees to one-year deal with Colts -
Hakeem Nicks is reportedly headed from New York to Indianapolis.

Day 4 NFL free agency grades: Cortland Finnegan to Miami gets D -
NFL free agency slows considerably Friday, but there still are solid moves (Ravens, Steve Smith) and mistakes (Dolphins, Cortland Finnegan) to tally.

Rising stock report | National Football Post
Who helped themselves with a strong pro day performance?

2014 NFL free agency: Alterraun Verner, Darrelle Revis best value deals | Audibles -
With an incredible number of deals and more than $1 billion in total contract dollars already given to this year’s crop of free agents, it stands to reason (and the law of averages) that there will be a few real standouts.

Mincey says Broncos were "lackadaisical" in Super Bowl XLVIII | ProFootballTalk
"Sometimes the better team don’t always win," Mincey said. "The Seattle Seahawks came out there fired up and they wanted it more than we did. I think we were a little bit lackadaisical in the locker room before the game. See, that’s the thing about having, like, older guys. And Denver was full of older guys. Older guys take stuff a little lighter than younger guys. . . . We were more laid back and lackadaisical and I think that kind of cost us in a sense."

Best/Worst: Five Laws of Free Agency, the Goddamn Patriots, and the Hammer "
The biggest story in sports this week was NFL free agency, and it was actually kind of great to have football back in our lives. Making fun of the Raiders and Browns, hating the Patriots out of blind jealousy, wondering how much methamphetamine it takes to keep Adam Schefter running on a daily basis. It was all pretty wonderful.

Zach Miller agrees new deal with Seahawks | Seahawks Draft Blog
In some ways this was inevitable, but Miller didn’t have to take a pay reduction.

The Notebook: Timmy Jernigan has the power -
The Florida State defensive tackle powered through college football, but it'll take more than muscle to make it at the next level. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White takes a closer look at Jernigan's future in the pros.

Brandin Cooks, 2014 WR draft prospect, Google Hangout with Mile High Report - Mile High Report
Join us for a Google Hangout with 2014 draft prospect wide receiver Brandin Cooks at 4:00 p.m. Mile High time Friday, March 14th.

Aaron Donald 2014 NFL Draft scouting report -
The draft's most athletic interior lineman stuffed the stat sheet as a senior due in large part to his combination of speed and technique.

Kenny Britt visiting Rams Friday & Saturday - Turf Show Times
The Rams have scheduled a meeting with another former Titan, wide receiver Kenny Britt.