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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

Thank goodness it's TGIF.

Jared Allen weighing offer from Seattle Seahawks, other teams, agent says - ESPN
Jared Allen was accompanied on his second visit to the Seattle Seahawks by his wife, family members and his agent.

12 exciting 2014 NFL draft prospects hidden behind bigger names | Audibles -
The story goes that prior to the 2010 draft the Pittsburgh Steelers visited Central Michigan to scout QB Dan LeFevour, only to be wowed by wide receiver Antonio Brown. The Bears took a (poor) shot on LeFevour at No. 181 overall that year. Pittsburgh nabbed Brown, considered a fringe prospect, at No. 195.

NFL free agency assessment on money, contracts, players, more | The MMQB with Peter King
The business of football is football this time of the calendar. Well into our second week of the new league year, let's take a look at what we've learned via two distinct avenues: the money and the people. THE MONEY • Still too early to call the CBA winner.

NFL Prospect Focus: LSU Defense | National Football Post
Once again, LSU's defense will have some names in the NFL Draft

2014 NFL free agency: Jared Allen reportedly considering offer from Seattle Seahawks | Audibles -
Jared Allen heads home. After what were termed “good discussions” with #Seahawks, they made an offer. He’ll consider, decide this weekend — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2014 Update: NFL.

His Seahawks family remembers Dale Cramer
Dale Cramer was more than the facilities manager at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. He was a bigger-than-life personality, with hands to match. He died Thursday at the age of 65.

Charting the Seattle Seahawks in free agency - ESPN
Here is where things stand for the Seahawks eight days into free agency: Free agents lost: 6. Wide receiver Golden Tate (Detroit), defensive tackle C

Updated mock draft: 19th March | Seahawks Draft Blog
NFL Draft is 50 days from today. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2014 I'm feeling pretty confident the Seahawks are looking at receiver and

1. Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks
Earl Thomas (5’10”, 202 lbs, four seasons) comes in with a perfect 40 in coverage. His speed allows him to have ideal range when asked to cover tight ends or help in bracket coverage on a wide receiver. There’s no part of the field he can’t reach. And when the ball is in the air, he’s a consistent threat to go up and make a play on it.

Tate, Seahawks negotiations and the Percy precedent -
The long shadow cast by the $67 million deal Seattle gave to Percy Harvin last offseason was evident in the comments Golden Tate made this week to 'Bob and Groz', writes Danny O'Neil. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Seahawks superfan received gift of lifetime before heart gave out | Eatonville | The News Tribune
Two of the best moments in Adam Norton’s life happened the week the Seattle Seahawks made history. For a lifelong fan, nothing could top Super Bowl XLVIII.

Analyzing How Golden Tate's Loss Will Affect the Seattle Seahawks | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Who's this year's Michael Bennett? -
Michael Bennett used a one-year deal with the Seahawks in 2013 to earn a big payday in 2014. Who will do the same this year? The Around The League gang explores.

After Further Review: Packers are not getting prime Julius Peppers -
The Julius Peppers the Packers signed isn't the same one who was a freaky terror in Carolina. Video shows a much different player at age 34.j

Which player best fits where? -
With 47 of our 50 top free agents off the board, Around The League takes a look at where some of the top remaining (and soon-to-be) free agents might land on the open market.

John Idzik: New York Jets could trade for CB help -
New York Jets general manager John Idzik told reporters on Thursday that the team could seek out a trade to acquire the cornerback they've been unable to land in free agency this month.

2014 Pro Days: Notre Dame's Nix, Martin take care of business -
With all 32 NFL teams represented, including head coaches Gus Bradley (Jaguars) and Mike Tomlin (Steelers), NT Louis Nix, OL Zach Martin and 14 other former Irish players participated on Thursday at Notre Dame's pro day in South Bend

2014 Pro Days: Notre Dame's Nix, Martin take care of business -
With all 32 NFL teams represented, including head coaches Gus Bradley (Jaguars) and Mike Tomlin (Steelers), NT Louis Nix, OL Zach Martin and 14 other former Irish players participated on Thursday at Notre Dame's pro day in South Bend

Antonio Cromartie, Arizona Cardinals strike 1-year deal -
Antonio Cromartie and the Arizona Cardinals have agreed on a one-year deal, the team confirmed Thursday. This marks the second time a member of the Cromartie family has played for the Cardinals.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Blake Bortles still on top after Pro Day -
The latest 2014 NFL Mock Draft from Will Brinson has Blake Bortles sticking up top after his pro day.

Raiders' Tarell Brown: 49ers deal was 'slap in the face' -
Tarell Brown signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders after turning down a contract offer to stay in San Francisco. The cornerback called the 49ers' offer a "slap in the face."

Michigan's Taylor Lewan to be charged with three misdemeanors -
The projected first round pick has already been red-flagged for his overaggressive demeanor on and off the field and these charges won't help convince NFL teams that he is worth a top-15 pick

Michael Sam, Kony Ealy improve 40 times at Missouri pro day -
Missouri pass rushers Kony Ealy and Michael Sam, the 2013 co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year, were the main attractions Thursday at a crowded pro day workout.

Boom or bust: A look at draft probabilities | National Football Post
What are your picks' chances for success?

Former Bucs GM Mark Dominik joins ESPN as analyst -
Mark Dominik has a new job where he gets to talk about football.

Eric Ebron hasn’t quite put it all together yet, but he’s close | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
His smile was abruptly neutralized. His eyebrows suddenly stopped jumping above his eyes. He leaned in, expressionless, and listened to the words as they shot out of the reporter’s mouth as fast as he could run the 40-yard dash . . . How much do teams ask you about your blocking skills?

Why Alterraun Verner will shine in Lovie Smith’s defense | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
He was a sophomore at UCLA. Playing in off-man coverage against a stacked twin set, he backpedaled on the balls of his feet, squared his hips, and drove on the throw to the receiver running a quick out. He intercepted California’s quarterback, Nathan Longshore, and took it 76 yards to the house. That was the one of the first times in college that Alterraun Verner’s feet took him to the ball for an interception. They never stopped after that.

2014 Pro Days: Fales, Jones turn heads at San Jose State workout -
While most of the attention on a busy Wednesday of Pro Day workouts centered on Blake Bortles at Central Florida, David Fales rewarded scouts with an impressive passing session out west. As far as Fales could heave the ball, however, he couldn't out-throw speedy receiver Chandler Jones, who twice was clocked at sub 4.4.

2014 Pro Days: Reilly, Murphy stand out at Utah workout -
Versatile defender Trevor Reilly proved his health and tight end Jake Murphy showed off his hands during Utah's Pro Day workout Wednesday, an audition watched by representatives of 20 NFL teams.

2014 NFL season win total adjustments | National Football Post
Two weeks after hitting the board, nine offerings have moved by a half game.

2014 Pro Days: Baylor's Seastrunk improves combine times -
With 36 NFL scouts in attendance, over a dozen prospects worked out on Wednesday at Baylor's pro day and several, including RB Lache Seastrunk, improved on their NFL Combine numbers

Eric Winston, new NFLPA president, is ready to play hardball with NFL | The MMQB with Peter King
Former Texans, Chiefs and Cardinals offensive lineman Eric Winston, the newly elected president of the NFLPA, sat down with The MMQB on Wednesday at the Orlando Waldorf, where the union met to elect new leadership, discuss and adopt various resolutions, and educate new player reps about the orga...

A closer look at running back aging patterns Part II —
Two years ago, I wrote this post on running back aging curves. One conclusion from my research was that age 26 was the peak age for running backs, which was immediately followed by a steady decline phase until retirement. In that study, I only wanted to look at very good-to-excellent running backs in the modern era; as a result, I was forced to limit myself to just 36 players. I’ve been meaning to update that post, but wasn’t quite sure what methodology to use.

An Insider's Guide to Scouting Quarterbacks | Bleacher Report
I started my scouting career in 1981 working part time for the Buffalo Bills. In the 33 years since, I have found that evaluating quarterbacks can be one of the most difficult jobs a scout can do. With there being varied opinion on the top quarterbacks in this class, I thought that this was as good a time as ever to visit this topic.

Three pro football greats are glad to see the n-word go. | : Dan Pompei Article
Use of the n-word on an NFL field next season will result in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, as the league has concluded that it constitutes verbal abuse. Enforcing the existing rule that outlaws threatening, abusive language will be a point of emphasis next year.

Six Things Younger Fans Don’t Remember About Sports Media | The Tailgater
Coffee tasted nasty and beer wasn’t much better.

Pierre Desir could be Lindenwood’s first-ever draft pick -
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2014 Pro Days: Combine-snub Ben Gardner surprise star at Stanford -
All 32 NFL teams were represented in Palo Alto Thursday to see arguably the most talented class in Stanford history work out. No one performed better on the big stage than the 6-4, 262 pound Gardner, though several others stood out.