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Hump day!

2015 NFL Scouting Combine: Six running backs under scrutiny -
Melvin Gordon could solidify himself as the No. 1 running back in the draft with a solid showing at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, and is among six RBs who will face scrutiny at the event.

How to Survive the NFL Combine | The Players' Tribune
ith the NFL Scouting Combine coming up next week in Indianapolis, we’re preparing for weeks of 40-yard-dash clips and endless hype. So we wanted to know what it’s like to go through the stressful process first-hand — not as a glory-boy wide receiver, but as a grunt. We asked Geoff Schwartz, New York Giants offensive guard and former seventh-round pick from the University of Oregon, to write up a helpful guide. Take it away, Geoff.

Four days in Phoenix with a top Super Bowl ticket broker | The MMQB with Peter King
The MMQB spent four frantic days—and a few sleepless nights—with a top broker as he worked the wildest and most lucrative Super Bowl ticket market ever By Robert Klemko · More from Robert·

From Dez Bryant to Mike Wallace, WRs bring most intrigue to free agency |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Four Downs: AFC East
Football Outsiders is the internet home for Innovative Statistics and Intelligent Analysis of professional and college football. Our writers, lead by Aaron Schatz, also write Pro Football Prospectus.

Missouri governor pushing to keep Rams in St. Louis -
Missouri governor Jay Nixon took the first step Tuesday to keep football in St. Louis by announcing plans for a riverfront stadium to replace the Edward Jones Dome.

An Agent's Take: Major salary cap or contract question for every AFC team -
NFL teams have less than a month to get under the salary cap for the 2015 season. Here's the biggest question each AFC team is facing.

DeMarco Murray or Dez Bryant? GMs, film reveal who Cowboys should keep -
The Cowboys can't likely keep Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray, so who stays? NFL execs offer split views, but film and position value make the choice clear.

Analyzing Top Cap Charges for Super Bowl Champs - Over the Cap
This will be much like Jason’s Super Bowl series as I think that it created a whole new set of questions and analysis for it. When I look at the top cap charges of teams, I think of the main positions where spending should be in this era of football: quarterback, the men who protect him, players who catch his footballs, those who rush him, and the players who defend against the quarterbacks pass. So teams should be spending money on their quarterback, offensive line, defensive linemen (usually defensive ends), outside linebackers and cornerbacks. From here on out, let’s refer to those as “pass game positions.”

Monte Kiffin won’t remain with Cowboys | ProFootballTalk
The Cowboys moved Monte Kiffin out of the defensive coordinator job last year and they're moving him out of the organization entirely this year. David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports that Kiffin's contract has expired and that he won't be re-signed for a third year with the team.

If Marshawn is walking away, Seahawks need a solid Plan B | ProFootballTalk
On Tuesday, Seahawks G.M. John Schneider confirmed what PFT has been hearing consistently since the Super Bowl ended -- it's not known whether running back Marshawn Lynch will return for another season. Schneider said the team hopes to have a decision soon, and for good reason.

Sherman: Kris Richard 'built the giant' 'Hawks are now -
A handful of Seattle Seahawks -- including shutdown cornerback Richard Sherman -- has given their tacit approval of new defensive coordinator Kris Richard, who was promoted from defensive backs coach.

2015 NFL Draft diaries 1.0: Tony Lippett -
Around The NFL's Conor Orr checks in with Michigan State standout Tony Lippett as he prepares for the 2015 NFL Draft. Lippett talks about his last slice of college life that he has left.

Calais Campbell recovering from sports hernia surgery -
Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell is recovering from sports hernia surgery. Will the first-time Pro Bowl selection be ready for offseason practices?

Demaryius Thomas, Broncos headed for franchise tag? -
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Broncos are set to use the franchise tag on Demaryius Thomas if necessary. Where does that leave Julius Thomas in the team's plans?

Explaining why Seattle only 17th in U.S. in Super Bowl TV ratings | Seahawks | The Seattle Times

Who is new Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher? - ESPN
A quick look at the resume of new Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher

Patriots’ Jonas Gray: Seahawks’ Super Bowl Interception Not A Bad Call | New England Patriots |
Jonas Gray wasn’t surprised one bit.

Seahawks fans duped by Super Bowl ticket scams urged to file complaint - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Washington state's top lawyer sought on Monday to bring some justice to any Seattle Seahawks fans who traveled all the way to Phoenix for the Super Bowl only to find they had spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on fake tickets. "Dealing with a heartbreaking Super Bowl loss is bad enough," Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement on Monday. The Seattle Seahawks fell 28-24 to the New England Patriots in the National Football League's championship game two Sundays ago, failing to advance the ball one yard in the final seconds of play. Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson's pass was intercepted in the final seconds of the game, leaving exasperated fans wondering why the team didn't simply hand the ball to powerhouse running back Marshawn Lynch to punch it into the end zone.

How the Seahawks should manage the Marshawn-Russell situation -
Seahawks GM John Schneider went on the radio and discussed Lynch and Wilson's contracts.

John Schneider of Seattle Seahawks talks Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson - ESPN
"Obviously we think he's a helluva player," Schneider said of Lynch on Tuesday on 710 ESPN Seattle radio. "We want to have him back. He knows that, and his representatives know that. He knows if he comes back he's not going to be playing at the same number he's scheduled to make.

Seahawks waiting on Lynch to decide his future -
General manager John Schneider said the Seahawks plan to re-do Marshawn Lynch's contract. That is if the running back doesn't retire. Schneider said he's unsure if Lynch will return for the 2015 season.

Seahawks G.M. hopes Marshawn makes up mind soon on 2015 | ProFootballTalk
It's too soon to say whether Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has played his last game. But Seahawks General Manager John Schneider hopes to find out soon.

NFL draft diary: Washington's Shaq Thompson was far more than LB
Huskies star did far more than play linebacker in college.

Seahawks' Richard Sherman opting not to have elbow surgery
"I'm really confident I will be fine," Sherman told USA TODAY Sports in a text message.

The Most Valuable Plays of the Super Bowl - Pats Pulpit
We all know the most valuable play in the Super Bowl was Malcolm Butler's interception- but what were the other top plays?

Ndamukong Suh: Seattle’s full-on aggressive off-season | Seahawks Draft Blog
According to this article by Omar Kelly, the Seahawks can look forward to $25m in free cap space this off-season. It’s certainly enough to do whatever they want with their current in-house crew. Russell Wilson will get a new deal. They can afford to give Marshawn Lynch a pay-rise. They can talk contract with Bobby Wagner and J.R. Sweezy. The cost to keep Byron Maxwell probably outweighs his actual value — but you can’t expect to keep everyone.