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Here we go again | National Football Post
Quarterback fever is in full effect as we approach the Combine.

2015 NFL Combine Musings | National Football Post
What players really think and more.

NFL Mock Draft No. 2: Jameis Winston vaults Marcus Mariota into top spot -
In Pat Kirwan's second Mock Draft, the Bucs go with Jameis Winston over Marcus Mariota at No. 1 overall. The rest of the draft has a distinctive defensive flavor.

Kanye West compares Beyonce Grammy loss to Seahawks' final play -
What do Beyonce and Marshawn Lynch have in common? Kanye West kind of has that answer.

Where Patriots dynasty ranks among NFL's most dominant franchises -
Lombardi's Packers. Noll's Steelers. Montana's 49ers. The '90s Cowboys. Where do the Belichick-Brady Patriots rank among the NFL's dominant teams? You may be surprised.

Steve Young: 49ers have Super Bowl roster, not sure about the coaches | ProFootballTalk
Steve Young was the quarterback the last time the 49ers won the Super Bowl. He thinks the players are in place for the 49ers to win another Super Bowl. As for the coaches? Well, Young isn't sure about that.

Michael Bidwill on Larry Fitzgerald: “It takes two” to do a deal | ProFootballTalk
“Well, I think, immediately, we’ve got to address Larry Fitzgerald’s contract,” Bidwill said. “We’ve talked about that. We’ve been working hard on trying to make sure that he’s got a contract that compensates him appropriately. I think Steve [Keim] and his group have been doing a great job, [including director of football administration] Mike Disner. But, it takes two to come to an agreement. So, I think that’s the first order of business. We’ve got free agency coming up around the corner. Prior to that is the Scouting Combine, as you know, in Indianapolis next week, so a lot of work is going to get done there as we prepare for the draft, but then free agency and then the draft.

Nick Fairley in court for DUI, reckless driving trial | ProFootballTalk
Soon-to-be free agent defensive tackle Nick Fairley is in court in Mobile, Alabama, today as his trial for driving under the influence and reckless driving gets underway. The trial stems from a 2012 arrest when police pulled Fairley over on Interstate-10.

Jerry Hughes “absolutely” wants to return to Buffalo, “mixed emotions” about franchise tag | ProFootballTalk
After three years with the Colts, it didn't look like Jerry Hughes was going to make good on the pass rushing potential that made him their first-round pick in 2010. A change of scenery made all the difference.

Brandon Marshall understands Bears may decide to move on without him | ProFootballTalk
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall feels like he and the Bears are on the same page when it comes to wanting to win in 2015 and he "definitely" loves playing for the team, but that's not enough for him to feel assured of a spot on Chicago's roster in 2015.

Bidwill: Cards to extend Arians, Keim in near future -
After watching Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and GM Steve Keim build Arizona into a playoff squad, team president Michael Bidwill said Wednesday that he plans to extend both their contracts.

Jets have big decision to make on Percy Harvin -
The New York Jets need playmakers, so it makes sense to keep Percy Harvin in the building. Or does it? Dan Hanzus examines whether the Jets will retain Harvin or go in another direction at wideout.

Jeff Garcia to interview for Rams' QB coach position -
Albert Breer reported Wednesday that former Niners, Eagles and Bucs signal-caller Jeff Garcia will interview Thursday for the St. Louis Rams' vacant quarterback coach position.

Ranking Seattle’s free agents: Whom the Seahawks should keep or let go this offseason - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The offseason is a busy time for NFL general managers — Seattle’s John Schneider had little time to catch his breath between Super Bowl XLIX and the process of building the 2015 Seahawks. In fact, Schneider and his staff have already been working on their offseason priorities for months.

Seahawks GM John Schneider: CB Byron Maxwell ‘very highly sought after’ - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seahawks general manager John Schneider said he expected cornerback Byron Maxwell to generate a lot of interest this offseason and that he wasn’t sure the Hawks would be able to put together an offer that would keep Maxwell in Seattle.

Seahawks GM John Schneider addresses Byron Maxwell's free agency and more on Sports Radio KJR | - Seattle Sidelines
Seahawks general manager John Schneider continues to do the rounds on sports radio, appearing on Sports Radio 950 KJR Wednesday a day after appearing ...

Schneider: Seahawks still uncertain if Lynch wants to play | - Sports
RENTON — The Seattle Seahawks want running back Marshawn Lynch to be a part of their future — they even acknowledge a new contract will...

GM Schneider says Seahawks, Russell Wilson thinking “outside the box” on new contract | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

Lynch mulling retirement? “Hometown discount” for Wilson? As usual, nothing’s routine with Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Would Marshawn Lynch really retire at age 29 rather than take a raise on a new Seahawks contract?

Seahawks GM John Schneider discuss Lynch, Super Bowl, Maxwell free agency | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seahawks general manager John Schneider spoke with Mitch Levy on Sports Radio 950 KJR this morning. The (mostly) full transcript of what Schneider said is below, but here are a couple highlights: — Schneider said the Patriots “exploited” some matchups in the Seahawks’ secondary after losing cornerback Jeremy Lane to injury. —As far as a hometown discount...

A few more thoughts on Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson and the future | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seattle general manager John Schneider certainly livened up an otherwise slow sports day with his comments this morning about Marshawn Lynch and that the team still doesn't know if he plans to play next season. Along with the earlier blog post, I also wrote this story for the Wednesday paper wrapping up what he said,...

John Schneider expects Seahawks to have 10 draft picks - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
General manager John Schneider told 710 ESPN Seattle's 'Brock and Salk' on Tuesday that he thinks the Seahawks will have 10 selections in April's draft. That figure, and where Seattle's picks fall in the draft order, depends on two things that are yet to be determined. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

A look at the Seattle Seahawks' free agents - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Fifteen players who were on the 46-man active roster for the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX now are unrestricted free agents. Here’s the list:

Seahawks’ Paul Richardson may not be ready for start of 2015 season - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News

10 reasons the Seattle Seahawks should sign Ndamukong Suh |
Why should the Seattle Seahawks bring Ndamukong Suh back to the Pacific Northwest? Here's a look at some of the best arguments for signing him.

Seahawks looking outside box on Russell Wilson's deal -
General manager John Schneider is emphasizing an "outside the box" approach to Russell Wilson's contract extension. Can the Seahawks afford both Wilson and Marshawn Lynch in 2015?

Russell Wilson contract could be creative, says Seahawks GM - Business Insider
For the last three years the Seattle Seahawks had Russell Wilson on a rookie contract, which allowed them to spend money on other areas of the roster.

Count Richard Sherman as one who approves of Kris Richard as Seahawks' defensive coordinator
Last month, Richard Sherman wondered why his position coach wasn't receiving more attention for open defensive coordinator jobs around the NFL.

Drafting Seahawks: Could Seattle solve the DGB problem? - Seattle Seahawks - NFL News - Pro Football Spot - Forums
Despite success over the past couple of years, the Seattle offense still lacks what most consider a 'No.1 WR'. After the Superbowl loss, that talk intensified as the path to the draft begun in earnest.

The Paranoid Style in Sportswriting: Deflategate, Lynchghazi, and the Conspiracy Theories of Super Bowl XLIX «
After the Super Bowl, I got in my rental car and cruised metro Phoenix. I switched on the radio. I was looking for some basic “how could Pete Carroll have thrown it there?” talk to clear my head and — if we’re being honest — to make me feel better about the sentences I’d produced back in the press box.

Dave Boling: Seahawks staff losses notable, but not ruinous | Dave Boling | The News Tribune
Success makes staff attrition inevitable.

Thoughts on Devin Funchess, Mel Kiper’s latest mock & more | Seahawks Draft Blog
Devin Funchess is a tough player to work out. He has great size and knows how to get open. At times he flashes good catching technique and he can box off defenders to make plays downfield and in the red zone. But there’s just something about him that makes you want to hold back.

Additional Thoughts on Turnover Rates
On Sunday, I looked at turnover rates for every year in the NFL since the merger. Today, I want to re-examine turnover data but in a different light. In 2014, the average team committed 23.7 turnovers. As you might suspect, there’s a strong relationship between turnovers and winning percentage, with a correlation coefficient of -0.56. This says nothing about causation, of course, and the causal arrow does in fact run in both directions (committed fewer turnovers leads to more wins, and winning in games leads to fewer turnovers).

New York Jets offseason preview: Wide receivers - ESPN New York
Money matters: The big decision involves Harvin, who has four years, $41.5 million remaining on the contract inherited from the Seattle Seahawks -- none of it guaranteed. The Jets must make the call by March 19. If he's still on the roster, they owe the Seahawks a fourth-round pick, completing the trade from last October. If they cut him before the 19th, it's a sixth-rounder. His entire cap charge comes off the books if they cut bait. Clearly, Harvin isn't a $10 million a year receiver, but he has talent. Are the Jets willing to overpay out of desperation? Not likely. We know Decker isn't going anywhere; his entire base salary ($5 million is guaranteed). Kerley's entire base salary ($2 million) becomes fully guaranteed on March 14.

Former Seahawks QB Jon Kitna Lists Lakewood Home For $3.5M - Celebrity Real Estate - Curbed Seattle
Looking through the listing photos for this 6-BR Lakewood home that recently listed for $3.5M, it appeared that the owners were very big fans of Jon Kitna since they had...

Former USC, Berkeley Prep star Agholor has sights on NFL | and The Tampa Tribune
Receiver Nelson Agholor is forgoing his senior year with the Trojans to be eligible for the NFL draft. He is projected to be a second-round draft pick, though it's possible he will be taken in the first round.

NFL first-round prospect Shaq Thompson's failed baseball career | The MMQB with Peter King
CARLSBAD, Calif. — Growing up in Del Paso Heights, a hardscrabble neighborhood in northern Sacramento, you develop an aptitude for sniffing out phonies. So imagine 17-year-old football prodigy Shaq Thompson’s skepticism the first time a professional team reached out.