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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

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Not as many decisions to make on defense | CHAWK TALK: Everything being said about the Seahawks
We’ve already looked at what the Seahawks need to do on offense — from their shaky situation at wide receiver to an “out of the box” option for Russell Wilson’s contract to the need to determine the future of the unit this offseason.

Football Savages / NFL Draft Prototypes: Off-Ball Linebackers | Football Savages
Off-ball linebackers are only selected highly in the NFL Draft if they are a clearly supreme talent. What if that player could be built?

Football Savages / NFL Draft Prototypes: Off-Ball Linebackers | Football Savages
Off-ball linebackers are only selected highly in the NFL Draft if they are a clearly supreme talent. What if that player could be built?

Football Savages / 2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report - Jaelen Strong, WR Arizona State
2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report - Jaelen Strong, WR Arizona State

Andrew Brandt’s Business of Football: A dozen offseason predictions | The MMQB with Peter King
As we enter the official start of the NFL offseason—the longest offseason in all of pro sports—we move from “we time” to “me time.” The season is about sacrificing for the greater good, but the offseason is when players make decisions that are best for them and their actual family, rathe...

Changes in Green Bay - NFL Videos
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport discusses whether the Arizona Cardinals will be able to restructure the contract of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and what it will take to bring the veteran back in 2015.

Drafting Seahawks: In Donovan Smith, they'd unearth another gem - Seattle Seahawks - NFL News - Pro Football Spot - Forums
Russell Wilson is one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the NFL right now. He can use his legs to turn a disaster into a huge play through evading defenders and his great accuracy on the run. It was one of the reasons they managed to squeak out a win in the NFC Championship game.

Requiem for Percy: Parsing the Legacy of Harvin’s Eight Games, One Touchdown, and 460 Yards With the New York Jets «
Yesterday, ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini noted that New York Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin was “not likely” to return to the team. Two of our resident Jets fans — they exist! — got together to discuss this extremely important development.

Off-season Primer: NFC West |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

California WR Chris Harper snubbed for NFL combine ahead of 2015 draft | The MMQB with Peter King
California wide receiver Chris Harper declared early for the draft but was among a number of underclassmen not invited to the combine. What happens now? Plus, get to know an ex-Oregon QB not named Marcus Mariota

Antonio Brown led the NFL in Adjusted Catch Yards per Team Pass Attempt, Too
On Monday, I noted that Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown led the NFL in True Receiving Yards for the second straight season. He also, by the slimmest of margins, your leader in Adjusted Catch Yards per Attempt, too.

Redskins' RG3-Less Fan Letter May Spark New NFL 'Truth in Advertising' Trend | Bleacher Report
Season-ticket renewal letters are like love letters. It's what you don't say in them that reveals your true feelings.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2014 Football Outsiders Awards
Welcome to the results of the 12th annual Football Outsiders Awards -- the best and worst players of the year, as voted on by you, our readers. For those curious about the FO Award winners in past years, you will find links to each of the previous FO Awards articles on this page.

Cards prez on Fitzgerald: 'It takes two to come to an agreement' : Fantasy News

2015 NFL offseason: Five storylines you'll want to keep tabs on -
The NFL offseason isn't really an offseason.

Eagles' Brandon Graham will be popular in free agency -
Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham has been one of the NFL's most effective per-play pass rushers over the past three years. What is his asking price?

Robinson: No one knows exactly what Lynch's thinking -
Seattle wants Marshawn Lynch back, but the running back hasn't decided on his future. A former teammate of Lynch, NFL Media's Michael Robinson said he's unsure what Beast Mode is thinking.

Examining the free-agent class at quarterback -
Is your team one quarterback away from contention? Good for you! Here's the bad news, however: If they're using free agency to find that guy, you may be disappointed by the options.

Brandt: Breshad Perriman ascending as draft prospect -
UCF wide receiver Breshad Perriman has impressed NFL personnel men, and the son of former NFL receiver Brett Perriman could be a first-round pick, according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

Bill Belichick talks deflated footballs on Letterman -
Bill Belichick is on top of the world. On Wednesday, the New England Patriots coach was on the end of some hard-hitting questions from David Letterman.

John Schneider Prepares For A Critical Seattle Seahawks Offseason - Oregon Sports News
The NFL not only features the best action in-season, but their offseason is the best of the major sports as well. There is such little player movement during the regular season that all the action is forced to happen during this window of time. The salary cap forces priorities to be clear. It is a system that has a gravitational pull toward 8-8 for every team. Those who managed to reach escape velocity one year can find themselves dragged right back down the next. In order for Seattle to maintain their orbit high above the rest of the league, they have to know which parts are most likely to malfunction and set out to either replace or augment them aggressively.

A few thoughts on Seattle's 2015 schedule | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
This story from that rated the strength of schedules for NFL teams in 2015 has been making the rounds the last few days. And as you can see, it has Seattle pegged as facing one of the meatier schedules in the NFL, with a combined opponent record of 142-112-2 in 2014, 55.9 percent. That's similar...

On this date: Joey Galloway traded for picks that become Shaun Alexander and Koren Robinson
A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 12

Breshad Perriman: Athletic, but can you trust him? | Seahawks Draft Blog
The current flavor of the month prospect is UCF’s Breshad Perriman. Mel Kiper had him going 15th overall to the 49ers in his latest mock draft, stating:

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

How should the Jets handle the Percy Harvin situation? -
New York reportedly has until March 19 to decide whether to keep the mercurial wide receiver.

Reviewing Seattle's draft positions | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
There have been a couple of interesting revelations about Seattle's 2015 draft in the past few days that are worth reviewing. First is that general manager John Schneider says he expects the Seahawks to have 10 draft picks in 2015 That's not surprising, but hearing it from him clears up at least clarifies for now that...

Seahawks CB Byron Maxwell May Test Free Agency « CBS Seattle
In 12 games in 2014, Maxwell had 45 tackles and five assists, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Can free-agent spending buy a title? - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
With NFL free agency beginning March 10, ESPN Stats & Information will examine some of the biggest stories surrounding the 2015 free-agent class.

After Super Bowl breakout, how much is Chris Matthews an option at wide receiver in 2015? | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

Early look at the top free agents for 2015 - ESPN

The NFL free-agent market will open next month, ushering in the league's annually illogical frenzy for players deemed expendable by their incumbent teams. At the moment, of course, we can only guess at the details. Who will be available? How much cap space will teams have? Which owners with authorize significant spending?