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William & Mary’s Tre McBride definitely one to watch | Seahawks Draft Blog
So far the 2015 class of receivers have carried a similar theme. Outside of the top three (with Amari Cooper looking like the most natural wide out to enter the league since A.J. Green), nearly every prospect has a pretty obvious flaw. Here are some examples:

2015 NFL Draft: Washington CB Marcus Peters aims to lower red flags -
Former University of Washington cornerback Marcus Peters appears to have every trait of a top-10 pick. His dismissal from the program Nov. 6 after multiple run-ins with the coaching staff will make his efforts at the 2015 scouting combine critical to his final draft status. In a frank conversation, Peters shares what happened and why the NFL should believe that he's a changed man.

How will Jim Tomsula's reign as 49ers head coach stack up against history? |
When the league-wide gathering that is the NFL scouting combine convenes next week in Indianapolis, the league’s seven new head coaches and their staffs will be fully on display for the first time and commencing the work they were hired to do. It’s a small but important step that begins the determination of next season’s Super Bowl champion.

2014 Fumble Recovery Data
There are few statistics more random in all of sports than fumble recoveries. When a football is on the ground, it’s not the case that better teams are more likely to fall on the ball than bad teams: in the NFL, recovering fumbles is nearly all luck and little skill. This is a fact widely accepted by all statisticians, and I also ran a study which confirmed such intuition just last year.

The most interesting players to watch at the NFL Combine | National Football Post
These impending draftees will be worth monitoring.

2015 NFL Draft: Winston, Peters among those in red flag rundown -
Scouts turn private investigators every year in an effort to flip every stone from a prospect's past and build an accurate picture of a player's makeup. These are the most notable red flagged prospects in the 2015 draft.

2015 NFL Combine: Position-by-position daily schedule -
With roughly 330 prospects and hundreds more NFL personnel and members of the media walking through Lucas Oil Field for 2015 Scouting Combine, the schedule can get a little hectic. Here's a quick breakdown.

Rankings reactions after first mock draft -
Dave Richard's first mock draft resulted in some small changes in his 2015 rankings. We're a long way from the season starting, but his changes will help you form your strategies.

Jury finds Nick Fairley not guilty on DUI charges | ProFootballTalk
Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley doesn't have a contract at the moment, but a big impediment toward getting the next one was just removed. According to Jacqueline Quynh of, a jury just returned a not guilty verdict in Fairley's 2012 DUI case.

Jerry Hughes is ready to prove he can thrive without rest of Bills’ line | ProFootballTalk
Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes has racked up 10 sacks in each of his two seasons in Buffalo; he had five in three total NFL seasons before that. So with Hughes due to become a free agent and possibly planning to chase the dollars (and quarterbacks) elsewhere, I asked him to respond to those who...

Browns release Paul McQuistan | ProFootballTalk
The Browns released reserve offensive guard Paul McQuistan on Friday, per the NFL's personnel notice. The 31-year-old McQuistan appeared in 14 games in 2014, starting once. He played 121 snaps, per Pro Football Focus. McQuistan has played in 97 career regular-season games, making 53 starts.

Cap cuts could infuse receiver market with star power -
Will Larry Fitzgerald remain with the Arizona Cardinals for 2015? Chris Wesseling discusses Fitzgerald's future and the influx of veterans potentially entering the free-agent market.

Six free-agent fits that make sense -
Could Julius Thomas land in Oakland? Is Mark Sanchez Buffalo-bound? A reunion between Rex Ryan and his former QB and Thomas' leap to an AFC rival are among our six fits that make sense.

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals begin talks on future -
The Arizona Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald's agent have begun talks with the hope of keeping the star wide receiver in the desert for the remainder of his career.

Jim Harbaugh: 'I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me' -
Jim Harbaugh told a Bay Area reporter this week that his divorce from the 49ers wasn't as mutual as the team has presented it. "I didn't leave the 49ers, I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me."

Champions Reloaded – Seattle Seahawks Offseason Shopping List - Oregon Sports News
A loss in the Super Bowl does not mean it’s time to panic or re-assess everything.

Pro Football Talk notes Lynch would owe Seahawks money if he retires | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has some additional thoughts on the Marshawn Lynch situation this morning. And one thing he notes is that Lynch would have to write a check to the Seahawks for $1.5 million if he were to retire. That would be to cover the pro-rated share of Lynch's $6 million bonus for...

If Seahawks shop for cornerbacks, Walter Thurmond could be a bargain - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
With the Seahawks possibly losing Byron Maxwell in free agency and likely needing to replenish their cornerback depth, Walter Thurmond is one name to keep in mind. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

XLIX reasons to rejoice in the Seahawks 2014 season
After all the good things the Seahawks did in 2014, the play that won’t go away is the goal-line interception with 20 seconds left in Super Bowl XLIX. But coach Pete Carroll says, "That moment isn’t going to define this team."

Seahawks' Kam Chancellor returns the love to Detroit Lions' Glover Quin |
Chancellor, like so many others, really didn't know much about Quin's game. And he, like so many others, had an instant appreciation for Quin's game once he popped in some tape.

Marshawn Lynch of Seattle Seahawks weighing retirement, former Seahawk says - ESPN
Former Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson spoke with Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and confirmed that Lynch isn't sure whether he wants to continue playing.

A couple of moves involving ex-Seahawks | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The NFL transactions for Friday are out, and there are none involving the Seahawks. However, there are two involving former Seahawks as the Atlanta Falcons have signed linebacker Allen Bradford while the Cleveland Browns have released offensive lineman Paul McQuistan. Bradford played one game this season for Seattle — at Kansas City, the last of the...

Erik Kennedy and his Seahawks staff are equipped for anything that comes their way
Behind the scenes: Most of the players might have vacated the Seahawks’ locker room for the offseason, but that just allowed Erik Kennedy and his equipment staff to take over and get everything ready for their return.

Seahawks will have NFL’s fourth-toughest 2015 schedule - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
If the Seattle Seahawks are to make their third-straight trip to the Super Bowl, they’ll do it the hard way. The Hawks will face the NFL’s fourth-toughest schedule in 2015, including nine games against 2014 playoff squads.

Seattle Seahawks need to heal mentally and physically - ESPN
Time to heal.

2015 NFL Combine: Prospects with the most to gain or lose -
When high school students apply to college, they rely on their grade point average and extracurricular activities, but that's not quite enough. Admissions departments need SAT and ACT scores, or in other words, they want to know how students test. High school transcripts and grades aren't on the same level around the country with different curriculum in different parts of the country. But standardized testing puts all students on a level playing field.

Jim Harbaugh says he didn't leave the 49ers by choice -
Jim Harbaugh's divorce from the San Francisco 49ers wasn't a mutual parting like the team insisted, according to the man himself.

Kawakami: Jim Harbaugh interview transcript from "The TK Show" digital broadcast: "I didn't leave the 49ers; I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me"
Had a great talk with Jim Harbaugh for the kick-off of my digital broadcast on the Mercury News website. I would recommend you listen to this one in its entirety.

Jim Harbaugh: ‘I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me.’ | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
"I was told I wouldn't be the coach anymore," Harbaugh told the Mercury News' Tim Kawakami in a half-hour podcast today. "... That's the truth of it -- I didn't leave the 49ers. I felt like the 49er hierarchy left me."

Ty Montgomery
Ty Montgomery is a physically gifted wide receiver whom was reported to stand 6′-2″and weigh 216lbs with a near 4.42 40 yard dash time. An accomplished kick returner and stand out wide receiver at Stanford University there is a lot to like about this prospect. Yet it wasn’t up until the recent Senior Bowl though that a lot of us got clarity on his official size. While yes, Ty did measure in at the 216lbs that was listed on his Stanford University website bio, his height came up a bit short. His official measurement came in well below expectation as it was not the 6′-2″ most of us had assumed but 5′-11 3/4″.

2015 NFL Draft: Matt Miller's Pre-Combine Scouting Notebook | Bleacher Report
While you're reading this article, I'm packing my bags for the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where I'll be covering the event for the fourth year...