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What to expect in free agency | National Football Post

NFP Prospect Focus: Zach Zenner and DeAndre Smelter | National Football Post

Greatest RB of All Time: Wisdom of Crowds Edition
wo weeks ago, Adam Steele administer a Wisdom of Crowds edition of the GQBOAT debate. Today, Adam has offered to run the same experiment but for running backs.  And we again thank him for that.

Marcus Mariota's Play-Calling Inexperience a Major Negative, and He Knows It | Bleacher Report
For Marcus Mariota, the issue isn't really the arm. It might not be the frame. It probably isn't the legs and certainly isn't the brain. The issue isn't even really the option plays, the scrambling or the wide-open, freewheeling Oregon playbook itself.

Ben Obomanu says some Seattle players believe decision to throw was made to get Russell Wilson Super Bowl MVP | ProFootballTalk
“I’ve heard a couple people express that sentiment,” said Obomanu, who played for Seattle from 2008-12. “A couple players, current players, have expressed that sentiment and I can give them some leeway because I know it’s hard to process and when you take a step back and you take a couple weeks post-game, post the emotions running, you start trying to find questions to ask yourself and when you get back with your parents, your friends, your buddies, all these kind of ideas creeping in. I think though some guys have expressed that same concept of actually believing that the organization in some kind of way was trying to allow Russell Wilson to be the star.

San Diego mayor responds to potential Raiders, Chargers stadium in L.A. | ProFootballTalk
It's become evident that the Chargers are tiring of waiting for a new stadium in San Diego and are putting pressure on the city to get something done soon or risk losing the franchise.

Ryan Grigson: Colts alerted NFL before Patriots game -
General manager Ryan Grigson confirmed for the first time that the Colts alerted the NFL as to concerns over deflated Patriots footballs before the AFC title game. Does Grigson want the Pats punished?

21 takeaways from Thursday at the combine -
The NFL Scouting Combine helped 49ers coach Jim Tomsula and Browns general manager Ray Farmer alter perceptions on Thursday. Will Peyton remain a Bronco? Here's what we learned.

Jerry Hughes, Buffalo Bills contract talks heating up -
General manager Doug Whaley said Thursday that contract talks are heating up between the Bills and defensive end Jerry Hughes. Will Buffalo keep one of the top pass rushers off the market?

Larry Foote joining Cardinals' coaching staff -
Larry Foote is nearing the end of his professional career, but it isn't certain that he's going to hang up his cleats. In the meantime, he's making the moves necessary to join Arizona's coaching staff.

Looking at the Seahawks' draft needs: linebacker | - Seattle Sidelines
With the NFL Scouting Combine kicking off this week in Indianapolis, it’s time to take a look at the Seahawks’ roster and see where they might be looking to add talent.

Titans moving on in a present and to a future that don’t include Washington’s favorite, Jake Locker | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The coldest part of this frigid (zero degrees tonight before midnight) first day of the NFL scouting combine here in Indianapolis, from a personal and Washingtonian perspective, was the clarity that the Titans are indeed moving on without their former face of the franchise, revered Washington Huskies star Jake Locker.

Entire transcript of GM John Schneider today at NFL combine, including off-stage comments on Lane, Thomas surgeries | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Any more news on offseason surgeries? “Well, Earl (Thomas) is going to have his (shoulder) surgery coming up. That’s probably our biggest issue. But it’s a normal procedure, so he should do well.”

Seahawks’ Jeremy Lane also needs knee surgery | The Seattle Times
The backup cornerback, who suffered a broken arm and torn anterior cruciate knee ligament while returning an interception during the Super Bowl, could miss the start of the 2015 season....

Seahawks hope to resolve Marshawn Lynch situation sooner than later | The Seattle Times
GM John Schneider, speaking at the NFL combine, said the team has yet to hear from the running back about whether he plans to play in 2015....

Five things we learned at combine: San Francisco 49ers - ESPN
First-year San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula met with the media on Thursday at the NFL combine. Here’s what we learned:

Five things we learned at combine: Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
1. Lane needs more surgery: Along with the horrible arm fracture nickelback Jeremy Lane suffered after his interception in the Super Bowl, he also injured a knee and will need surgery that could cause him to miss the start of the 2015 season. Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider told reporters Thursday that Lane injured his knee on the same play.

Three more Seahawks takeaways from John Schneider at the combine - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
In addition to talking about running back Marshawn Lynch's still-uncertain future and revealing that nickelback Jeremy Lane will need knee surgery, Seahawks general manager John Schneider had some more noteworthy things to say when he spoke with reports at the scouting combine Thursday. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Georgia running back Todd Gurley: "I want to be the number one pick"
Georgia running back Todd Gurley is coming off a season-ending knee injury, but is still considered one of the top players at his position heading into May's NFL Draft.

Jets may try to get Percy Harvin to rework his contract | New York Post
The clock is ticking for the Jets to make a decision on whether to keep wide receiver Percy Harvin.

John Schneider: Seahawks still uncertain on Marshawn Lynch's future
Seattle general manager John Schneider shares thoughts on the future of running back Marshawn Lynch from the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine.

Seahawks GM Schneider: We'd like to get an answer from Lynch soon : Fantasy News
Although a report from former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson surfaced recently that running back Marshawn Lynch is considering retirement, general manager John Schneider told reporters during his Thursday combine press conference that he has not received any indications of Lynch hanging it up this offseason, though he noted that it wouldn't shock him.

Eight things we learned from Seahawks Executive VP/GM John Schneider at the 2015 NFL Combine
Key takeaways on the state of the franchise from Seattle Executive VP/General Manager John Schneider.

INDIANAPOLIS: Seahawks’ new co-priority while waiting for word from Marshawn Lynch: Replenish “Legion of Need” | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seahawks aren’t just sitting around the league’s scouting combine staring at their smartphones like teenagers, waiting for Marshawn Lynch to confirm he is returning next season.

NFL Combine 2015: Matt Bowen's Day 2 Notebook | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Julius Thomas rumours & live combine day two | Seahawks Draft Blog
I’ll update the blog as we go along. Today the offensive linemen and tight ends will do the bench press. The quarterbacks, running backs and receivers will be measured and interviewed by the media.

Melvin Gordon's NFL fits include Cardinals, Ravens, Cowboys -
Mirror image? Bucky Brooks sees a lot of Jamaal Charles in Melvin Gordon. Where might the Wisconsin running back end up in the 2015 NFL Draft? Here are five potential fits for the Heisman finalist.

Most important part of the combine, Jameis Winston meets with Harbaugh | The MMQB with Peter King
NDIANAPOLIS — The great irony of this combine spectacle—the live television coverage, the hundreds of reporters present—is that the most important part happens behind closed doors.