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2015's top 25 NFL free agents: Cowboys in pinch, Suh aims high | Sporting News

DeAndre Hopkins Led In Percentage of Team Receiving Yards
The Houston Texans finished 31st in pass attempts in 2014, ahead of only the Seattle Seahawks. The Texans were not exactly the beneficiaries of stellar quarterback play, either: Ryan Fitzpatrick handled 64% of the team’s pass attempts, with Case Keenum, Ryan Mallett, and Tom Savage taking the rest.

Norfolk State's Lynden Trail is the NFL draft's biggest mystery | The MMQB with Peter King
INDIANAPOLIS — At the combine, Lynden Trail faced the usual questions about character, love of football and what move he would use when a left tackle’s first step is so quick that it cuts off an inside rush.

Report: Dolphins attempting to trade Mike Wallace -
They could find some difficult due to his exorbitant salary.

Draft War Room: Seattle Seahawks - NFL Videos
NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah, Charles Davis and Curtis Conway take a look at the Seattle Seahawks current needs and discuss which prospects the team might target in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Will Seahawks target Byron Maxwell's replacement in draft? -
One of the Seattle Seahawks' biggest free agents this offseason will be Byron Maxwell, which has NFL Media experts speculating that the team could target his replacement very early in the draft.

Futures: Kentucky Edge Men Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Football is simple. It’s a game of running, hitting, throwing, and catching.

5 college reunions that could happen in the NFL Draft | National Football Post

Report: Justin Forsett on Atlanta Falcons' radar -
Justin Forsett is reportedly on the Atlanta's radar as a good fit for Kyle Shanahan's offense. Will the Falcons drive up the price on the Ravens next month?

Schefter confirms rumor of Dez Bryant video | ProFootballTalk
In November, I caught wind of a potential situation involving Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant.  There were whispers of a video showing Bryant doing something he shouldn't have been doing.

Offseason Forecast: St. Louis Rams -
The St. Louis Rams' front office must fix an offense that ranked near the bottom of the league last season. Could a healthy Sam Bradford help get the team heading in the right direction in 2015?

Jean Francois to visit Seattle, too | ProFootballTalk
Cut recently by the Colts, defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois is taking full advantage of his head start on the free-agency market. Per a league source, the Jean Francois tour will include a visit with the Seahawks.

On the bubble: 28 NFC players who could be cut -
Trent Cole and Greg Jennings might be on the outs in the best interest of the Eagles' and Vikings' salary caps. Who else could be cut loose in the NFC? Chris Wesseling takes a closer look.

Reggie Bush released by Detroit Lions -
Less than two years since leading Detroit's offense with a career-high 1,512 yards from scrimmage, Reggie Bush is no longer a Lion. What's next for the versatile veteran tailback?

Marcus Mariota goes to St. Louis Rams in latest mock draft -
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah released the third edition of his mock draft on Wednesday, with the benefit of information gathered from the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Here are five interesting changes from Jeremiah's previous mock:

On-the-mend Jordan Hill has those ‘what-if’ thoughts to motivate him
Jordan Hill was a pass-rushing force for the Seahawks in their six-game winning streak to close the regular season. But he injured a leg in the finale that prevented him from playing in the postseason.

Post combine mock draft: 24th February | Seahawks Draft Blog
For further thoughts on the Seahawks pick, scroll to the bottom of the piece. This includes opinions on what Seattle might do in rounds 2-4.

Does Seahawks’ ill-fated Super Bowl pass help Marshawn Lynch in contract talks? - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks are still waiting to hear from Marshawn Lynch whether he wants to return for another year or three. The star running back reportedly is mulling retirement, and if he decides to keep playing appears dead-set on earning more money than he is scheduled to receive in 2015, the final year of his current four-year contract.

10 Signature Victories in Seattle Seahawks History | Bleacher Report
Though they've been in the league less than 40 years, the Seattle Seahawks have made numerous NFL memories while hovering around the career .500 mark.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll to get honorary degree from University of Southern California - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is going back to Southern California to pick up an honorary degree.

Report: John Idzik expected to take job in Jacksonville | ProFootballTalk
Players cut by their former teams aren't the only people looking for jobs right now. There are also front office executives looking for new offices to call their own after things went the wrong way for them in their last jobs.

The Awesome That Was: What's next for once-spectacular Reggie Bush? -
His high-school runs were the stuff of legend, and he left USC as the draft's most-hyped player. But Reggie Bush's NFL career has been good, not great.

Willie Creear jumps to record vertical at NFL Regional Combine -
The crazy jumping ability of top prospects was not limited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, as Willie Creear posted a record vertical of 47 inches at the Denver Regional Combine.

Doctor says no reason Earl Thomas can’t make it back for start of 2015 season | The Seattle Times
An orthopedic surgeon says there's no reason Seattle safety Earl Thomas won't be back for the start of the 2015 season after having shoulder surgery today.

Who do post-Combine mock drafts have the Seahawks selecting? | The Seattle Times
Here's a roundup of where some of the more noteworthy mock drafts have the Seahawks taking now that the NFL Combine has finished.

Fantasy football -- Undervalued, overvalued WRs of the 2015 NFL draft class - Fantasy Football - ESPN
With the NFL combine in our rearview mirror, it's time to try to make sense of the results. For most, the 40-yard dash is the main attraction, but what about the other drills? Let's dig into the data to see if we can uncover any undervalued players from the wide receiver group, or identify any red flags among the top prospects.

Free-agent buzz: Broncos want Peyton pay cut; Jags, Raiders will spend -
Which teams will be players in the Ndamukong Suh derby? Will Peyton take a pay cut? Who's set to get paid? Here's some early best guesses.

How Madden Ratings Are Made | FiveThirtyEight
FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver's newly launched website at ESPN, uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, science, economics, lifestyle, and sports.

Seahawks' Pete Carroll will receive honorary degree from USC | theScore

Seahawks' pre-draft positions of need: Linebacker - Danny, Dave and Moore | 710 ESPN Seattle
Continuing our look at positions the Seahawks figure to address in the draft with linebacker, which isn't so much an immediate need but an area that Seattle could add to nonetheless. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

2015 NFL draft: Value of Shaq Thompson lies in versatility - NFL -
As the latest NFL combine unfolded on Speculation Island, college quarterbacks showed off their coverage skills, wide receivers ran through tight end drills and offensive linemen described themselves as “versatile” so often it seemed like they were competing to see who could play the most positions. Then there was Shaq Thompson.

Combine star Ali Marpet wants to be picked by New York Giants -
Division III offensive lineman Ali Marpet, who had a strong NFL Scouting Combine, said he wouldn't mind playing for the New York Giants - - the team he cheered for while he was growing up.

2015 NFL Mock Drafts : Mock draft 3.0: Rams move on at QB

Marcus Mariota = Ryan Tannehill? My prospect/pro comparisons -
Marcus Mariota is a natural athlete with a quiet personality and an unrefined skill set. Sounds like ... Ryan Tannehill! Daniel Jeremiah provides NFL counterparts for five notable draft prospects.

2015 NFL Scouting Combine Awards beat writer Joe Fann was in Indianapolis and has named his winners of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine.

Storytelling in sports: how mic’ing up football players brings a human element to sports broadcasts | Storybench