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Happy Weekend!

Combine Time | National Football Post
It's an exciting time of year for just about everyone involved in football.

2015 NFL Draft: Don't expect immediate results from pass rushers -
As many as six players, led by Randy Gregory, might be selected in the first round of this year's draft. But how many will make an immediate impact?

Franchise tag an increasingly expensive proposition in the NFL -
NFL teams have discovered that a franchise tag is a tool to be used more and more as a last resort. Could be only four tags applied this offseason.

Jerry Rice admitted to cheating just days before calling Pats cheaters -
Five days before calling the Patriots cheaters, Jerry Rice admitted to some cheating himself.

Eagles may have interest in Jake Locker | ProFootballTalk
After four mostly disappointing and injury-prone seasons in Tennessee, Jake Locker is a free agent who will have to find work elsewhere. Philadelphia could be the spot. At least, it will be according to a player agent who told NJ.

Pete Carroll admits he cried after Super Bowl loss -
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll admitted Thursday on NBC's "TODAY" show that he broke down crying in bed on Tuesday morning in the wake of the team's 28-24 Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.

NFL Offseason Forecast: What's next for all 32 teams -
With the offseason officially underway, Around The NFL will examine what's next for all 32 teams. Catch all of the team's Offseason Forecasts here.

Offseason Forecast: Green Bay Packers -
After a difficult loss in the NFC title game, Green Bay will need to make some big decisions in 2015, including whether to retain Randall Cobb. Conor Orr examines the Packers' future.

Seahawks championship merch will go to good use -
Thousands of caps, T-shirts and sweatshirts were made to celebrate the Seahawks' second straight Super Bowl title. The gear never saw shelves, but the clothing will still go to good use.

Report: Seattle Seahawks choose Kris Richard as new defensive coordinator - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News

Could Suh be an option for Seattle? | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
While we wait to see if there is any firm news coming from the Seahawks today on naming Kris Richard as defensive coordinator, there’s an intriguing off-season what-if? making the rounds involving Seattle and Detroit defensive lineman Ndamkong Suh.

St. Louis Rams Admit Failure by Settling for Frank Cignetti as OC | Bleacher Report
The grab bag of life situations that resemble what's happening with the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator position is brimming with your standard tales of rejection, then shame.

Huard's Chalk Talk: How Browner, Butler foiled Seahawks' final play - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Brock Huard breaks down the decisive play of the Super Bowl, a second-and-goal pass from the 1-yard line that was intended for Ricardo Lockette but intercepted by New England's Malcolm Butler. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

How Do NFL Teams Really Cheat? | Bleacher Report
Everyone in the NFL cheats.

Ken Norton, Jr. talks about leaving Seattle, heading to Oakland | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Here are some highlights of what transcript of Ken Norton, Jr.’s interview with local reporters after it was announced today he was leaving the Seahawks and becoming Oakland’s defensive coordinator:

Ten years ago Friday, the Patriots went back-to-back | ProFootballTalk
Ten years. Yes, it has officially been 10 years since we've had a club win back-to-back Super Bowls. The last team to do it was the Patriots, who held off Philadelphia 24-21 to win Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville on February 6, 2005.

Seahawks lose another assistant as Ken Norton, Jr. heads to Oakland - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr. has left to become the Raiders' defensive coordinator, making him the third assistant that Seattle's staff has lost this week. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' Irvin, Bennett, two Patriots fined for Super Bowl scuffle - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The scuffle that broke out in the closing seconds of Super Bowl XLIX has resulted in four fines from the NFL - two apiece for the Seahawks and Patriots - a league source has confirmed. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

2015 NFL Combine: Snubs and Surprises -
The NFL Combine is the most important step in the NFL Draft process for the majority of prospects as hundreds of players travel to Indianapolis to be poked and prodded by 32 NFL teams. And there are several interesting snubs and surprises on the invitation list for the 2015 NFL Combine.

Brady, McDaniels smelled blood when Jeremy Lane went down | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane made a huge play in the first quarter of the Super Bowl, but it was his last play. And the Patriots quickly capitalized on his absence. Lane intercepted a Tom Brady pass in the end zone, but on the return he broke his arm and had to leave the game.

Marshawn Lynch vs. Eight in the Box in the Super Bowl
Super Bowl XLIX contained an ending for the ages, and Marshawn Lynch is a big part of the controversy surrounding the Seahawks’ final offensive playcall. Specifically, many people feel that Lynch should have been handed the ball to try to punch it in for the go ahead score. One of the common counterpoints to that is that the Seahawks were facing eight men in the box. So, I figured I’d take a look at how Lynch had faired against eight men for the rest of the game. Let’s hop right into the action.

Mark Cuban: People questioning Seahawks final play call are idiots -
Mark Cuban defended the Seahawks coaching staff for the call they made on Seattle's final offensive play of Super Bowl XLIX.

Seahawks' Irvin fined $10K, Bennett fined $8K in Super Bowl scuffle : Fantasy News
Outside linebacker Bruce Irvin was fined $10,000 and defensive end Michael Bennett was fined $8,268, according to the Everett Herald.

10 reasons why the Seattle Seahawks must re-sign Russell Wilson |
There are several reasons they should re-sign him, but here are 10 of the most important.

New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks equipped for big 2015 -
Will the 2015 New England Patriots have Darrelle Revis? How much have the Seattle Seahawks changed their tune on Marshawn Lynch? Judy Battista assesses the futures of both Super Bowl teams.

Insider Buzz: Ndamukong Suh Wants to Sign with Seahawks, Raiders May 'Overbid' | Bleacher Report
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will be one of the most highly sought-after free agents this offseason.

It Is What It Is » Tom Brady’s near perfection with quick snap-to-release times leads Patriots to Super Bowl win, MVP
These numbers were similar to the divisional round game against the Ravens when Brady averaged 2.27 seconds from snap-to-throw.

2015 NFL Draft: Breaking Down Minnesota TE Maxx Williams vs. Missouri - Battle Red Blog
Despite the Texans investing a brand new contract in Garrett Graham and spending a second day draft pick on C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston barely got any production out of the tight end position last year. Is it time for another upgrade to the position?

Super Bowl 2015: Where do the Seahawks go from here? -
Securing their defense and extending Russell Wilson are top priorities for Seattle.

Is Brandon Marshall being run out of town? - Windy City Gridiron
There has been no shortage of stories suggesting Brandon Marshall could be a cap casualty for the Chicago Bears. But why would they cut such a good player?

Seahawks have the fourth toughest schedule in 2015 - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Going by their schedules next season, you might conclude that the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will have an easier time getting back to the Super Bowl than the Seattle Seahawks.

2015 NFL Draft: 10 big receivers who should interest teams -

Michigan's Devin Funchess and Auburn's Sammie Coates top CFB 24/7's list of the 10 best wide receiver prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft who are at least 6-foot-2.