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LB ‘Press & Cut': Baiting Offensive Linemen | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
While studying TCU linebacker Paul Dawson with Eric Stoner in Sunday’s RSP Film Room, I asked Eric if he’s ever seen linebackers bait linemen in a direction the way a running back would bait opponents with a press and cut?  I could tell he had seen it, but couldn’t recall specific example.

Ex-Alabama stars T.J. Yeldon, DeAndrew White impress at pro day - ESPN
Alabama pro day provides opportunity for other former Crimson Tide players to showcase skills, impress NFL coaches and scouts in attendance

Ndamukong Suh and First-Team All-Pros Switching Teams
Ndamukong Suh will be signing a 114 million dollar contract with the Dolphins today, with approximately $60M of that money guaranteed. Suh has often been c

2015 Pro Days: Top prospects at Southern Cal rely on position drills - CBSSports.com
All 32 teams were represented at Wednesday's Pro Day workout at USC but projected top three pick and skill-position standouts Nelson Agholor and Buck Allen did little more than positional drills, solidifying rather than boosting their stock. It was Combine snub George Foster who may have helped his stock most during the workout, in fact.

NFL free agency: Julius Thomas saw potential, not dollar signs, in J'ville - CBSSports.com
Eager to assume a leadership role on a young team, tight end Julius Thomas left the Broncos in the hopes he can give the Jaguars a lift.

Why the Raiders must spend but can't get anybody to take their money - CBSSports.com
The Raiders have to spend but can't land any top-dollar free agents and have completely whiffed in the NFL's trading frenzy. As usual, nothing makes sense in Oakland.

Chargers won’t re-sign Dwight Freeney | ProFootballTalk
Veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney said this month that he wants to continue playing, which is a necessary condition for him to return for a 14th NFL season.

Rams hold onto Lance Kendricks | ProFootballTalk
The Falcons reportedly had interest in signing tight end Lance Kendricks, but he's decided to stay in St. Louis. The Rams announced Wednesday that they have re-signed the four-year veteran. They didn't offer any details on the contract, but Nick Wagoner of ESPN.

Cardinals get a deal with Cory Redding as part of makeover | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals might not have found a like-for-like replacement for defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, but they're buying in bulk to fix their front. According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the Cards have reached a deal with former Colts defensive end Cory Redding, as part of an active s...

Report: Buccaneers set to cut Dashon Goldson if they sign Chris Conte | ProFootballTalk
Could the Buccaneers be set to move on from another big-ticket free agent signee? According to a published report, this appears to be the case. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Buccaneers are readying to cut free safety Dashon Goldson contingent on signing Bears free agent safety...

Torrey Smith is comfortable with Colin Kaepernick | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers added a deep threat via free agency.  They hope it helps unleash the offense. The deep threat in question, receiver Torrey Smith, thinks it will, thanks to the presence of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Andre Johnson announces he's signed with Colts - NFL.com
The Miami connection is back. Andre Johnson is reuniting with his college teammate Frank Gore. The star wide receiver announced that he's joining the Indianapolis Colts.

Buccaneers cut Anthony Collins, Michael Johnson - NFL.com
Anthony Collins and Michael Johnson are leaving Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers announced that they have released the left tackle and defensive end.

Patriots sign Jabaal Sheard to two-year, $11M deal - NFL.com
The New England Patriots signed versatile pass rusher Jabaal Sheard to a two-year contract worth $11 million. Sheard saw his role in Cleveland diminish the past two seasons.

Jimmy Graham trade gives Seahawks a needed weapon on offense | HeraldNet.com - Sports
SEATTLE — For as long as he has been the coach of the Seattle Seahawks — and likely well before that — Pete Carroll has expressed a ...

John McGrath: Seahawks get better by leaps and bounds with TE Jimmy Graham | John McGrath | The News Tribune
The Seahawks’ trade Tuesday for playmaking tight end Jimmy Graham will be recalled as their best deal since the 2010 swipe of running back Marshawn Lynch from Buffalo.

Video: ESPN on Jimmy Graham’s unlikely path to success | The Seattle Times
This is a few years old now, but ESPN in 2011 detailed well the unlikely road to success of the newest Seahawk, tight end Jimmy Graham:

Maxwell says Seattle “came close” to Eagles offer but “I just had to make the right decision for me” | The Seattle Times
Byron Maxwell met the media in Philadelphia this afternoon for the first time since signing with the Eagles (you can watch a replay here) and as he did he confirmed that the Seahawks made a significant attempt to keep him. Maxwell signed a six-year contract worth up to $60 million to leave Seattle after four seasons with the Seahawks.

Frank Gore: Colts give me best shot at Super Bowl - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"My first option, I always wanted to be here," Gore told Colts.com on Wednesday, after signing a three-year, $12 million contract, with $7.5 million guaranteed.

Sam Bradford takes no shots at St. Louis Rams on way out - ESPN
Quarterback Sam Bradford took his first crack at handling the Philadelphia media as the Eagles introduced him at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

How will Jimmy Graham fit into Seahawks' culture of toughness? - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Trading for tight end Jimmy Graham marks the first time under general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll that the Seahawks acquired a player whose toughness was considered a question mark. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Four things we learned from GM John Schneider on 710 ESPN Seattle
Key takeaways from Seattle GM John Schneider's Wednesday conversation with 710 ESPN Seattle on newly-acquired tight end Jimmy Graham and the Seahawks' offseason.

Walter Thurmond, Philadelphia Eagles strike deal - NFL.com
Free agent cornerback Walter Thurmond is headed to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he will be reunited with his former college coach, Chip Kelly.

State to sue Super Bowl ticket seller over failure to deliver | Local & Regional | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News
Washington state filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against a Super Bowl ticket seller for taking orders for more than $149,000 tickets and then telling customers at the last minute it could not fill them.

A look at Seahawks' draft picks after Graham trade, Harvin's release - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks have seven draft picks and will likely be awarded three or four additional compensatory selections once those are announced later this month. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Ricardo Lockette says he's returning to Seahawks on one-year deal - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Wide receiver and special teamer Ricardo Lockette indicated via Twitter on Tuesday that he is returning to the Seahawks on a one-year deal. Lockette was an exclusive rights free agent. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

The Saints traded Jimmy Graham with the best of intentions - SBNation.com
The Saints' decision to trade Jimmy Graham was surprising, but at least there was a clear rationale behind it.