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The 10 Worst Free-Agent Deals (So Far) «
Free agency is a losing game.

Expected Contract Value: Valuing Free Agent Contracts 3/12 - Over the Cap
I will update this post as we get more contract details, and at the end of the primary signing period I will review the Expected Contract Value results for each position group, but for now I will post these numbers without comment.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Futures: Two Non-College Prospects
Some players are out of sight from NFL fans and media, but they aren't out of mind for many NFL teams. Every new draft class may seem like the terminus of football scouting, but personnel departments don't throw out their old scouting reports to make room for the new. Potential doesn't die; it bides its time behind a star player, it seeks work in a different league, or it trains at home and sends out feelers until another shot comes along.

Superstars Make Free-Agent Headlines, but Journeymen Play a Waiting Game | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

NFL could tweak (but not change) Calvin Johnson no-catch rule - CBSSports.com
Good news: The NFL could tweak the current 'what does and doesn't constitute a catch' rule. Bad news: There are no plans to overhaul the controversial rule

The Top 5 Defensive Linemen in the 2015 NFL Draft | National Football Post
Going into this year’s draft, I feel the strongest positions in no particular order are wide receivers, “edge” players, and defensive linemen. Don’t be shocked to see around half of the first round be players from these positions.

The NFL’S 1% | National Football Post
The Occupy Wall Street and related movements used the slogan “We Are the 99%”. The corollary to that slogan is that the members of the top 1% are the privileged few and enjoy the benefits of wealth distribution inequality. (For the record, that is NOT a view that I share and I am far from being part of the 1%).

Stevie Johnson lands on the open market | ProFootballTalk
The Stevie Johnson era has ended in San Francisco.  There was one? The 49ers have cut Johnson in advance of a $250,000 roster bonus.  The team announced the move on Thursday.

Cardinals release Lyle Sendlein | ProFootballTalk
When the Cardinals signed A.Q. Shipley on Wednesday, we mentioned that he might compete for the starting center job with incumbent Lyle Sendlein. Shipley may compete for the job, but it may not be with Sendlein. The Cardinals announced on Thursday that they have released the eight-year veteran.

Falcons add O’Brien Schofield to revamped defensive front | ProFootballTalk
The Falcons entered the offseason intent on adding to their pass-rush, and they've picked up another mid-grade player there. The team announced they signed former Seahawks defensive end/linebacker O'Brien Schofield.

Jordan Cameron heads back to the Browns | ProFootballTalk
Tight end Jordan Cameron either didn't like what he heard from the Dolphins or didn't feel like waiting to see if the team struck a deal with Charles Clay because he's headed back to Cleveland.

Brandon Browner, New Orleans Saints reach contract - NFL.com
The New Orleans Saints have added corner Brandon Browner. Ian Rapoport reports Browner will be an addition on the field, but would bring leadership to the locker room.

Falcons land former Bucs pass-rusher Adrian Clayborn - NFL.com
The Atlanta Falcons announced Thursday that they have agreed to terms with free-agent defensive end Adrian Clayborn, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dwayne Bowe released by Kansas City Chiefs - NFL.com
Dwayne Bowe's run in Kansas City is over after a lot of speculation. Can the wideout rejuvenate his career with a new team?

Ryan Mathews agrees to terms with Eagles after all - NFL.com
Ryan Mathews and Philadelphia agreed on a three-year contract Wednesday, but nothing has been signed. Could Mathews be the second running back to spurn the Eagles this week?

Trent Richardson waived by Indianapolis Colts - NFL.com
The Colts finally threw in the towel on Trent Richardson, waiving the ineffective running back on Thursday. Will Richardson get another chance to prove he can play?

Is History Bound To Repeat Itself In Seattle? - Oregon Sports News
My article last week was completely nullified by the Seattle Seahawks trading their 31st pick in the draft for New Orleans Saints Pro-Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham.  Seattle traded their first round pick in the 2015 draft and center Max Unger for a surefire offensive weapon at the tight end position.  However, this is not the first time Seattle has paid a steep price for a top 10 tight end in the NFL.

Seahawks’ new TE Jimmy Graham is a stunt pilot - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News

Newest Seahawks star Jimmy Graham on trade from Saints: “Highly encouraged, highly motivated” | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
So much for any fears Jimmy Graham is not happy with getting uprooted off a Florida beach and the only NFL team he’s known in his mega trade to the Seahawks.

Jaguars cut former Seahawks defensive captain Red Bryant | The Seattle Times
Jacksonville today released former Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant, Seattle's defensive team captain in 2012-13.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll praises Jimmy Graham’s toughess in 710 ESPN Seattle interview | The Seattle Times
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Jimmy Graham is more than tough enough during an interview today on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Byron Maxwell thinks Eagles defense is similar to Seattle Seahawks | NJ.com
Cornerback Byron Maxwell, the Eagles prized free agent signing of this already frenetic offseason is leaving the top ranked and most feared defense in football for one of the worst statistically.

Reports: Former Seahawk Malcolm Smith to sign with Raiders - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Multiple reports state that former Seahawks linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith has agreed to a deal with the Raiders. Smith will reunite with former Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr., who is now Oakland's defensive coordinator. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks notes: Seattle to host Stefen Wisniewski; Jaguars release Red Bryant - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks will look at a promising option to replace their Max Unger-sized hole at center when they reportedly host former Oakland Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski.

Seahawks don’t see value in the first round, so they trade out of it | ProFootballTalk
By trading their first-round draft pick for Jimmy Graham, the Seahawks have put themselves in some rare company as a team without a first-round pick for three consecutive years.

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham struggles to find on-field identity - ESPN
In ESPN The Magazine's Renegades Issue, Kevin Van Valkenburg writes that Jimmy Graham is the highest-paid tight end in the NFL and has a signature goalpost celebration dunk. So why is he still struggling to find his identity?

NFL Free Agency: Recapping explosive signings, trades and retirements | The MMQB with Peter King
So much has already happened, and the busiest week during the business of football calendar is still in progress. Here a few top-of-the-mind thoughts on the beginning of the NFL’s new year:   Tampering with Tampering   Before the official start of free agency, there was the unoff...

Jimmy Graham helps the Seattle Seahawks, but their offensive line is a concern - NFL - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider were at it again Wednesday, betting big on a player with the "unique" traits Carroll covets. Their trade with New Orleans for tight end Jimmy Graham came out of nowhere, but it fit a pattern. The same opportunistic, go-for-it mindset that led the Seahawks to acquire Percy Harvin led them to seize an unexpected opportunity with Graham.

Jake Locker's Retirement is Uniquely Unsurprising - UW Dawg Pound
Husky fans have seen this story play out before.

Jaguars parting ways with Red Bryant | ProFootballTalk
The Jaguars re-signed Tyson Alualu and added Jared Odrick this month, which appears to have left no room on the defensive line for Red Bryant. Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports that the Jaguars have released Bryant on Thursday.