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Brandddddd new week.

Expected Contract Value: Valuing Free Agent Contracts (Defense) - 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.'

How Clubs Prepare for Free Agency | National Football Post
We are two days into free agency and there have been quite a few transactions already, but there is still about a week to go before things will start to settle down and we can turn our attention to the draft.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Free agency aftermath alters first round landscape -
Although teams aren't done making moves, the power-hitting free agents are signed, sealed and delivered, meaning the team needs for the 2015 NFL Draft are coming into focus

NFLPA re-elects DeMaurice Smith as executive director -
DeMaurice Smith has won a third term as the NFL players association's executive director after being challenged by eight different people for the position.

Max Unger 'bummed' about trade and excited about New Orleans Saints - ESPN
Unger spoke in a radio interview with Seattle’s 950 KJR. When asked if he was hurt or “ticked off,” Unger said he wouldn’t use those words. But he said, “This is the only place I’ve ever played.” “I've had so much invested in what's happened up here for so long, and to get a call like this out of left field, I was bummed," Unger said. "But at the same time, it's another opportunity to go somewhere I've never lived before and play for a team who has had a lot of success, and I've heard only good things about. So it’s really about trying to be positive and just kind of pick up and play some good football still.

Could early retirements be a trend? | ProFootballTalk
Free-agent cornerback Ike Taylor will turn 35 in May, and he still plans to play in 2015.  But Taylor thinks more and more players will be deciding to walk away from pro football before they turn 30.

Gilbert’s collusion claim may be able to overcome 90-day hurdle | ProFootballTalk
On Saturday, NFLPA executive director candidate Sean Gilbert pulled the sheet off the facts underpinning his belief that the league has engaged in collusion regarding the funding requirement for fully-guaranteed contracts, and that the collusion allows the current Collective Bargaining Agreement to ...

Gilbert advocates 18-game season in his closing remarks | ProFootballTalk
The nine candidates for the position of NFLPA executive director have begun delivering 15-minute closing arguments to the 32 men who'll eventually re-elect DeMaurice Smith or elect his replacement.

NFC East Draft Winds: Rumors connecting players, NFL teams -
College Football 24/7 takes a look at the buzz surrounding each team leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, connecting prospects with their potential future NFL clubs.

Eight takeaways from the weekend's free agency -
With so many proven running backs switching zip codes in free agency, who helped themselves the most? Find out that answer and more in our weekend's takeaways.

San Francisco 49ers sign CBs Shareece Wright, Chris Cook - ESPN
Perrish Cox led the San Francisco 49ers with five interceptions last season while Chris Culliver had four picks. The two cornerbacks will ply their trades as free agents next year for the Tennessee Titans and Washington, respectively.

A different angle on the value of the Jimmy Graham trade | Seahawks Draft Blog
Consider this scenario. The Seahawks miss out on Julius Thomas and the New Orleans Saints aren’t willing to trade Jimmy Graham. Jordan Cameron signs for the Dolphins. You’re stuck at #31 trying to find a dynamic receiver or tight end for your offense.

NFL’s Jimmy Graham reaches out to Summerville girl after tearful video goes viral - Post and Courier
Lexia Woods of Summerville broke hearts across the Internet last week after a Facebook video of her reacting tearfully to the trade of her favorite NFL player went viral.

Seahawks expect Jimmy Graham’s immediate effect to be in loosening defenses | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
On top of everything else Jimmy Graham appears to be — an instant upgrade to the Seattle Seahawks’ passing game, the NFL’s most accomplished tight end the past two seasons, a business degree holder with a double major and a licensed pilot — Seattle’s newest star is a multitasker.

Seahawks WR shocks Alabama gymnast with public proposal - NY Daily News
After living in Seattle for a year without his girlfriend, Seahawks wide receiver Kevin Norwood realized she was the one.