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San Francisco 49ers' Chris Borland retiring from NFL -
Following a rookie season in which he impressed, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland told ESPN's Outside The Lines on Monday he's retiring, citing safety issues.

Visits tracker: Anthony Spencer meeting with 'Hawks -
Anthony Spencer is still looking for a new team. Where will the former Dallas Cowboys pass rusher land? Find out who else we are tracking during the second wave of free agency.

Reports: Chris Canty, Anthony Spencer to visit Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks are reportedly taking a look at a pair of experienced defensive linemen. Seattle will host ex-Ravens defensive end Chris Canty on a free agent visit Thursday, the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reported.

Tom Brady's Passing Guru Puts Some Spin on Tim Tebow's Comeback Attempt | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Pro Day Weekly Preview: Missouri DE Shane Ray gets his day -
The strongest position group of the 2015 NFL Draft is the pass rushers, including in the top 10 where notable prospects like Dante Fowler Jr., Vic Beasley and Randy Gregory are hoping to land. Missouri defensive end Shane Ray is also in that mix and his pro day Thursday might be the most important work out of the pre-draft process.

2015 NFL Free Agency Grades: 32 grades for 32 teams but only one A -
How did your favorite NFL team make out in free agency? Well, there's only one A on this report card. Here are the grades for all 32 teams.

As Sean Payton remakes roster, big questions arise about Saints' future -
Sean Payton has the power, but what's the plan behind all these Saints moves? To land Marcus Mariota? To rebuild? Or is the star coach not long for New Orleans, too?

Max Unger in New Orleans, 'stoked' to join Saints - ESPN
Center Max Unger was in New Orleans on Monday to take a physical to complete his trade to the New Orleans Saints and to meet some of his new coaches and teammates.

NFL projected $28 million profit for Super Bowl XLV | ProFootballTalk
One of the biggest problems with having a trial in an open courtroom is that the process of trying the case results in all sorts of secrets being exposed. Here's one that emerged from the recently-completed trial regarding the Super Bowl XLV seating fiasco.

More Eagles QB news: Matt Barkley’s available, if you want him | ProFootballTalk
Maybe now we know what "at this time" means. While today's Tim Tebow workout with the Eagles created a brief firestorm of attention (Hooray, attention), it's not necessarily a sign about their depth chart at the position.

Broncos' John Elway getting used to high salary cap -
The salary cap during John Elway's final season with the Broncos was $52.388. Today, the cap is at $143.28 million. The Denver GM discusses getting used to the higher salary cap.

Six quarterbacks who benefited from offseason moves -
The dust has settled after a wild period of signings and trades in the NFL. Dan Hanzus compiles a list of six quarterbacks who are in a position to get better thanks to their aggressive front office.

Coming home? Prospects that fit with hometown NFL franchises -
Are some 2015 draft prospects headed for a homecoming? CFB 24/7 has identified 10 players who make sense for their hometown NFL franchises, including OT D.J. Humphries in Carolina.

Report: Cards see Adrian Peterson's contract as issue -
The Arizona Cardinals have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Adrian Peterson, but the money involved reportedly makes swapping the All-Pro running back an issue.

Jeron Johnson signs two-year contract with Redskins -
Ian Rapoport reported Monday that former Seahawks safety Jeron Johnson has signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Redskins. How will Johnson impact Washington's secondary?

Remaining NFL free agency questions -
Free agency has died down, but plenty of big-name players still are searching for a match, and teams have open spots. Marc Sessler surveys the market to answer some burning questions.

Browns add Randy Starks, Tramon Williams -
The Browns bolstered their defense on Monday, adding top free agents Tramon Williams and Randy Starks. What will the duo bring to Cleveland?

Houston Texans sign former Jags wideout Cecil Shorts -
The Texans signed wide receiver Cecil Shorts to a two-year deal on Monday, giving Houston a secondary receiving threat to complement wideout DeAndre Hopkins.

Highlights from Pete Carroll's interview on Sports Radio 950 KJR | - Seattle Sidelines
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll just wrapped up an interview with Dave “Softy” Mahler, and provided quite a few interesting updates on injuries, free agency and more. You can listen to the full interview here, and here are a few highlights:

2015 NFL Draft: Three-Round Mock After First Week of Free Agency | Buffalo Bills Draft
Jameis Winston is the favorite to be the 2015 NFL Draft's No. 1 overall pick. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports) BBD Editor: Dan Hope So far, the

Monday afternoon notes: Could Seahawks be interested in Greg Hardy? And Jesse Williams says he will re-sign with Seattle | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks are mentioned as a team that could be interested in Greg Hardy, and Jesse Williams told an Australian newspaper he is returning to the Seahawks soon.

Getting personal with new Seahawks cornerback Cary Williams - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
New Seahawks cornerback Cary Williams told 'Danny, Dave and Moore' about joining Seattle's secondary and about his interesting path to the NFL. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

The Top 10 Characteristics The NFL Isn’t Measuring...But Should Be | βurkmont

Redskins sign Jeron Johnson to two-year deal - Washington Times
“It’s always going to be a challenge when you’re trying something new,” Johnson said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. “I’m ready for a change. This is my first time being out on the East Coast. It was about time for me to get out of Seattle. I feel like I outgrew my role there. I was ready for the opportunity to play.”

The 10 Best Free-Agent Deals (So Far) «
After running down the worst contracts of free agency last week, let’s look at the 10 deals that stand out as the best values. It’s no accident that I did the article on the worst deals first; most of the bad contracts in free agency come during the opening hours of the market, when teams are flush with cash and fall in love with chasing a player as opposed to an archetype. Once the market settles, players get desperate to sign and teams are far more likely to find bargains.