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The 49ers Options With Chris Borland - Over the Cap
Linebacker Chris Borland’s decision to retire from the NFL after just one season, due to fears about long term health concerns, has sparked a number of debates on the subject.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Free-Agency Cost-Benefit Analysis
Even if the opening days of free agency felt like a shopping free-for-all, it is a fair question to wonder how much all this matters. Most players get something close to their true value. Free agency, in general, does not appear to make the difference between winning and losing.

Talking football with new St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles | The MMQB with Peter King
With one phone call last week, Nick Foles’s job title changed from Eagles quarterback to Rams quarterback. The trade that sent Foles to St. Louis for Sam Bradford (plus an exchange of draft picks) was part of a series of bold moves in Philadelphia and throughout the league that gave the NFL its ow...

2015 NFL Draft: Five Takeaways from this week's Pro Day workouts -
The on-campus workouts at Georgia, Penn State, Baylor, Michigan State, Stanford and Missouri had scouts buzzing -- though not all in a good way. Which prospects boosted their cause? Who might be slipping? Here are the Pro Day notes that you need to know now.

Whoa, Canada: Examining the NFL talent pipeline emerging up north -
Four Canadians were picked in last year's draft, while ex-CFL stars like Cameron Wake are shining. A look at what's fueling Canada's NFL talent boom.

2015 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Chargers trade Philip Rivers for No. 2 pick -
Will Brinson's first 2015 NFL Mock Draft featuring the Chargers trading Philip Rivers for Marcus Mariota.

Audibles Podcast: Handing out NFL free agency grades |
More than a week out from the official start of NFL free agency, the major players are off the board. Ndamukong Suh is in Miami, Darrelle Revis returned to New York, while Jimmy Graham, LeSean McCoy, Sam Bradford and Nick Foles changed homes via trade.

Matt Moore will remain with Dolphins | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins had quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in for a visit on Thursday as they looked for a backup to Ryan Tannehill. Last year's backup Matt Moore was still available as a free agent, but the team and Moore had been unable to agree on a new contract despite reports of interest in continuing th...

Rooney cites scheduling as potential impediment to playoff expansion | ProFootballTalk
The many proposed rule and bylaw changes to be considered next week by NFL owners don't include a potential expansion of the postseason from 12 to 14 teams.  Unofficially, the NFL is waiting to tie to larger postseason pool of games to the next sale of the Thursday Night Football package.

An easy solution to the catch rule | ProFootballTalk
After the 1999 NFC title game, when former Buccaneers receiver Bert Emmanuel caught a pass in crunch time but the ball touched the ground while in his possession and the catch was ruled not a catch, the NFL modified the rule to allow the ball to touch the ground and still be a catch.

Biggest free agency winners -
Did the Jets and the Seahawks win free agency with their respective signings of Darrelle Revis and Jimmy Graham? The Around The NFL staff breaks down the free agency winners thus far.

Analysts: 2014 WR class has slight edge over 2015 WR class -
Last year's wide receiver class offered stars like Odell Beckham and plenty of depth, too. But is the 2015 class at the position even better? Analysts give a slight edge to one of the groups.

Future NFL leaders get leg up at Career Development Symposium -
Some of the NFL's most promising assistant coaches and personnel men descended upon Phoenix for the league's Career Development Symposium. Steve Wyche uncovered the importance of the event.

What we learned: A.P.'s future with Vikes still murky -
Adrian Peterson's future with the Vikings is still very much in doubt. Will there be a resolution in the near future? Check out all the big happenings from the week that was in free agency.

No such thing as maintaining status quo for Seahawks | - Sports
RENTON — The NFL's new league year is less than a week old, but already the Seattle Seahawks have provided a good reminder that, even for the...

Ahtyba Rubin’s contract details revealed | The Seattle Times
Ahtyba Rubin, a defensive tackle signed by Seattle Thursday, can earn a possible $3.1 million on a one-year deal.

Brady Poppinga: Seahawks Super Bowl Favorite After Jimmy Graham Trade | NFL |
With a stonewalling defense, dynamic young quarterback and one of the best running backs in the league, the Seattle Seahawks had almost an embarrassment of riches last season. The addition of Jimmy Graham only makes them that much tougher.

Will anything stand in the way of the Seahawks in the NFC West? -
Seattle has won the last two division crowns.

How will the Seattle Seahawks use tight end Jimmy Graham in their offense?
NFL Media's Steve Wyche has the latest on how Darrell Bevell plans to use tight end Jimmy Graham in the Seattle Seahawks' offense.