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NFP 2015 Mock Draft 2.0 | National Football Post
Now that we have gotten through the first phase of free agency, it’s easier to try and project a mock draft. Still, it’s like throwing darts at a board and hoping some stick. As we get closer to the draft we will, of course, update and look for at least one or two more mocks this year.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Are Teams Faking Injuries? Part I
Conservatively, I wouldestimate there were about 500,000 words dedicated to NFL gamesmanship over the few months. But in all the talk about deflated balls and illegal substitutions during the 2014 playoffs, one area has remained relatively unexamined.

Six More Weeks of NFL Draft Hype: The Ultimate Survival Guide | Bleacher Report
There are a little less than six weeks left until the NFL draft. Six weeks?! That's an NFL eternity. There will be few trades and no major free-agent signings in the next six weeks, give or take Adrian Peterson ...

49ers fans have raised $2K to try and get Jed York to sell the team -
A group of fans in San Francisco have raised almost $2,000 in hopes of getting Jed York to sell the team.

2015 NFL Mock Draft No. 4: Rams swap with Jags to land Mariota -
Another mock, another trade for Marcus Mariota. This time, the Rams -- despite trading for Nick Foles -- move up to No. 3 for the Oregon QB.

Musings: Binge of old-guy signings reveals Colts are all in, right? Bingo! -
After signing four 30-plus vets to a young roster, including Frank Gore and Andre Johnson, it sure looks like the Colts think they're close to winning it all.

Reports: Mason Foster agrees to deal with Bears | ProFootballTalk
The Chicago Bears may have found their replacement for Lance Briggs. According to Jen Lada of, the Bears have agreed to terms with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Mason Foster.

Five draft prospects who will be better pros than college players -
The NFL teams that sleep on these prospects now might pay for it later. Charles Davis unveils five players that could exceed expectations set for them by their college careers.

Detailing the 43 trades (so far) of 2015 draft selections | ProFootballTalk
As we detailed earlier today, the 2015 NFL Draft order is now officially set following the doling out of compensatory draft picks at the league meetings on Monday.

Todd Bowles on Arians: 'I'd lose my left arm for him' -
Todd Bowles is thankful for his time spent with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. The new Jets coach is getting high praise around the league.

Jeffrey Lurie: LeSean McCoy didn't fit Chip Kelly's O -
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie confirmed Tuesday that LeSean McCoy was traded because he didn't fit Chip Kelly's power spread offense. Is Kelly better off with DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews?

Zimmer: Vikings won't trade Cordarrelle Patterson -
Coach Mike Zimmer made it clear Tuesday that the Vikings will not trade Cordarrelle Patterson. Where does the 2013 first-round pick fit in following the Mike Wallace trade?

Seahawks to enter NFL draft loaded with picks | The Seattle Times
After being awarded the maximum four compensatory picks by the league, Seattle will enter the 2015 draft with the most picks of any team — 11.

Arizona Cardinals keep faith in Jonathan Cooper - ESPN
In Mike Iupati, the Arizona Cardinals saw a better fit at left guard.

Trent Baalke: Chris Borland retirement changed offseason dynamic - ESPN
Sure, Patrick Willis retiring at the age of 30 stung the San Francisco 49ers a bit. But it happened before the dawn of the new league year, so the Niners were able to take a deep breath and focus on their depth at inside linebacker, with a standout rookie in Chris Borland returning for his second year.

Seahawks players, coaches, alumni, media & 12s react to Clare Farnsworth's retirement
Beat writer Clare Farnsworth is calling it a career after 36 seasons and 700 games spent covering the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle Seahawks Top Breakout Candidates
So much focus on big-name free agents and potential draft picks, but sometimes the next great player on your roster…… is already ON your roster.

Seahawks will find O-line options so appealing | Seahawks Draft Blog
[caption width=500 align=alignnone] Rob Crisp -- seriously underrated[/caption] What do the Seahawks want in an offensive lineman? It's a tough one.

Sea Hawkers Podcast appearance: 24th March | Seahawks Draft Blog
Since the last time Rob was on the show, the impact of the trade for Jimmy Graham shifts the desire of adding a wide receiver in the early rounds to looking for offensive lineman. Seattle will also have to wait until the second round before making their first selection. Rob talks about how Ty Sambrailo of Colorado State could fill the void at guard if he’s still on the board.

Who’s left? The best remaining NFL free agents - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
It’s been nearly two weeks since the start of the 2015 NFL free-agency period, and most of the marquee names are long off the market and settling in with their new cities and teams. That means the news which had been burning up the league’s transaction wire on an almost minute-by-minute basis has slowed to a crawl.

Seahawks won’t deny that Michael Bennett is requesting a new contract | The Seattle Times
History shows team rarely revamps a contract with three years remaining

NFL Draft 2015: Seattle Seahawks Team Needs
The Seattle Seahawks are without their first round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft after trading for Jimmy Graham, but they've found diamonds in the rough before

Evaluation of the 2015 Compensatory Draft Picks Projection, Part 1 - Over the Cap
As you all know by now, the 2015 compensatory draft picks have been officially released. After comparing the press release to my program, here are the results:

Michael Crabtree willing to wait for the right deal in free agency | ProFootballTalk
Michael Crabtree has held out waiting for the right deal before. But this time, he has the  benefit of choices. According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea, the 49ers free agent wide receiver is "willing to wait however long it takes" to find the right deal for the coming season.

Sean Payton knows Graham trade is tough on Brees -
"And yet, from a bigger picture standpoint, you're wanting to play better defense and reduce the amount of points you may need to score to win a game. So losing players like that ... those are always difficult. But they impact a quarterback, especially when it's a tight end like Jimmy Graham. And now it's our job as coaches to find additional targets. And we feel like we got one in (pass-catching running back) C.J. Spiller, who's a completely different position but nonetheless a playmaker when the ball's in his hands."

Offseason Lists: Players With Most to Gain This Spring - UW Dawg Pound
Which Washington Husky players have the most to gain this spring? We count them down.

Draft Prospects Whose Pro Days the Minnesota Vikings Shouldn't Ignore | Bleacher Report
Minnesota Vikings news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Dr. John York: Football has gotten safer | CSN Bay Area
Former 49ers linebacker Chris Borland spent most of his rookie season on a fact-finding mission to determine whether a career in professional football was worth the inherent risks.