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Thursday already, gang.

2015 NFL Mock Drafts - Rob Rang -
Rob Rang's expert NFL mock draft -- provide by and

Seahawks seven round mock draft | Seahawks Draft Blog

Seattle Seahawks' biggest free-agency needs, top targets, predictions - NFL - ESPN
Ahead of the start of free agency, Insider is providing buyer's guides for all 32 teams: biggest need positions from Football Outsiders, top targets from KC Joyner and Matt Williamson and predictions on how everything will play out from our NFL Nation team reporters. Included below are links to every team's article. This is the entry for the Seattle Seahawks.

Shocking LeSean McCoy trade reveals Chip Kelly's confidence, convictions |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Probabilities of the NFL Draft | National Football Post

A peek behind the Jarryd Hayne Curtain | National Football Post

Report: Saints releasing Pierre Thomas | ProFootballTalk
The Saints are parting ways with one of the key contributors to their win in Super Bowl XLIV five years ago. The club will release running back Pierre Thomas, Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate reported Wednesday.

Potential landing spots for Andre Johnson -
The Seahawks remain at the very top of the NFL power structure, but their wide receiver group -- despite Doug Baldwin's loud protestations -- is just average. The Seahawks are in particular need of a big-bodied receiver who can fight through the type of routes that Malcolm Butler blew up at the Super Bowl. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Johnson would certainly present a nice target for Russell Wilson, while giving Johnson his best shot at a Super Bowl yet.

Report: 49ers offering LB Michael Wilhoite in trade | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers are reportedly open to dealing one of their reserve inside linebackers.

Free-Agent Matchmaker: Perfect Fits for Ndamukong Suh, DeMarco Murray and More | Bleacher Report
There are many elements to the perfect NFL free-agent match:  The match must help both parties. It should make the team better (for the right price) while enhancing both the player's career and his checkbook.

Cut Candidates: NFC West - Offseason Low Down -
We’ve shifted into offseason mode here at Rotoworld. In a salary-cap league with non-guaranteed contracts like the NFL, the offseason is a time teams rid themselves of players not living up to their pay scale.

Sorting Out the LeSean McCoy–Kiko Alonso Trade «
Things were just too quiet in the NFL. The Bills and Eagles sent shock waves around the league Tuesday evening with reports of a stunning trade that defies simple analysis. Buffalo’s acquisition of running back LeSean McCoy in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso is a football rarity, a meaningful player-for-player swap where both teams can make a case they bought low and sold high. Both sides are assuming large amounts of risk, albeit in vastly different ways. The NFL doesn’t see very many trades like these. This is a fascinating exception, and a heck of a way to spend 20 minutes.

NFL 2015 Free Agents Ranked, 1-50 | The MMQB with Peter King
Note: This list represents unrestricted free agents whose contracts expired after the 2014 season. It doesn’t include “street” free agents, whose contracts were terminated before they were set to expire (their ranks will grow in the coming days) and who are free to sign before unrestricted...

Best NFL free agency fits: Cobb to Seahawks, Hardy to Bengals -
Let's play matchmaker. The Seahawks would sure love Randall Cobb, Greg Hardy would boost a weak Bengals pass rush while the Jags sure could use Julius Thomas.

2015 NFL Draft Big Board: Workouts lift Byron Jones, D.J. Humphries - NFL, NFLDRAFT - -
Eye-popping workouts won't change everything, but for hopefuls like Byron Jones, D.J. Humphries and Xavier Coopers, they're a big boost.

Is Chip Kelly piling up cash to chase Suh? Here are 3 theories -
Is Chip Kelly the next Steve Spurrier, destined to not repeat his college success in the NFL? Or is he Jimmy Johnson?

Arians: Cardinals knew McCoy was available, but he’s not the right fit | ProFootballTalk
The Bills weren't the only team that knew the Eagles were looking to trade running back LeSean McCoy. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said on NFL Network that his team knew that McCoy was available in a trade, but decided not to make an offer. "No, it wasn't a good fit for us," Arians said.

Andre Johnson asks Texans to release him | ProFootballTalk
The Texans recently gave receiver Andre Johnson permission to seek a trade.  Johnson won't be doing that. Johnson's agent, Kennard McGuire, tells PFT that he has asked the Texans to release Johnson. The impasse arose when the Texans recently informed Johnson he'd have a reduced role in 2015.

$omebody in Detroit is $ort of up$et about Ndamukong $uh | ProFootballTalk
The Lions decided not to hang onto Ndamukong Suh for one year, mostly since it would have cost them $26.9 million to use the franchise tag. And it appears someone in Detroit is pi$$ed off about it.

Visits Tracker: Darnell Dockett meets with 49ers -
Ian Rapoport reported that the free-agent defensive tackle Darnell Dockett enjoyed his visit with the 49ers, but also remains on the radar of the Seahawks, Rams and Cardinals. Where will he land?

Chris Myers released after eight seasons with Texans -
Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Texans have released center Chris Myers, according to a source informed of the move. Myers started every game he appeared in for the Texans.

Best fits for free-agent defensive linemen -
Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley lead a top-heavy defensive line free-agent class this offseason. Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling ranks the available players in the trenches.

Notable 2015 NFL unrestricted free agents - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
On Monday, we broke down the rules regarding NFL free agency. Now it’s time to look at the big names who will be dominating the headlines over the next couple of weeks.

Should the Seahawks draft a RB in 2015? - Seattle - Scout
No rookie would be able to adequately replace Marshawn Lynch but the 2015 NFL draft offers an extraordinary class of running backs. In his weekly conversation with KJR Sports Radio in Seattle,'s Rob Rang breaks down some of the best fits, including who Seattle might target at No. 31 overall if Lynch retired or some middle rounders should a complementary threat be the goal.

Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly has to win the culture war - ESPN
Now that he's making all the personnel decisions -- and some bold ones -- Kelly needs to be careful about how he treats veteran players.

Report: Washington man accused of using Seahawks names to score drugs? | FOX Sports
One man must have thought he was being real creative. Hmmm ...

Paul Allen, owner of Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trail Blazers & Seattle Sounders, claims he and his research team have found the Musashi, a massive Japanese World War II battleship, off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago | FOX Sport
Paul Allen, owner of Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trail Blazers & Seattle Sounders, claims he and his research team have found the Musashi, a massive Japanese World War II battleship, off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago.

Chris Myers released after eight seasons with Texans -
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Texans have released center Chris Myers, according to a source informed of the move. Myers started every game he appeared in for the Texans.

How Byron Jones set a broad jump world record at the NFL Combine -
Byron Jones' world record broad jump at the combine turned the UConn corner from unknown to one of the hottest names in football. Pretty good for someone who was 50-50 to even participate.

Texans will release Chris Myers | ProFootballTalk
Wide receiver Andre Johnson isn't the only veteran on the way out of Houston. PFT has learned, via a league source, that the team has informed center Chris Myers that he will be released.

NFL Draft Why They Failed: Stephen Hill WR New York Jets
Here in 2015, the wide receiver position is, once again, one of the best positions in the NFL Draft. There are a number of strong prospects that will go in the first round, and the class presents solid depth to mine in the mid to late portions of the draft. With the position being so deep, its paramount to revisit previous years’ draft misses to examine what went wrong along their career path, in order to better scout the current crop of prospects.