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‘The Grantland NFL Podcast’: AFC Free Agency Preview «
Mays and Barnwell return with a preview of what free agency should look like for teams in the AFC.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2014 Adjusted Games Lost
Football Outsiders is the internet home for Innovative Statistics and Intelligent Analysis of professional and college football. Our writers, lead by Aaron Schatz, also write Pro Football Prospectus.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2014 Adjusted Games Lost: By Unit
Football Outsiders is the internet home for Innovative Statistics and Intelligent Analysis of professional and college football. Our writers, lead by Aaron Schatz, also write Pro Football Prospectus.

NFL offseason: Andrew Brandt’s business of football mailbag | The MMQB with Peter King
At this time of year, with so much happening in the business of football, I keep many of the same questions are populating my email inbox and Twitter account. Here are a few popular ones, with my thoughts.

Suh, Murray and McPhee: What's a Top Free Agent Really Worth? | Bleacher Report
With the start of free agency approaching like Christmas morning, visions of sugar plums are dancing in fans' heads: 310-pound All-Pro sugar plums with impulse-control issues, sugar plums that rush for 1,800 yards, extra-sweet sugar plums that were hiding at the bottom of some Baltimore bushel.

2015 Pro Days: Edge rushers the story at Arkansas, Mississippi State - CBSSports.com
Virtually every team in the league was represented at the two workouts, which featured a trio of All-SEC defenders in the Razorbacks' Trey Flowers and Bulldogs' Preston Smith and Benardrick McKinney. The workout from a relatively unheralded skill-position player, however, could ultimately have the biggest impact on draft rankings.

Quarterback Desperation Rankings: How screwed is your NFL team? - CBSSports.com
Are you a Bills, Titans, Browns or Jets fan? Yeah, your team is screwed. Your QB situation stinks. We rank all 32 teams, from best to worst, by who's under center.

How Pete Carroll saved Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show - CBSSports.com
He probably doesn't know it, but Pete Carroll saved Katy Perry's halftime show from being a daytime disaster.

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

The NFL Draft’s 5 best Running Backs | National Football Post
As you all know, we haven’t see a running back selected in the first round in the last two drafts. That should change this year as one, possibly two running backs should hear their name called on the opening night of this year’s draft. Without question, there are six to eight backs in this draft who are capable of coming in and starting as rookies or at worst, be a major part of the running back rotation. My top five…

Age, contract, production, reputation make Marshall hard to move | ProFootballTalk
The Bears are trying to trade wide receiver Brandon Marshall. That won't be easy. Although Marshall is a five-time Pro Bowler, what he's done in the past isn't particularly relevant to what a team would be willing to give up for him now.

49ers sign Jerome Simpson to two-year deal | ProFootballTalk
Jerome Simpson will attempt to jump-start his career in San Francisco.

Carson Palmer ready to 'rock 'n' roll' by training camp - NFL.com
Carson Palmer is confident that he'll be ready to go when the Arizona Cardinals open training camp this summer. Find out what else the quarterback had to say.

Finding the best free-agent signings for all 32 NFL teams - CBSSports.com
With a week until free agency begins it's time to take a look at best fits for some of the pending free agents.

Top 17 free-agent receivers - NFL.com
The crop of free-agent receivers is deep this offseason. Around The NFL's Marc Sessler ranks the top available pass-catchers and lists the best team fits for Randall Cobb and Torrey Smith.

Maurice Jones-Drew announces his retirement - NFL.com
Maurice Jones-Drew has decided to walk away from the game. The nine-year running back spent eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and played last year for the Oakland Raiders.

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers strike extension - NFL.com
The Carolina Panther signed veteran tight end Greg Olsen to a three-year, $22.5 million contract that will keep the pass-catcher in Charlotte through the 2018 season.

Seattle eyeing Packers’ Tramon Williams - Seattle - Scout
With Byron Maxwell expected to field offers of 10+ million a year, the Seahawks are almost surely going to have to find a new fourth member of the Legion of Boom through free agency and the 2015 draft. Could John Schneider go back to his Green Bay roots to find a replacement?

Darnell Dockett choosing rival San Francisco 49ers no coincidence - ESPN
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Defensive end Darnell Dockett, a pillar of the Cardinals’ defense for the past 11 seasons, has made up his mind where he will pl

Darnell Dockett signing with 49ers an endorsement for Jim Tomsula - ESPN
The new 49ers coach showed he has recruiting ability by signing Dockett away from a division rival.

Turbin says he's ready to compete for starting role if Lynch isn't back - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks running back Robert Turbin says that being next up on the depth chart doesn't necessarily mean that he -- or third-stringer Christian Michael, for that matter -- will be handed the starting job if Marshawn Lynch isn't back. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Reports: Free-agent CB Cary Williams visiting Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Multiple reports state that free-agent cornerback Cary Williams, who was released earlier this week by Philadelphia, is visiting with the Seahawks on Thursday. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Thursday Round-Up: Who are the best free-agent fits for the Seahawks?
A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks' 2015 Free Agents: Offense
A detailed look at which Seahawks offensive players are slated to hit the open market when NFL free agency opens on March 10.

Vince Wilfork option declined by New England Patriots - ESPN Boston
Veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork tweeted Thursday that the New England Patriots have informed him they will not be picking up the option in his contract, thus making him a free agent when the league year begins March 10.

Scenario: What if there’s a first round rush on cornerbacks? | Seahawks Draft Blog
On top of the interest in Cary Williams, Bob McGinn is reporting that the Seahawks are interested in Green Bay’s Tramon Williams (set to hit the open market on Tuesday).

Experts try the near-impossible, predict Seahawks’ top draft pick for 2015 | Q13 FOX News

Visits Tracker: Cary Williams meeting with Seahawks - NFL.com
Cornerback Cary Williams is set to meet with the Seattle Seahawks. Could the former Eagle be a potential replacement for Byron Maxwell?

Cary Williams visits Seahawks as Byron Maxwell makes ESPN media tour | The Seattle Times
Veteran cornerback Cary Williams is visiting the Seahawks Thursday as Byron Maxwell makes an ESPN media tour that seems to reinforce the notion he won't be returning to Seattle.

Carson Palmer says he’ll be ready for the start of training camp | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals were rolling last year until they ran out of quarterbacks. But they had some good news Thursday, as the best one of the lot said he planned on being ready for the start of the 2015 season.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall's Super Bowl prediction - NFL Videos

Five possible mentors for some of the draft's troubled prospects - NFL.com
An ideal cure for rookie immaturity can be the right mentor within an NFL locker room. Here are five NFL coaches or veterans who could be a strong match for a draft pick with off-field questions.

Tony “The Tongan” Moeaki | National Football Post

Eagles to give restricted free agent Chris Polk a low tender, opening door for team to sign him away | NJ.com
Last season the Eagles used a backfield of LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles and Chris Polk.