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Free Agency, and the Most Improved Teams
There are a lot of articles out there that suggests free agency is over-rated (as usual, Neil Paine has one of the better ones). But today I want to look at the question from a different perspective: instead of looking at how teams who are active in free agency have fared, what is we look at what free agent veterans were added by the teams that improved the most?

The 2014 Class of Rookie Wide Receivers
In December, I provided a quick look at rookie receiving production, and noted that an unusually large amount of receiving yards had come from first-year players. In that study, I lumped all rookies together, but today, the focus will be on only wide receivers.

2015 Rookie Scouting Portfolio Now Available | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
The 2015 Rookie Scouting Portfolio is ready for download. "You won't find a better resource. Matt Waldman delivers. Period. Cannot recommend more highly." - Bob Harris, FSTA Hall of Famer

The unlikely friendship between a Chargers scout and Walter Payton | The MMQB with Peter King
Kevin Kelly was 17 years old when he met Walter Payton. It was 1982, and the Bears running back had just finished his seventh NFL season—at age 27 already the fifth-leading rusher in NFL history.

The MMQB Podcast with Andy Benoit - NFL Draft: Tight Ends & Safeties | The MMQB with Peter King
Andy chats with Greg Cosell about tight ends and safeties in this year's draft, and discusses the situation with Chuck Pagano and the Colts

Marcus Mariota and More: Each NFL Team's Odds of Drafting a Quarterback | Bleacher Report
It's roughly 99 percent certain that the Buccaneers will draft a quarterback on the last weekend of April. It's also about 99 percent certain that the Seahawks will not draft a quarterback...

NFL draft: Laken Tomlinson tops offensive guard rankings - NFL -
Laken Tomlinson is the class of the 2015 NFL draft at offensive guard, but who else will catch the eye of teams looking for interior line play?

2015 NFL draft rankings: Phillip Dorsett, Tyler Lockett, more - NFL -
With the 2015 NFL draft fast approaching, it’s time for all 32 NFL teams to start getting their draft boards in order and ranking players based on their own preferences. At SI, it’s time for us to do that as well. To that end, Doug Farrar and Chris Burke have assembled their own definitive Big Board, consisting of the players they feel deserve to be selected in the first two rounds.

Bears sign RB Jacquizz Rodgers | ProFootballTalk
The Bears secured a contender for a reserve role in their backfield Tuesday, signing tailback Jacquizz Rodgers, the club said. Rodgers, 25, has played the last four seasons with Atlanta, rushing 305 times for 1,116 yards and five touchdowns and catching 155 passes for 1,104 yards and five TDs.

Cardinals sign Chandler Harnish | ProFootballTalk
The Arizona Cardinals have added an extra arm to their roster with Carson Palmer still recovering from an ACL tear. The Cardinals signed former Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Chandler Harnish to a one-year deal on Tuesday.

Musings: Who should start for 7 teams with shakiest QB situations -
If you don't have a franchise QB in today's NFL, you're in trouble. How much? We assess who should start for the 7 teams with the shakiest QB situations.

2015 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Gregory stays at No. 5 despite positive test -
Randy Gregory admits testing positive for pot at the combine, but edge pass rushers are too valuable for the Redskins to pass up at No. 5.

Transactions Roundup: Colts ink WR Vincent Brown -
The Indianapolis Colts signed receiver Vincent Brown. The 49ers added linebacker Desmond Bishop. And the Cardinals signed quarterback Chandler Harnish, among other Tuesday transactions.

Jacquizz Rodgers signs deal with Chicago Bears -
Jacquizz Rogers has found a new gig. The 25-year-old running back has signed a deal with the Chicago Bears, the team announced on Tuesday.

The 25 NFL players with the biggest contracts - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
It’s the talk of the town: Will Russell Wilson become the highest-paid player in the NFL when the Seattle Seahawks, as expected, sign him to a contract extension this offseason?

Aloha: Russell Wilson’s offseason workouts apparently in Hawaii; OL coach Cable at FSU pro day | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

Arizona Cardinals' Bruce Arians wants structure for Daryl Washington - ESPN
"I really can’t even talk about Daryl," Arians said. "He’s not even a part of our team, so there’s no sense in talking about him."

San Francisco 49ers re-sign ILB Desmond Bishop - ESPN
Depth at inside linebacker became a focal point for the San Francisco 49ers since the unexpected dual retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland in a six-day window earlier this month.

Seahawks Support Autism Awareness Month | Seattle Seahawks
CenturyLink Field arches will be blue on April 2 for World Autism Awareness Day.

Luke Willson Excited About Seahawks’ Two Tight End Package " CBS Seattle
"I think that our two tight end package is really going to put a lot of pressure on defenses. Because again, I feel like I’m a kind of guy who can definitely stretch the seam and run pretty well. And also you got a guy as big as Jimmy Graham and as talented as he is — I mean everyone on defense is going to know where Jimmy Graham is at all times.

Who do mock drafts see the Seahawks getting at No. 63? | The Seattle Times
Here's a look at who a few mock drafts have the Seahawks taking with the No. 63 overall pick.

Raiders release Antonio Smith | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders added several free agents in an attempt to solidify their defense last season, but the results weren't what Oakland hoped. The team finished last in the league in points allowed on their way to another losing season and another offseason spent bringing in new faces while getting rid ...

Chip Kelly targeting injured players - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly isn't afraid to acquire previously injured players because of his belief in sports science and nutrition.