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Best & Worst 2015: The Worst Quarterback Contracts - Over the Cap
For the last two seasons I have done a summer “Best and Worst” contracts for each team in the NFL, but I decided this year to put that on hold since it recycles so many players and instead take a positional approach to the concept. So during the course of the summer I’ll do my choices for the top three and bottom three contracts at each position from a team perspective. As usual the rules are no rookie contracts allowed in the selection.

Business of NFL: The curious case of Sam Bradford’s contract | The MMQB with Peter King
No team was more active this offseason than the Eagles. Once he became armed with the power to reshape the roster fully in his image, Chip Kelly went to work with abandon, replacing most of his skill players and jettisoning some who didn’t fully “buy in” to the culture.

Russell Wilson leaving Seattle in 2016 is a real possibility | ProFootballTalk
Russell Wilson surely wants to be the highest paid player in the NFL. And he almost surely will be, at least until Andrew Luck or someone else sets the ever-rising bar even higher.

Dan Quinn says he was joking about Herschel Walker | ProFootballTalk
Well, there went the plot for a potential Disney movie. Falcons coach Dan Quinn says he was joking when he recently suggested that the team would be interested in 53-year-old running back Herschel Walker, who continues to say he could still play in the NFL.

Todd Gurley to meet with Dr. Andrews in a couple of weeks | ProFootballTalk
Rams running back Todd Gurley said recently that he thought it was "pretty realistic" that his torn ACL would be sufficiently healed to allow him to get on the field during training camp. He should have a better idea of how realistic pretty soon.

49ers send a simple, strong message in wake of gay marriage ruling | ProFootballTalk
On a landmark day for the rights of homosexuals in America, one player chose to make it a negative. One team chose to make it a celebration. The 49ers just tweeted out a simple message in the wake of today's Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, their logo in white over a rainbow flag, with th...

Pre-training camp defensive grades -
Dave Richard says Fantasy Football is all about the matchups, but which matchups are good or bad? Here are his pre-training camp defensive grades.

The pros and cons of extending Nick Foles - NFL
As the Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson continue to try to find middle ground on a contract extension (one that will take him from the game's best bargain to one of its highest-paid players), another negotiation involving an NFC West quarterback looks ready to commence.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders says New England Patriots shouldn't be recognized Super Bowl champions for cheating
Speaking to a group of kids at a football camp Thursday, Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders said the Patriots should not be regarded as champions because of their role in Deflategate.

NFL requests proposals from temporary L.A. venues -
The process of football returning to Los Angeles took another step forward this week as the NFL issued multiple proposal requests to potential temporary venues.

Who will get a better deal: Cam or Russell? -
Russell Wilson's contract negotiations with the Seahawks have stalled, but the wait may be worth it. Can the Super Bowl champion land a bigger contract that Cam Newton?

Top 15 worst moves in Northwest sports | Sportspress Northwest
Some sports list-makers claim the Seahawks' final Super Bowl pass was the worst move in sports history. But it's only No. 3 on Howie Stalwick's Northwest list.

Behind Enemy Lines: A pre-training camp look at the Arizona Cardinals - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The editor of Raising Zona drops in and answers some questions on the Arizona Cardinals and expectations for the 2015 season.

Behind Enemies Lines: A Pre-Training Camp look at the San Francisco 49ers - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
With training camp for the Seattle Seahawks approaching, I brought in an expert to answer some questions on the San Francisco 49ers.

Will Jimmy Graham’s Blocking be an Issue in Seattle? | Football Film Room
The Seahawks made a huge splash this offseason when they acquired tight end Jimmy Graham from the Saints. Graham will undoubtedly improve the Seahawks’ passing game, especially when it comes to 3rd down and red zone situations. The question that has continually been asked, though, is how will Graham fare in a run-first offense considering…

Cliff Avril supports Michael Bennett’s quest for new contract | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett wants a new contract, only one year after signing his most recent deal. Teammate Cliff Avril fully supports Bennett's effort to get paid. "Me and Mike talk pretty often actually," Avril told SiriusXM NFL Radio, via

Seahawks' Frank Clark regrets way UM career ended
By Josh Katzenstein The Detroit News Berea, Ohio — Before this year's NFL draft, there was a wide range of predictions for when — or if — former

Hundreds Gather to see the Seahawks at Performance Park | News Photos |
Scenes from the Seattle Seahawks 12 Tour stop at Performance Park in Yakima, Wash. on June 25, 2015. Seahawks Chris Matthews and Jimmy Staten, along with members of the Sea

Seahawks mailbag: Questions on futures of Bevell and Mebane, and more | The Seattle Times
In our latest Seahawks mailbag are questions about Darrell Bevell, Jimmy Graham and the receiver and tight end positions.

Friday Round-Up: Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham Among NFL's Most Fascinating Players Of 2015 | Seattle Seahawks
A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Percy Harvin: I'll be more than 'just a gadget guy' -
On his fourth team in as many season, Percy Harvin vows that he'll play outside the slot more often in Buffalo. Will the Bills' new wideout finally reinvent himself?

Making the Leap: Taylor Lewan, Chance Warmack -
Taylor Lewan and Chance Warmack showed major improvement during a difficult season for the Titans in 2014. Can these two linemen make a name for themselves in 2015?

Which QBs will win starting jobs this summer?
The Bears seemingly ended their would-be quarterback competition before it really started by naming Jay Cutler the starter, but other teams are in more open-ended situations. Here are some quick takes and predictions on some of the battles this summer.

Grady Jarrett, Jay Ajayi are Day 3 NFL Draft picks to watch in training camp -
There are plenty of late-round picks worth paying attention to as they battle for starting roles in training camp.

Agent doesn’t deny notion that Russell Wilson wants to be NFL’s highest-paid player | ProFootballTalk
"Go 'Hawks," indeed. As Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson enters the final year of his rookie contract, the team and Wilson's agent have embarked on an awkward negotiation that could result in Wilson leaving the Seahawks.