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Russell Wilson on Seahawks contract: "I believe it’s going to work out. I want to be here for a long time." | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Russell Wilson says he hopes to sign a new contract that will keep him with the Seahawks for "a long time." He says nothing has discouraged him from believing that will happen.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson may be helped in contract talks by Cam Newton’s new deal | The Seattle Times
Newton is receiving an average of $20.8 million in the five years of the extension, which according to NFL.com ties him with Atlanta’s Matt Ryan as the NFL’s third-highest paid player on a per-year basis behind Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers ($22 million) and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger ($21.6 million).

Five takeaways from Seahawks OTAs: Jimmy Graham dominates the red zone and other Tuesday practice observations | Seattle Seahawks
When the Seahawks acquired tight end Jimmy Graham in a blockbuster trade this offseason, Pete Carroll immediately noted Graham’s red zone success when explaining the thinking behind the deal.

Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham putting on a show at Seahawks OTAs - NFL Videos
Jimmy Graham put on a show in his first public appearance in front of the media at OTAs. Graham says he is very impressed with the Seahawks personnel.

Seattle Seahawks OTAs notebook: Earl Thomas takes mental reps; Jimmy Graham impresses in red zone - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was in uniform for the team’s organized team activities (OTA) workout on Tuesday. Though he didn’t take part in drills after undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason, the 26-year-old looked to be taking some of the most intense mental reps in the history of football, which is simply par for the course for Thomas.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson ‘focused on football,’ not contract negotiaions, as OTAs roll on - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Speaking to the media for the first time since the days following Seattle’s Super Bowl XLIX defeat, Settle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said his focus remains on the field, and not on his contract situation, after organized team activities (OTAs) at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton on Tuesday.

Very un-OTA-like hoo-ha at Seahawks HQ for Russell Wilson today | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

RENTON: Surgery-free — for a change — Kam Chancellor savoring ‘my strongest offseason’ | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seahawks’ ultra-respected, hard-hitting safety needed only rest to heal a torn medial collateral ligament in his knee he got two days before February’s Super Bowl. He’s feeling so good, he’s been playing pickup basketball with teammates back in his native Virginia.

Russell Wilson on his contract situation: "I want to be here for a long time" | The Seattle Times
Here's a transcript of all that Seattle QB Russell Wilson had to say today about his ongoing contract negotiations.

Video: Russell Wilson says he's ready to play final year of contract - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Russell Wilson met with the media after Tuesday's OTA to discuss contract negotiations with the Seahawks and working with new tight end Jimmy Graham. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Cromartie to Sherman: If you’re the best corner, cover the best receiver | ProFootballTalk
In the past, there have been verbal battles between Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis about which of them is the best cornerback in the NFL. Those arguments have faded out, but one of Revis's teammates with the Jets is fanning the flames with Sherman.

LISTEN: Jets' Antonio Cromartie rips Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman | NJ.com
"I'd tell him to go play in a defense where you don't have two All-Pro safeties," Cromartie said.

VIDEO: Seahawks' Derrick Coleman talks about life as a deaf NFL player | FOX Sports

Five quick hits from Seahawks’ Tuesday OTA | The Seattle Times
Here are five quick highlights from the Seahawks' OTA today.

Seattle Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor says knee injury hurt his Super Bowl XLIX performance - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
"It affected me a lot," Chancellor said on 710 ESPN Seattle radio’s "Brock and Salk" show. "As much as I tried not to show and, you know, play through it, it was hard. And me playing in that brace, that brace was hard to move laterally and the knee just felt wobbly the whole game like it didn’t have any type of stability to it."

Prisco's Top 100 - CBSSports.com
Yeah, quarterbacks rule, but the best player in the NFL universe entering the 2015 season is a once-in-a-generation defensive star.

Gut Check No.332: UDFAs to Monitor & Why You Should Care | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
A look at undrafted free agents you should be monitoring in daily, re-draft, and dynasty leagues. WHY THE UDFA IS A VICTIM OF THE NFL PRACTICE SYSTEM Undrafted free agents (UDFAs) are among the least likely subgroups of rookies to experience success in football, much less make an impact as a first-year fantasy commodity. The…

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All-Free Agent Team (Special Teams) | National Football Post

Colts sign tight end Sean McGrath, cut tight end Jean Sifrin | National Football Post

Anquan Boldin Q&A: Looking Toward the Future After a Tumultuous Offseason | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Does Off-Field Friendship Between NFL QBs and WRs Lead to On-Field Success? | Bleacher Report
Geno Smith and Brandon Marshall have their last, best hope in each other.

Which teams gained and lost the most rushing production this off-season? | SI.com

The NFL has become more of a passer-friendly league in the last 15 years, a progression that has coincided with the devaluation of the individual contributors to a team's ground game. No running backs were selected in the first round of the NFL draft in 2013 or 2014, the first two-year drought at the position in league history.

Off-season Snaps: Where does NFL stand 100 days out from first kickoff? | SI.com
Musings, observations and the occasional insight 100 days out from the showcase that will be the NFL’s 2015 regular-season opener, Pittsburgh at New England, on Sept. 10 in Foxboro...

Chip Kelly has always disliked "jingle-footed" running backs | ProFootballTalk
LeSean McCoy thinks Chip Kelly's decision to trade him out of Philadelphia had something to do with the color of his skin. But perhaps it is actually about the jingle of his feet. As noted by Matt Lombardo of NJ.

Cardinals experimenting with no-huddle offense in OTAs | ProFootballTalk
Getting Carson Palmer healthy again is obviously the best thing that could happen for the Cardinals Offense. But having guys in place for several years in a row should also allow them to diversify.

Goodell reconfirms that the door is open for Tom Brady to give up his phone | ProFootballTalk
As expected, Commissioner Roger Goodell won't be stepping aside from the appeal of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension. As suspected, Goodell may be trying to find a way to reduce the suspension by finding that Brady belatedly cooperated in full with the investigation.

Bruce Miller pleads no contest to disturbing the peace | ProFootballTalk
49ers fullback Bruce Miller pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor disturbing the peace charge on Tuesday to resolve a case that began when Miller was arrested in March after an argument with his fiancee in the parking garage in Santa Clara.

Marvin Lewis: PAT change is bigger than people understand | ProFootballTalk
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis says the new extra point rule is a bigger deal than people think. Lewis says that making extra point kicks 13 yards longer is significant, especially in bad weather.