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Single Season Yards From Scrimmage Over “Worst Starter” Baseline
Yesterday, we looked at the career leaders in yards from scrimmage over “worst starter.” Today, let’s look at the single-season list.

The Panthers Just Gave Cam Newton $100 Million, But How Will They Protect Their Investment? «
You could say that Cam Newton was smiling like someone who’d just (potentially) made more than $100 million, but really, he was smiling the way Cam Newton is always smiling. After rumblings about a new deal started earlier this week, the Panthers finally handed Newton the massive extension: $103.76 million over five years, including a $67.6 million payout in the first three years, according to Adam Schefter, who also reported that with a $22.5 million signing bonus, a roster bonus, and his base salary, Newton will make $31 million this season.

Going From Great to Greater: Who Could Be the NFL’s Steph Curry? «
Before he was a defense-destroying heat-check monster winning the MVP and pacing the best team in basketball, Steph Curry was only a defense-destroying heat-check monster making All-Star teams and owning one of the best contracts in the NBA. Curry’s leap was undeniably impressive and fun as hell, but it wasn’t all that hard to believe. Look back to the Curry of two years ago, add in a couple of seasons of steady improvement, an offensively progressive coaching change, and the continued development of a finely tuned supporting cast, and the Curry of today makes sense.'

Seahawks feeling salary cap pinch with Wilson, Bennett in search of big paydays | NFL | Sporting News
Everyone knows the success of the Seahawks in the draft, but eventually every draft pick must be paid and that has left Seattle with the challenge of allocating salary cap dollars to maximize the talent on the roster. With a number of contract questions facing the Seahawks — most notably, quarterbakc Russell Wilson — they'll need to be mindful of their salary cap limits in 2015 as they plan their course of action.

Overpaid or underpaid? Taking stock of the quarterbacks in the $100M club | SI.com
On Monday, Cam Newton became the latest quarterback to join the $100 million club. Newton's new deal (five years, worth up to $103M and $60M guranteed) puts him in the upper echelon alongside other well-paid signal-callers, including Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Jay Cutler, Tony Romo and Joe Flacco. Is Newton worth the cash? Are any of the $100M QBs?

Yikes: Zac Stacy looks back on his infamous draft day tweet | SI.com
On the opening night of the 2015 NFL draft in Chicago, there was no bigger curveball thrown in the first 10 picks than when the St. Louis Rams turned in their card with the name of running back Todd Gurley on it, making the still-rehabilitating University of Georgia star the league’s highest drafted rusher in three years.

Raiders adding journeyman wide receiver Kris Durham | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders continue to tweak and fiddle with their roster, adding a veteran receiver after losing one of their rookies to injury. According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, the Raiders are signing Kris Durham.

Key to the franchise: The NFC's most influential figures, team-by-team - CBSSports.com
Who will set the tone for each NFC franchise in 2015? Here is the most influential figure for each of the 16 teams.

Weakest defensive position groups - NFL.com
The Raiders' defensive line could be in trouble with veteran Justin Tuck leading the charge. So is the Patriots' revamped cornerback group. Which position groups look the most unfinished?

Rams waive Bud Sasser due to medical condition - NFL.com
A health condition ended Rams rookie wideout Bud Sasser's career in St. Louis before it got a chance to begin.

Special NFL owners meeting on L.A. set for Aug. 11 | HeraldNet.com - Sports
CHICAGO — NFL owners will hold a special meeting about a potential relocation of a team or teams to Los Angeles on Aug. 11 in Chicago.The need for...

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell: Jimmy Graham “will be huge for us” in the red zone | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

Man Or Zone? Does Your Receiver Know? - FirstDown PlayBook
We had a question the other day about one of our pass play drawings. A Youth Football coach asked us about the way we draw some of our Receiver route adjustments. His first question was “How does a Wide Receiver know when to stay on the move with his route vs hooking up in an area for the QB?” His second question was “How do you keep the QB and Receiver on the same page?”

NFL rookie contracts have changed how agents do business with players | The MMQB with Peter King
Simplifying the contracts of first-year players has had unintended consequences, especially for agents. Plus, five thoughts on Cam Newton’s new deal and the ultimate irony of Adrian Peterson’s Twitter rant

8 things we learned from Wednesday’s Seahawks Town Hall | Seattle Seahawks
A packed house at Seattle’s Cinerama Theater greeted Seahawks coach Pete Carroll with a standing ovation during Wednesday night’s Seahawks Town Hall. But for Carroll the night was more about showing love to those fans than receiving it.

Seahawks Town Hall (6/3/2015) information gleaned (Cable, Seto, Carroll) : Seahawks
Tom, Rocky and Pete are all quoted here, these are their words until the end when I give my thoughts.

Looking back: 12 memorable moments in Seahawks history | FOX Sports
From the first game in the Kingdome to the hoisting of the Lombardi Tropy, let's relive the highlights.

Here's what CEOs, founders can learn from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll - GeekWire
Pete Carroll was looking for answers. It was 1999, and he had just been fired as the head coach of the New England Patriots after two-straight mediocre seasons. That followed another firing four years earlier after one year leading the New York Jets to a 6-10 record.

8 Seahawks in CBS Sports’ Top 100 NFL players - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks have a league-best eight players ranked in the NFL’s Top 100 by CBSSports.com.

The Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom is battling to overcome injuries - NFL Nation - ESPN
The Legion of Boom begins preparations for the 2015 season as the Legion of Bruised.

Thursday Round-Up: Seahawks FS Earl Thomas Is One Of The NFL's Best Teammates | Seattle Seahawks
A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Jimmy Graham, Russell Wilson team up at Seattle Seahawks OTAs - NFL - SI.com
Triston Wade is an undrafted rookie free agent; a 5'11", 185-pound free safety out of Texas-San Antonio who's trying to make the Seattle Seahawks' roster. And it's safe to say he's probably going to have nightmares about covering teammate Jimmy Graham as part of Seattle's second team during red-zone drills at the team's minicamp practice today.

Thursday notes: Pete Carroll says Seahawks’ depth could be the best it has been | The Seattle Times
Here are some highlights of what was said at the Seahawks' Town Hall meeting Wednesday night.

Seahawks Town Hall | Seattle Seahawks
Rewatch the entire Seahawks Town Hall from Cinerama as coach Pete Carroll talks about his philosphy, while Tom Cable and Rocky Seto provide insight into the Seahawks offense and defense.