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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

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Thank goodness it's TGIF!

The impact of GM job security on decision-making in the cap carryover era - Over the Cap
The job description of an NFL general manager lends itself to contradiction. On one hand, a GM is responsible for keeping both the present and future of the franchise in mind when making decisions. But GM’s know that if they aren’t successful today then they won’t be around for the future.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Quarterbacks and Salary
Every year, multiple teams in the league have to answer the question of "what is a player's value to our organization?" It's not an easy question for any position, but when it comes to quarterbacks, there doesn't seem to be a rational approach to determining that amount.

Which NFL Teams Have Improved the Most so Far This Offseason? | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Every NFL Team's Most Positive Training-Camp Dilemma | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

The most hated people, places and things in the NFL |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

Key Rams for 2015: Offensive tackle Greg Robinson - St. Louis Rams Blog - ESPN
Despite starting just 12 NFL games, Robinson is the second-most experienced projected starter on the team's offensive line going into the year.

49ers training camp preview: Defensive line | CSN Bay Area
Will Arik Armstead have a prominent role as a rookie? Who will start? Matt Maiocco explores the possibilities...

John Carlson: Abrupt retirement about more than concussions | ProFootballTalk
Of all this offseason's surprise retirements, John Carlson's wasn't the most surprising. He's 31 years old, and had some concussion issues in the past. But he also was feeling fine, had a secure job with the Cardinals if he wanted it, and a $1 million salary.

Patriots get in on the virtual reality action | ProFootballTalk
The jokes will write themselves. But we'll still perhaps write one or two of them. The Patriots have joined the virtual reality craze. To the extent that four of 32 NFL teams constitutes a craze. (Now that the Patriots have embraced it, a true craze it soon will be.

George Atallah on Brady settlement talks: I wish I could provide more details | ProFootballTalk
The latest twist in the long-running wait for a decision on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension is that Brady and the league have had talks about a settlement that would provide a final answer about his availability for the start of the season.

Throwback Thursday: Watch Russell Wilson dominate in high school -
Watch Russell Wilson tear up the field when he was in high school.

2015 San Francisco 49ers training camp preview - San Francisco 49ers Blog - ESPN
Although the Niners suffered a mass exodus during the offseason, GM Trent Baalke insists his team is reloading, rather than rebuilding.

Debating Russell Wilson's place in QB Tier rankings - NFL
Was Russell Wilson slighted in the 2015 QB Tier Rankings? Our insiders break down Wilson's game and debate whether he belongs among the NFL's best at the position.

NFL Nation's training camp previews: NFC
Our NFL Nation reporters put together a look at the top training camp storylines, battles to watch and more for every NFL team.

Packers DT Letroy Guion facing three-game suspension -
The Packers could be without defensive tackle Letroy Guion for the first three games of the season, Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. The eighth-year defender plans to appeal the ban.

Tom Brady leads merchandise sales for first time -
Tom Brady's tumultuous offseason has sparked a massive reaction from Patriots fans -- and their wallets. Brady currently leads the NFL in player merchandise sales for the first time in his career.

Michael Vick tweets workout video -
Veteran quarterback Michael Vick took to social media on Thursday to show that he still has what it takes to play in the NFL. Take a look at what he posted.

Your 2015 Seahawks Jersey-Buying Guide - Dave Krieg's Strike Beard
With another Seahawks Training Camp looming, it’s once again time for that annual DKSB tradition: The Jersey-Buying Guide. First, the usual general information and admonitions:

Jerome Bettis says Marshawn Lynch is current player most like himself - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Jerome Bettis told the media today that Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is the current NFL player most like him. Jerome Bettis Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sport

Marshawn Lynch: Setting expectations for the 2015 season - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Marshawn Lynch got the new contract he wanted from the Seattle Seahawks. Now he's ready to go Beast Mode all over Seattle's opponents. The running back is

Talking Seattle Seahawks on a Patriots Podcast
Dan Viens from joins the Real C&C Podcast to talk Seattle Seahawks and the NFC West and Super Bowl XLIX with a couple of Patriot fans.

Why didn't Russell Wilson crack the first tier of ESPN's QB rankings? - Brock and Salk | 710 ESPN Seattle
ESPN NFL columnist Mike Sando explained to 'Brock and Salk' why a panel of 35 NFL insiders decided on Russell Wilson as the only the eighth-best quarterback in the league despite taking the Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowls. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Happy birthday, K.J. Wright! | Seattle Seahawks
Versatile Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright turns 26 today.

First-round bust turned leading receiver? A look at one of the Seahawks’ successful reclamation projects | Seattle Seahawks
Part 3 of our series on training camp surprises focuses on Mike Williams, who in 2010 went from bust to big-time receiver with the Seahawks.

Seahawks’ camp countdown: Will Tyler Lockett revive the return game? | The Seattle Times
Training camp begins July 31. In our countdown, we’ll answer a key question every day until the Hawks are back on the field at the team’s facility in Renton.

Thursday Round-Up: Will a Rookie Revive the Return Game? | Seattle Seahawks
A daily link round-up of what’s “out there” about your Seattle Seahawks.

2015 Seattle Seahawks training camp preview - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks open training camp on July 31 at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington. Here's a closer look at the Seahawks camp, which wraps up on Aug. 19.

LOOK: The Cardinals absolutely destroy the Browns on Twitter -
Two NFL teams got into it today on Twitter. The Cardinals won.

Earl Thomas “not sure” he’ll play Week One - Seattle - Scout
A report from ESPN cast doubt on whether Seattle's All-Pro free safety will be available for Week One of the regular season. Where does Thomas stand now and who might get the call to replace him should his surgically-repaired shoulder keep him sidelined for longer than the Seahawks anticipated?

Good agents do a lot more than negotiate contracts | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung has made the personal decision not to use an agent for his next contract negotiation. His first-person article for Derek Jeter's website at one point seems to suggest that this may not be the right decision for every player, but seems to end with a call to all play...

The Top 5 Edge Players in the NFL | National Football Post

The Best Corners in the NFL | National Football Post

The NFL’s Top 5 Defensive Tackles | National Football Post