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Best & Worst 2015: The Worst Running Back 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. Here are my selections for the worst contracts at the running back position.

‘The Grantland NFL Podcast’: Adopting Other Sports Rules «

How QB Sam Bradford will fit the Eagles offense under Chip Kelly | The MMQB with Peter King
Editor’s note: This is part of our summer series, The MMQB 100, counting down the most influential people for the 2015 season. A March 12 tweet from The Onion: “The trade for Sam Bradford proves the Eagles aren’t afraid of shaking up their injury report.

Jaguars say Bortles suffered from a dead arm late last year | ProFootballTalk
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles struggled through a rough rookie season, but the team expects much more of a fresh Bortles this year. Jacksonville General Manager Dave Caldwell told USA Today that by the end of last season, Bortles was worn down and had a "dead arm.

Drew Brees thinks opposing defenses will have “too many things to think about” | ProFootballTalk
Saints quarterback Drew Brees said recently that the team has "all the pieces in place" to be the best team that he's been on in New Orleans and he explained a bit more about why he feels that way on the offensive side of the ball during an appearance on ESPN Baton Rouge this week.

Ranking the best backup quarterback situations in the NFL -
Backup quarterbacks are often overlooked, but they're also incredibly important when called upon. Here are the teams that are set up to succeed even if they lose their starters.

Who's under the most pressure as we enter 2015? -
Everyone is under pressure in the NFL at all times. But who are the players and coaches facing the most heat as a new season dawns? Around The NFL highlights six in need of a big 2015.

Suspension fallout: Assessing the damage -
Sheldon Richardson and Antonio Gates were two of the four players that the NFL suspended on Thursday. Chris Wesseling explores how the suspensions will impact New York, San Diego, Dallas and Green Bay.

WATCH: Russell Wilson tries to play cornerback, almost wipes out -
Russell Wilson should probably stick to playing quarterback.

Thursday notes: Seahawks escape suspension binge, ranks Carroll, and more | The Seattle Times
The NFL is notorious for its Friday afternoon dumps of bad news. With today essentially being a Friday --- a Thursday heading into what amounts to a three-day weekend ---...

Finding the Fits: Rams hoping Jamon Brown provides 'iron' at RG -
If No. 10 overall pick Todd Gurley is going to provide Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams an Eddie George-like presence in the running game as the club hopes, he'll need help from an offensive line expected to field three new starters in 2015, which may very well include Brown (predominately a tackle at Louisville) inside at right guard.

Seattle Seahawks all-time team: Quarterbacks - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News names Seattle Seahawks’ Pete Carroll league’s No. 2 head coach - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News

Big expectations for Tyler Lockett - Seattle - Scout
The rookie's quickness and route-running has captured the attention of head coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks during the offseason but it is his ability as a returner that earned him recognition as Seattle's "Best Fit" for NFLDraftScout and

Cary Williams: A Football Story - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Cary Williams brings years of experience to the Seattle Seahawks roster, playing on four teams and winning a Super Bowl.

Inside Slant: Without a cap, how about $300 million for Wilson? - NFL Nation - ESPN
Imagine what kind of contracts Russell Wilson and Dez Bryant would command if there was no salary cap in the NFL.

Archer gets another shot at the NFL with Seahawks - The Daily Progress: Local
The former Albemarle High School standout balanced playing the indoor game with having a full-time position in advertising sales. Then things took a sudden turn earlier this year.

NFC West Q&A: What moves were made to catch Seattle Seahawks? - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
NFC West writers debate how the Cardinals, Rams and 49ers made moves to try to close the gap.

Salary cap cruel to superstars like Russell Wilson, LeBron James
Let's talk about the myth that superstar athletes in the NFL and NBA are compensated fairly. The truth is, the best players in those leagues are grossly underpaid because of the salary cap. For Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, that's a bad system.

Russell Wilson’s agent cares about one stat: Wins | ProFootballTalk
In addition to the two reasons mentioned earlier on Wednesday for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to do a new deal by September, there's a third potential benefit: Ending the potential distraction coming from his unsettled status.

Super Bowl betting odds: Packers surpass Seahawks as early favorites -
The Green Bay Packers have moved ahead of the Seattle Seahawks as the preseason favorite in the odds to win Super Bowl 50.

NFL: Seven players declared eligible for 2015 Supplemental Draft -
NFL teams looking for help will get one more opportunity with seven players officially granted eligibility by the league for this year's Supplemental Draft, scheduled for next Thursday, July 9. Former Clemson left tackle Isaiah Battle is the only surefire pick but a few of the others could draw interest, as well.

Packers buy in to science of modern NFL - Green Bay Packers Blog - ESPN
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Maybe you've seen the picture from Super Bowl I, when Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson was photographed in full uniform, sitting on a chair in the locker room and taking a drag off a cigarette during halftime of the game against the Green Bay Packers.

Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley one of the best MLBs in football - Baltimore Beatdown
Scout.compublished an article looking at the top 5 ILB/MLBs in football for the 2015 season. The Ravens and fans should be proud to see Baltimore Raven C.J. Mosley not only included on the list but...

49ers' cap outlook depends on Kap's performance | NFL | Sporting News

Palm City agent Mark Rodgers finds himself in NFL spotlight - TC Palm
Rodgers represents Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson