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Explaining Free Agent and Contract Terms - Over the Cap
In the last few days I’ve been getting a number of questions regarding NFL free agency and some of the particulars regarding certain contract mechanisms and free agent status. So I thought this might be a good time to update some explanations about some of the contract terms you see on OTC or hear about when reading up on the NFL. If you have any further questions let me know and I’ll be more than happy to try to explain.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Super Bowl Wrap-Up
With Sunday's win over the Panthers, the Broncos are officially world champions. It feels weird for me to say that, because they had by far the worst offensive line of the teams I covered this year, and the other two teams (Dallas and Cleveland) will be picking in the top five of this year's draft. That's not to say that the Broncos are undeserving or any nonsense like that, it's just weird having watched a pretty mediocre unit (and you could throw in the backfield and tight ends along with the offensive line in that assessment) so often and then seeing them walk away with the Lombardi Trophy.

NFL Mock Draft Version 3.0 - Mock Drafts -
Josh Norris' third mock draft of the offseason answers the question, "What happens if the teams in the top 10 find quarterbacks before the NFL Draft?"

Hall of Fame voters definitely blocked T.O. for being “so disruptive” | ProFootballTalk
It was widely believed that the Hall of Fame voters passed over receiver Terrell Owens ostensibly because of his reputation for divisiveness, even if the truth is that they were merely respecting a de facto waiting line that called for Marvin Harrison making it before Owens.

Fantasy Football: Our first mock draft of 2016 -
Antonio Brown was the No. 1 overall pick, but where did the running backs go in the first round? What about Cam Newton and Rob Gronkowski? Jamey Eisenberg looks at our first mock draft of the year.

Five rookies ready to pop in Year 2 - NFL
Which rookies are ready to take their games to the next level? Matt Bowen highlights five players, including Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham, who displayed a rare athletic skill set in Year 1.

Elite defense is alternate path around NFL QB star system
Obtaining a franchise quarterback may be the best route to a Super Bowl, but building a strong defense can get you there too.

Landing spots for Robert Griffin III - NFL
With Robert Griffin III's release from Washington all but inevitable, Mike Sando takes stock of which teams around the NFL could be interested in the QB's services once he hits the open market.

The real story behind NFL owners' battle to bring football back to Los Angeles
Few could have guessed that the league's return would become so bloody, bitter and, most of all, emblematic of how power in the NFL truly works.

Rugby league star Jarryd Hayne wants back in the NFL -
Coming over from the National Rugby League, Jarryd Hayne had arguably more downs than ups in his first year in the NFL. He says he'd like to give football another go in 2016.

Toma calls Levi's 'second-best sod' of any Super Bowl -
While the field at Levi's Stadium has generated plenty of bad buzz, George Toma isn't buying it. After preparing the playing surface for all 50 Super Bowls, he called Levi's the "second-best" he's seen.

McNair: Texans need 'reliable QB play' for shot at SB -
Texans coach Bill O'Brien has done his best with a rash of ho-hum QBs, but team owner Bob McNair says it's time for Houston to find a "reliable" passer if they want to play at home in Super Bowl LI.

Robert Kraft regrets losing AFC home-field advantage -
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Wednesday that his one regret is that the conference championship game was not played in New England. Find out what else Kraft had to say about the 2015 season.

Mayock: 12 interior D-linemen could merit first-round draft grade -
As many as a dozen interior defensive linemen could merit a first-round grade for the 2016 NFL Draft, according to NFL Media draft expert Mike Mayock.

NFL anticipates Pro Bowl decision in spring -
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said cities from around the United States and the world have expressed interest in hosting next year's Pro Bowl. Whether that event will even exist in its current form is anyone's guess.

Seahawks: Possible late round QBs to backup Russell Wilson
The Seattle Seahawks are in need of a backup QB. Here are some late-round options that might interest them. The Seattle Seahawks once again are in the mark

Seahawks report card: Doug Baldwin
Doug Baldwin had an unbelievable season for the Seattle Seahawks and proved to the rest of the NFL that he is one of the top wide receivers in the league.

NFL first round mock draft, Seahawks get defensive
Our first NFL first round mock draft is up! And the Seahawks select.......

Dave Boling: Newton’s ‘loser’ remark shows flawed judgment | The News Tribune
It’s an American truism that critics relish nothing more than the opportunity to dissect the failures of those who have most enthusiastically celebrated their own successes.

The NFL's best unrestricted free agents -

Winners from the 2016 Sport Star of the Year Awards - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Here are the winners and the rest of the nominees from the 2016 MTR Western Sports Star of the Year Awards. - Seahawks - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks' Michael Bennett named Seattle's top male athlete of 2015, quips about Cam Newton - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett was named the top male athlete of 2015 at the MTR Western Sports Star of the Year Awards. While accepting the honor, he made a joke about the way Panthers quarterback Cam Newton handled himself after the Super Bowl. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Do the Seattle Seahawks need wide receiver help this offseason? - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
A look at the top Seattle Seahawks stories on Thursday touches on whether the team will need reinforcements at wide receiver this offseason.

Will Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sign an extension this offseason? - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
It seems unlikely that Pete Carroll would choose to leave an organization that is still primed to win and a culture that he spent so long shaping.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett takes playful jab at Cam Newton - Seattle Seahawks Blog- ESPN
The Seahawks defensive end tells finalists at an awards show that he hopes they aren't "sore losers" like the Panthers quarterback.

Farewell To Beast Mode | Seattle Seahawks
A look at the career of one of the most important players in Seahawks history.

Insider Buzz: Seahawks Doubting Lynch's Retirement, Some Expect Change of Heart | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

How the Ravens, Seahawks, Patriots, and Broncos Won their Super Bowls - Pats Pulpit
It's pretty difficult to win the Super Bowl. That's not a crazy statement. Earning a certain seed in the conference doesn't guarantee a Super Bowl berth, although better seeds make more Super...

Seattle Seahawks Defensive End Michael Bennett Wins Male Sports Star of the Year at 2016 MTR Western Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards | Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett won Male Sports Star of the Year at the 2016 MTR Western Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards.

Seattle Seahawks Defensive End Cliff Avril Forms Team To Beat The Bridge To Beat Diabetes | Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, whose family has been affected by diabetes, has formed a team for this year's Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes race, walk, and fun run.

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett disses Cam Newton, win sports star of year award -
"I hope you guys aren't sore losers like Cam Newton," the Seahawks defensive lineman told the finalists nominated for the Male Sports Star of the Year honor.

Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe is a perfect trade candidate - Baltimore Beatdown
If the Ravens decide not to keep him, Monroe would make a perfect trade candidate due to his contract structure...