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NFL draft: Small-program prospects could end up as big-name stars | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Teams are willing to look under every rock for players, and ones from North Dakota State and Eastern Kentucky will go early.

On The Clock podcast: Previewing the NFL combine | SI.com
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from SI.com

Leigh Steinberg on Paxton Lynch and re-entering the agent business | The MMQB with Peter King
The man who embodied the term ‘super-agent’ and repped NFL stars ranging from Steve Young to Ben Roethlisberger has bounced back from personal and financial lows and is back in the game, with one of 2016’s most intriguing QBs

2016 NFL Combine: Here are seven must-know underrated prospects - CBSSports.com
Like every other year, the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine will surely produce feats of amazing athleticism. But before letting the 40-yard dash and bench press results sway opinions, take a peek at this list of underrated NFL prospects who stood out during recent film study.

Agility Drills: 12 prospects under the microscope at the NFL Combine - CBSSports.com
Tests like the 40-yard dash and three-cone drill help connect quantitative data to NFL prospects with certain agility drills more important than others, depending on the player. Every Combine participant has something to gain or lose by how they run, jump and perform, but especially these 12 prospects.

Report: 'Progress' made toward changing Goodell's role in appeals - CBSSports.com
The league and the union are reportedly making slow progress on a deal that would revise Goodell's role, but those revisions are unknown.

The Seahawks are holding a combine event for local media members - CBSSports.com
It's not a new combine for only Seattle media to attend. The media members are the ones actually being tested in combine events.

Five certain to receive franchise tag while more candidates abound - CBSSports.com
Players such as Von Miller and Muhammad Wilkerson are certain to be tagged by their teams before reaching free agency. Who else is in line, and who might escape the tag?

Top 50 2016 NFL free agents: Pass rushers Vernon, Jackson top list - CBSSports.com
Who will be the most sought after free agents come March 9? Here's a list of the top 50, and it includes names like Irvin, Osweiler, Pierre-Paul and even Hardy.

Roger Goodell high salary explained
The $34.1 million Roger Goodell made in 2014 is nearly three times what CEOs of similar-sized companies pulled down -- so why does the NFL commissioner get paid so much?

Former Cardinals QB Max Hall admits drug addiction, talks recovery
In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, former Cardinals QB Max Hall details how his life went into a "downward spiral."

2015 rookie grades: Bills, Chiefs, Vikings and Buccaneers shine - NFL.com
Which teams received top marks for their rookie classes in 2015? Bucky Brooks lauds eight NFL franchises -- including Jameis Winston's Buccaneers, Marcus Peters' Chiefs and Todd Gurley's Rams.

NFC questions we want answered at scouting combine - NFL.com
The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine is just days away. Will Chip Kelly endorse Colin Kaepernick? Will the Eagles dish on Sam Bradford's future in Philly? Here are the questions we want answered.

On the bubble: 29 NFC players that could be released - NFL.com
The busy part of the offseason is around the corner as teams start to make room for when free agency begins. Victor Cruz and Mike Wallace are among 29 players in the NFC that could be cut.

Dallas Cowboys' Randy Gregory suspended four games - NFL.com
The Dallas Cowboys drafted Randy Gregory aware that he was a risk as a second-round pick after a failed drug test at the 2015 combine. His substance abuse problems have now shown up at the pro level.

Romo, Rivers, Palmer: Who deserves Super Bowl win? - NFL.com
Welcome to the Around The NFL End Around, a weekly look back at the world of the National Football League. Dan Hanzus serves as your guide.

Community Mock Draft, Hawks land Rankins
In our FanSided Community Mock Draft, Hawks land Rankins. We look at how the young DT from Louisville fits on the Seattle roster.

Thiel: Drama-free time worth $5M to Seahawks | Sportspress Northwest
The Seahawks took a pass on getting reimbursed for a $5 million bonus paid RB Marshawn Lynch, who is retiring early. Given his contributions, it’s a steal at twice the price.

What Michael Bennett dropping his agent may -- and may not -- mean to this Seahawks offseason | The News Tribune
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has reportedly dropped his agent.

Quarterbacks' quicker releases a product of subpar protection - NFL Nation- ESPN
More and more offenses are emphasizing the quick passing game. Why? Teams are struggling to field an offensive line they're happy with.

ESPN's Mel Kiper, Todd McShay Discuss Seattle Seahawks 2016 NFL Draft Needs | Seattle Seahawks
ESPN NFL Draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay review Kiper's most-recent mock draft, discussing Seattle's potential interest in Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche with pick No. 26 in the first round.

Friday Round-Up: Five Moves The Seahawks Should Make This Offseason | Seattle Seahawks
A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks LT Russell Okung Calls Public Launch of Greater Foundation a “Call to Action” | Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung is hosting a public launch for his Greater Foundation at the EMP Museum on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Five moves the Cardinals, Rams, 49ers and Seahawks should make this offseason - NFL
The NFL season ended less than two weeks ago, but teams already are beginning to make moves in advance of the new league year, and with the NFL combine sprouting up in Indianapolis next week, vacations are already over for many. In addition to the upcoming scouting bonanza, front offices are figuring out their free-agent plans and identifying which players they'll want to retain from their own rosters heading into the new league year on March 9.

First & Goal, Inc. Announces New FieldTurf at CenturyLink Field - News - CenturyLink Field
First & Goal, Inc. announced today that installation of the new FieldTurf Revolution 360 at CenturyLink Field has been completed.

Friday notes: New podcast, reviewing the mocks & Chris Long | Seahawks Draft Blog
Chad Reuter has published a new four-round mock draft. His picks for Seattle are: Sheldon Rankins (R1), Alex Collins (R2), Leonte Carroo (R3), Will Redmond (R3) and Joe Dahl (R4). Most fans will react very positively to this. Rankins is the best interior rusher in the class with tremendous upside and quickness. Collins would provide a formidable duo with Thomas Rawls in the backfield. Carroo adds depth at receiver (he has major character flags that need to be investigated) and Dahl can compete for any of the interior line spots (he’s best suited to right guard). Redmond would need to have 32-inch arms to pass the length test but he had first round potential before a serious injury in 2015. He could fall in a similar way to Walter Thurmond.

ESPN has Seahawks taking Ole Miss defensive lineman in first round of NFL draft - seattlepi.com
In his second 2016 NFL mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper on Thursday predicted the Seahawks will take Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche with the 26th overall pick in the first round.

Seahawks' Russell Okung describes shoulder surgery as precautionary, isn't nervous about free agency - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
None of the Seahawks heading into free agency face more uncertainty than left tackle Russell Okung, who is coming off shoulder surgery and is representing himself after firing his agent last year. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Stanford Football, 2016 NFL Draft: Josh Garnett To The Seattle Seahawks? - Rule Of Tree
Making the case that the Seattle Seahawks should draft Stanford offensive lineman Joshua Garnett.

Seahawks, Sounders get new turf at CenturyLink Field - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The Seahawks and Sounders will be playing on a new surface now that the artificial turf at CenturyLink Field has been upgraded. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

NFL ditches fantasy-camp aspect of Regional Combines | ProFootballTalk
After the NFL allowed a clearly unqualified female kicker to show up for a Regional Combine and then ridiculed her for making a mockery of the process due to the fact that she was clearly unqualified, one key fact became clear.