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NFL salary cap, player contracts shouldn't be taken at face value | The MMQB with Peter King
Whether it’s the salary cap or player contracts, the dollars behind the deals flying around the league this week shouldn’t be taken at face value. Here’s why, plus a look at how three quarterbacks recently got paid

Olivier Vernon on cashing in big in NFL free agency | The MMQB with Peter King
Defensive end Olivier Vernon, one of the prizes of the 2016 NFL free-agent market, tells what it’s like to be on the cusp of cashing in big—but likely having to leave home to do so

Top players fly off the board in Day One spending spree | ProFootballTalk
Going, going...almost gone. Free agency opened Wednesday, and most of the marquee players who weren't already committed to deals soon found their way into them.

2016 NFL Free Agency: Eagles win, Dolphins lose big in Day 1 - CBSSports.com
Looking at the winners and losers in NFL free agency from the first day of wheeling and dealing.

Wednesday's Musings: Day 1's great and not-so-great free-agent deals - CBSSports.com
The money was flying as free agency opened up on Wednesday. Which teams hit the bullseye with their signings, and who missed the mark?

Matt Flynn can't believe how much Brock Osweiler is getting paid
Matt Flynn cashed in big when leaving the Packers for the Seahawks, but it wasn't in the neighborhood of what the Texans will pay Brock Osweiler.

Grading the big free-agent deals - NFL
With money being doled out all over the place in NFL free agency, Bill Barnwell is here to bring clarity to the chaos, grading each notable deal.

NFL free agency 2016 recap Day 1 - Brock Osweiler, Lamar Miller headed to Houston Texans
NFL Nation reporters break down the opening day of free agency for all 32 teams, including the Texans' offensive overhaul and the Giants splashing the cash for three defenders.

The winners and losers of free agency Day 1
The Dolphins got two declining players and move down in the draft in a Day 1 head-scratcher. The Jets, meanwhile, have a great fit with Matt Forte.

Chiefs lose two draft picks for tampering with Maclin - NFL.com
The Kansas City Chiefs will lose two draft picks for improper contact with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin prior to the start of free agency last year.

What were the best moves on first day of free agency? - NFL.com
Free agency is finally here, and some of the player agreements and signings stood out over others. Conor Orr breaks down his top five moves from Wednesday.

Jim Harbaugh: Colin Kaepernick still a 'great player' - NFL.com
Former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told "The Rich Eisen Show" that quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still a great player. Might Kap flourish with a trade to the Broncos?

Dave Boling: Retiring QB Matt Hasselbeck deserves recognition for time with Seahawks | The News Tribune
Seahawks GM John Schneider tells a story about the difficult moment when they decided they were going to "move on" from quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and watch him leave as a free agent after 10 seasons in Seattle.

Report: Seahawks could bring back Chris Clemons - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
In need of pass-rush help after Bruce Irvin's expected departure, the Seahawks are reportedly considering a reunion with Chris Clemons. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Bruce Irvin's departure brings Seahawks' challenge into focus - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Sustaining success doesn't mean retaining every free agent like Bruce Irvin, who is leaving for a lucrative deal in Oakland. It will be more about the Seahawks' ability to mine the draft to replace the players that they inevitably won't be able to afford. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Seahawks have options to replace nose tackle Brandon Mebane
The Seahawks aren't likely to make a big splash in replacing Mebane, likely making a value signing or draft pick.

Seahawks' Mark Glowinski likely to get starting shot with J.R. Sweezy leaving
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was impressed with Mark Glowinski during his rookie season.

Jeremy Lane signing solidifies Seahawks' secondary through 2017
By keeping Jeremy Lane, the Seahawks have ensured continuity in their secondary for another two seasons.

Seahawks free agency live blog & open thread | Seahawks Draft Blog
The key to Seattle’s off-season really is the future of Russell Okung. If he were to re-sign with the Seahawks — even on a short term contract — it gives them some flexibility in the draft. If he departs and they don’t add a replacement, they almost have to take an offensive tackle with the #26 pick.

Seahawks notes: Graham ready by Week 1?; RFAs not tendered - seattlepi.com
Seahawks fans got a bit of good news on Wednesday, and it had  nothing to do with the start of free agency.

Seahawks Congratulate Peyton Manning on Record-Breaking Career as he heads into retirement | Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks salute Peyton Manning as he heads into retirement after a record-breaking NFL career.

Seahawks Tender Eight Free Agents | Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks have tendered seven exclusive rights free agents and a restricted free agent.

Frank Clark slimming down for Seahawks | Cover32
Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark has dropped at least 15 pounds this offseason. Could he be moving to a new position next season?

Seahawks looking to free agency for DL depth | Cover32
Whatever happens, it's clear that shoring up the Seahawks defensive line is priority number one for Pete Carroll and John Schneider this spring.