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Seahawks News

Seahawks long term center could end up being Pier-Olivier Lestage
The Seahawks found some hidden UDFA gems since Pete Carroll and John Schneider came to Seattle in 2010. Pier-Olivier Lestage could be the latest.

Pete Carroll explains why Seahawks didn't restructure Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner deals
Carroll explains why Seahawks didn't restructure Wilson, Wagner deals.

Heaps: Why it's critical that Seahawks find role for DB Marquise Blair
Seahawks DB Marquise Blair's role is undefined entering his third season. Jake Heaps explains why he thinks Seattle needs to find him one.

Carroll: Seahawks may drop minicamp to get players at OTAs | Tacoma News Tribune
The Seahawks say they are skipping voluntary offseason workouts. Pete Carroll says it’s possible to drop the one mandatory minicamp to get players in for OTAs.

NFC West News

Rams get 10 of their rookies under contract
The Rams held their rookie minicamp over the weekend and with their first-year players in Los Angeles, they got many of them under contract.

Predicting the Rams 2021 record and more - Turf Show Times
Schedule predictions, playoff predictions, and Matthew Stafford.

Cardinals' Kingsbury tabs Isaiah Simmons, Zaven Collins as 'prettiest linebacker duo'
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury is excited about the Cardinals new starting linebacker duo Isaiah Simmons and Zaven Collins, who are the team's last two first-round selections.

Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals schedule, rookie mini-camp gets underway, Zaven Collins talks starting and more - Revenge of the Birds
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Golden Nuggets: The 49ers want to see how Lance handles a complicated offense - Niners Nation
Your daily San Francisco links for Sunday, May 16, 2021.

Around The NFL

New York Giants sign veterans Kelvin Benjamin, Corey Clement
The 6-5, 240-pound Kelvin Benjamin was the Panthers' first-round selection in the 2014 draft, but hasn't played in the NFL since 2018.

Dallas Cowboys' Micah Parsons eager to be 'Rambo player' in new role
The Cowboys have emphasized Micah Parsons' pass-rushing ability, but the first-round pick's contributions will extend beyond that phase of the game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers to sign TE Jerell Adams to 1-year deal
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are signing veteran free agent tight end Jerell Adams to a one-year deal.

FMIA: Schedule No. 102,844 And The Nuttiness Around NFL's Annual Slate - Peter King, NBC
Peter King's Football Morning In America column begins with the 2021 NFL schedule and the story of how it came together. Plus more news and notes.

Buccaneers' Kyle Trask already opening eyes during rookie minicamp, Bruce Arians gives rave review - CBSSports.com
Arians was very complimentary of his young quarterback out of the gate.

Is the NFC East due for a big rebound? Why Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Washington could all be good in 2021 - CBSSports.com
One of the worst ever in 2020, the division is primed to host a real competition.

The Broncos are feeling impact of bitter fight between the NFL and players union — so what's next? – The Athletic
WR DaeSean Hamilton suffered a torn ACL working out away from the Broncos on Friday, the same day OT Ja'Wuan James (torn Achilles) was cut.

Cole Beasley puts Bills at center of the NFL's player vaccination debate – The Athletic
The more prominent players who express hesitancy over the vaccine, the more this could become about the football team.

Ochocinco wagers his personal hygiene on Patrick Mahomes winning MVP
Chad Ochocinco wagers his personal hygiene on Patrick Mahomes winning MVP and thankfully, he's probably going to be right.

NY Jets: 3 veterans who could be cut before training camp
The NY Jets could trim the roster a little bit before training camp kicks off in June. We look at three veterans who might not make it until mid-June.

Jaguars QB Lawrence on pitch count, RB Etienne taking wideout reps in Meyer's first on-field practice
Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence and RB Travis Etienne saw the field for the first time at minicamp on Saturday, which was Urban Meyer's first on-field practice as head coach.

Watch Jerry Burns drop a bunch of F-bombs after getting a rare OT win - Turf Show Times
Burns passed away last week at the age of 94.