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Seahawks News

Seahawks post-draft depth chart: QB is set, defensive end is loaded, but other position battles await – The Athletic
A look at the Seahawks starters, backups and fringe players now that the draft is over, plus the early word on incoming UDFAs.

Seahawks smart not to exercise fifth year option of Rashaad Penny
The Seahawks have opted not to pick up Rashaad Penny's 5th-year option, which means he'll be a free agent in 2022. What does this mean for the future?

Clayton: A lesson from Seahawks not picking up Rashaad Penny's option
The Seahawks not picking up 2018 first-rounder Rashaad Penny's fifth-year option was no surprise, and not just because of his performance.

Seahawks: Why Seattle has been so active in rookie free agency
Why have the Seahawks been so active in signing undrafted rookies? They've signed 12 UDFAs in the span of two days, one of the highest totals in the league.

Huard: Cade Johnson is Seahawks' best UDFA signing and a steal at WR
Brock Huard shares why reported UDFA addition Cade Johnson from South Dakota State is a big get for the Seahawks at wide receiver.

Early 2022 watch-list & final thoughts « Seahawks Draft Blog
I can’t believe it’s time for this again already…

NFC West News

Ranking the 49ers' undrafted rookie class, which is led by WR Austin Watkins Jr. – The Athletic
The 49ers signed 18 undrafted rookies in 2017 but just four are heading this way in 2021, an indication of the team's roster depth.

49ers news: Which rookies can we expect to contribute early? - Niners Nation
Stats & KP break it down in the Niners Nation Draft Recap podcast.

Shanahan and Lynch explain why the 49ers didn’t draft a WR or an edge rusher - Niners Nation
Many of us pegged those two positions as top needs for the Niners headed into the draft.

Alaric Jackson: the Rams’ top priority among the undrafted free agents - Turf Show Times
What are the expectations for Jackson?

Tutu Atwell projection: How many yards does the Rams rookie WR get? - Turf Show Times
And which 2021 rookie will have the most yards?

Ledbetter/Mitchell Post Draft Podcast - Revenge of the Birds
You might find this podcast a little amusing, courtesy of Kyle Ledbetter, Mel Kiper, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson and former Cardinals’ GM George Boone..

Around The NFL

Inside the NFL Draft broadcasts: How ESPN and NFL Network handled the chaos – The Athletic
Surprise trades make for great TV in the NFL Draft. When the Bears moved up to take Justin Fields, ESPN and NFL Network were ready to react.

Steelers depth chart: Projected starters, position battles and where the draft picks fit – The Athletic
The Steelers could see a handful of rookies start in 2021, which is far from normal. Here is a position-by-position look at the roster.

Terry Bradshaw on Aaron Rodgers: “Him being upset shows me how weak he is”
The new TB12’s experiences in Tampa surely have influenced the desire of Aaron Rodgers to find a new football team. The original TB12 has some thoughts on the matter.

Thursday Night Football: Amazon Prime will broadcast show in 2022 - Sports Illustrated
The 2021 season will be the last year Thursday Night Football will be on FOX.

Patriots get roster exemption for fullback Jakob Johnson - ProFootballTalk
Fullback Jakob Johnson will not count against the New England Patriots’ 90-man offseason roster limit.

NFL insider notes: AFC rivals haven't closed gap on Chiefs, despite giving it their best shot this offseason - CBSSports.com
The Chiefs deserve an 'A' for staying ahead of the Bills, Browns and Ravens.

Aaron Rodgers trade rumors: Ranking four logical landing spots for the longtime Packers quarterback - CBSSports.com
If Rodgers actually forces Green Bay's hand, here's where he could end up.

Patriots likely to decline RB Sony Michel's 5th-year option, picking up OT Isaiah Wynn's option
The New England Patriots will likely decline one fifth-year option and pick up another on their 2018 first-round draft class.

Bears release OT Charles Leno after drafting Oklahoma State's Teven Jenkins
Chicago released dependable tackle Charles Leno. The Bears selected Oklahoma State tackle Teven Jenkins in the second round of last week's NFL draft and have plans to play him on the left side of the line.

Bills exercise fifth-year options on Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmunds
The Bills made the following announcement today.

Browns give Malik McDowell chance resume NFL career after ATV crash, legal trouble | Sporting News
Malik McDowell never played for the Seahawks after being their first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he's attempting a comeback with the Browns.

Here’s what Trevor Lawrence’s rookie deal will look like | Jaguars Wire
The 2021 NFL Draft has come and gone and Trevor Lawrence is officially a Jacksonville Jaguars.