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Al Bello

Tuesday already!

Star Lotulelei's heart condition sends teams scrambling for info -
Two draft stocks that could skyrocket. The Seattle Seahawks' defense has enjoyed tremendous success by employing huge cornerbacks to press opposing wide receivers at the line of scrimmage. This year's draft class possesses a few cover men with that type of size. Florida State's Xavier Rhodes checked in at 6-foot-1 1/2 and 210 pounds, while Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks measured 6-2 and weighed 185 pounds. Both of these prospects also exhibited outstanding length for the position (33 3/4-inch arms for Rhodes, 33 7/8 for Banks). Their stock could soar in this draft if they can run anywhere near or below 4.50 in the 40-yard dash.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Dwight Freeney Says His Agent has Been in Conversation with "A Bunch of Teams"
Seven-time Pro Bowl pass-rushing specialist Dwight Freeney is officially on the open market after the Indianapolis Colts decided that they’re moving on without him. While Freeney is 33 now, there’s still a belief that he can contribute to a team as a veteran pass-rushing presence, especially if he’s able to put his hand back in the dirt in a 4-3 system.

Would Seahawks really just cut Matt Flynn? - Seattle Seattle Seahawks |
If they find no trade partner, would the Seahawks really just release Matt Flynn? A couple of top NFL information men think so. Jason Cole and Peter King both have said they do not anticipate teams being interested in Flynn -- both basing their arguments on the fact that few teams pursued him last year in free agency.

VIDEO: Seahawks’ John Moffitt fills in as sports anchor | Q13 FOX News
Sometimes, it’s nice to take a little break from your job. Seahawks’ guard John Moffitt visited the Q13 FOX studios Sunday to talk about the Seahawks’ stellar year, working with Russell Wilson and even fill in to read a sportscast. Watch the videos below:

The Inner Game of Football
In this series, we provide weekly excerpts from Pete Carroll’s New York Times Best Selling book, Win Forever. Win Forever is about more than winning football games; it’s about maximizing your potential in every aspect of your life. Carroll has taught business leaders facing tough challenges.

DL risers and sliders: Barkevious Mingo moving up
The defensive linemen took to the field Monday at the NFL scouting combine, and scouts were impressed with the athleticism of the group. Gone are the days of sloppy prospects who rumble around the field. Rather, teams witnessed versatile defenders with well-developed skills. Here are the defensive line risers and sliders from the workout:

2013 NFL Combine Results: Defensive Line and Linebacker Recap Notes
The media may have been entirely focused on Manti Te'o and his workout today, but there was far more to be gathered than just how the Notre Dame linebacker would perform. There were some quite notable outings among the defensive linemen and linebackers alike. Who helped (or hurt) themselves the most on Monday?

Small-school guys get their shot at NFL combine - Yahoo! Sports Canada
Rogers, of course, admitted to the failed drug test, and Bryant is trying to rebuild his reputation after last fall's arrest on charges of marijuana distribution in a school zone. He said a police officer spotted him selling marijuana to a friend in a dorm parking lot. Later, he was pulled aside at practice and subsequently arrested. Bryant said he was given a five-year deferred sentence and two years of supervised probation. Being at a small school prevented the arrest from grabbing national attention and becoming Bryant's legacy. ''Maybe it would have been a different situation, maybe it would have been handled differently,'' Bryant said when asked about whether he had considered what the consequence might have been if he was at a BCS-conference school.

If price is right, Freeney makes sense for Seahawks - Seahawks News -
The amount of work that Seahawks general namager John Schneider and his staff put into personnel decisions would be surprising to most football fans.

Scouting Combine: Day Six live blog " Seahawks Draft Blog
Hit refresh for the latest from Indianapolis as it happens. You can also watch live yourself by clicking here.

WR Tavon Austin impresses in morning group | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
I had a chance to go inside Lucas Oil Stadium this morning and watch the first group of receivers and quarterbacks work through the route tree from a box suite. I saw Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell watching from the field, and head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider sitting together watching from the stands.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: 2013 Seahawks Off-Season Analysis Part VIII: Summary & Recommendations
Seattle fans have come to expect a bonanza every off-season since Pete Carroll and John Schneider have taken over. A full 19 of the 22 starters on offense and defense for the 2013 Seahawks will have been added since those two took over. But this off-season will be different. Few starting jobs are up for grabs. Rookies will struggle to make the roster. Free agents will have to fight for playing time. I will be dissecting the roster position-by-position in an eight-part series, culminating in a recommended off-season recipe for the Seahawks.

Damontre Moore acknowledges disappointing combine -
Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore could have locked up a high first-round draft selection with a strong combine. Instead, Moore struggled, prompting serious criticism from Mike Mayock.

Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson released by Eagles -
The Philadelphia Eagles, eager to hack away at some of the big contracts on their payroll, announced they have parted ways with veteran defensive tackles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson.

Tyler Bray could be steal of 2013 NFL Draft as big-armed QB -
When it comes to quarterback, the 2013 draft class lacks the juice we've come to expect. But Bucky Brooks thinks big-armed Tennessee product Tyler Bray could be a diamond in the rough.

From the combine: 2013 QB class continues iffy narrative in throwing drills | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
From the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, a group of quarterbacks maligned as perhaps no other draft class has been tried to shift the narrative. It's not the fault of these guys that there doesn't appear to be an Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, or Russell Wilson in his group -- talent does what talent does. However, the new group of draftable quarterbacks did their level best to take that sad song and make it better. What I found, having gone in for both quarterback workouts and doing pool reports on two players (Landry Jones and E.J. Manuel) is that we're about where we were before the throwing drills -- left with a group of signal-callers in which every guy has some interesting upside, and at least one potentially fatal flaw.

Sunday at the Combine vs. history | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti puts the QB, RB, and WR results into historical context.

Would you roll the dice on Jarvis Jones? | National Football Post
The ultra-talented outside linebacker can flat-out play. But his 2009 neck injury is causing some teams to worry.

Are any teams interested in Tebow? | National Football Post
Jets have reportedly been shopping him at the Combine.

Eagles cut veteran DT Cullen Jenkins | National Football Post
Move creates $5.6 million in cap room

2013 NFL Combine: Records set left and right in 40 times -
This was the fastest NFL Combine ever from the clusters of athletes setting dizzying times in the 40-yard dash. Is a 4.0 far behind?

2013 combine notes: LB Bostic, hybrid Washington make big moves -
2013 combine notes: LB Bostic, hybrid Washington make big moves By Pat Kirwan | NFL Insider February 25, 2013 1:50 pm ET Up and down: I love when I hear that combine results don't move players up and down draft boards. Human nature reacts to results and the linebackers on Monday are a perfect example.

Eagles release Mike Patterson | ProFootballTalk
Two years ago, the Eagles dreamed a Dream Team. The dream is now being dismantled. Already gone is defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins. Joining him is defensive tackle Mike Patterson. The Eagles have announced that Patterson has been released.

NFL | Report: Pats to put QB Mallett on trade block -
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Patriots are expected to "entertain offers" for Ryan Mallett on the heels of Tom Brady's contract extension. The Pats have Brady (cheaply) locked in for the next five seasons, and Mallett's rookie deal runs out in 2015. "I think it means he's gonna be traded," Rapoport said of Mallett. The Browns seem likely to at least explore the possibility of a trade, and might be the team Bill Belichick calls first. We suspect Mallett would be available for a second-rounder. Cleveland does not have a second-rounder in April's draft, but could either put together a package of 2013 picks or offer a second-round selection from a future draft.

Luke Joeckel, Dion Jordan, Jarvis Jones, Dee Milliner, Shariff Floyd and more NFL combine thoughts - NFL - Peter King -
The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft is two months from tonight, and consider these questions the first ones on the test in this year's Draftology 101 class. Who are the five players pictured above and what is the significance of these five together?

Random thoughts on day six at the combine " Seahawks Draft Blog
Dion Jordan should be a top-10 pick. Everything just seemed so effortless. When you watch the tape, you see flashes of pass-rushing brilliance. So why were Oregon asking him to drop into coverage so much? Let the guy fly. I couldn’t be more excited to see how he works out acting as a pure pass rusher without some of the other responsibilities. Jordan’s 4.60 forty yard dash was so impressive and he stood out like a sore thumb in the other drills. Everything was easy. Quick feet, fluid hips, violent hands, perfect balance. The only question mark is an injured shoulder and he’ll have surgery on Wednesday to rectify a torn labrum. It’s likely to keep him out for a few months. Even so, it’s difficult to imagine him getting past Cleveland at #6 and he could go sooner. Possible #1 pick? Don’t rule it out just yet.

Scout’s Notebook: Up & Down Day For Some Key Skill Players
Here are some thoughts from Day 4 of the scouting combine (QB, WR, RB) Workouts from Sunday: