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Rich Eisen Podcast: NFL free-agency preview with Ian Rapoport "Rich Eisen - NFL Network Rich Eisen – NFL Network
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport joins the Rich Eisen Podcast to preview the 2013 free-agency signing period. Which team will be the biggest spender come March 12? Ian weighs in on that and much more, including the deepest positions in this year’s free-agent class. Plus, Rich and Ian discuss the complex contract stalemate between the New York Jets and cornerback Darrelle Revis. Enjoy, and as always, thanks for downloading!

Saturday draft notes " Seahawks Draft Blog
This time of year is good for two things — hype and reality. On the one hand, the combine is fresh in the memory and there’s a new batch of players to overrate. If you ran well, jumped well or interviewed well in Indianapolis, the chances are you’ve ‘boosted’ your stock. Congratulations.

Free agency set to get under way… kind of " Seahawks Draft Blog
Technically, free agency begins on March 12th. However, the NFL has decided that as of midnight tonight, teams can legally ‘tap up’ players until Tuesday. No visits, no officially concluded deals. Just a lot of talking with agents and deals ‘in principle’. Mike Florio explains…

Mark Harrison " Seahawks Draft Blog
In the comments from the Justin Hunter topic yesterday, one name seemed to dominate the conversation: Mark Harrison. The predominant thought was that Seattle didn’t need to reach for Justin Hunter in round one if they could get a prospect like Mark Harrison much later. I hadn’t watched much of Harrison yet, so I figured I’d explore this topic and share my thoughts.

Josh Cribbs reportedly eyed by 49ers, Giants, Cowboys -
Josh Cribbs is getting no love from the Cleveland Browns, but not to worry. The two-time Pro Bowl selection is getting plenty of love elsewhere that include top contenders.

Report: Reggie Bush drawing interest from Cardinals -
Reggie Bush reportedly has early free-agent interest from NFL three teams, with "significant" money involved. Is there still a chance he returns to the Miami Dolphins?

Seahawks defenders are slight-ly motivated
One of the reasons the Seahawks’ defense performed so well during the 2012 season, says All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, is that the players played with motivating chips on their shoulders.

NFP Pro Day Breakdown - Version 2.0 | National Football Post
Russ Lande breaks down how some big name prospects worked out on Thursday.

Videos: Top 5 Draft WRs, TEs - Video Breakdown -
Josh Norris joined Kay Adams to discuss his QB and RB rankings following the NFL Combine.

Texas A&M pro day report | National Football Post
The NFP’s Lance Zierlein was on the scene in College Station Friday for the Aggies’ pro day.

Pro Days: Trio of Huskies flash draftable talent at NIU workout - CBSSports
Despite sending zero prospects to the combine, NIU proved to be a hot spot Friday for NFL scouts with roughly half of the league represented. Three former Huskies, in particular, took full advantage.

Pro Days: Past Buckeyes, including Troy Smith, stand out in workout - CBSSports
Hauling in passes from former Heisman winner Troy Smith, tight end Jake Stoneburner was the most impressive athlete at the Ohio State Pro Day but he wasn't the only one...

Pro-Day Workouts: Week of March 4th
Jonathan Hankins/DT: Participated only in position drills. Tipped the scale in the low 320’s. Looked solid moving around the field yet not very explosive.

2013 NFL Draft: John Simon Scouting Report
Some football players jump off the screen because they are fast, dynamic, and explosive. John Simon is really none of the above. While he’s faster than me, he’s not the fastest guy on the field at any given time, and it’s not particularly close. He’s as blue collar as football players come, which seems like the opposite of dynamic. And he’s powerful and strong as an ox, but explosive isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you watch him.

Trufant, Poyer, and Slay – A Statistical Breakdown | Second Round Stats
In my tier 1 CB breakdown before of Xavier Rhodes, Dee Milliner and Johnthan Banks before the combine, I noted that any of the second tier corners could be better than the tier 1 prospects. Although I didn’t have the stats to prove it at the time, the media tide has turned with some saying that both Desmond Trufant and Darius Slay could be better than Banks. The numbers reveal some interesting things about Trufant, Poyer and Slay. Each CB has a few positives, but they also have some deficiencies. Whether those are related to where they were aligned before the snap or a lack of experience in certain coverages, you can make the case that each CB listed here is deficient in some way compared to the "tier 1" guys.