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Woo weekend! Blog | Michael Bennett signing is official
Another day, another pass rusher. Michael Bennett, a free-agent defensive end from the Buccaneers who had nine sacks last season, signed his contract with the Seahawks today. Bennett agreed to terms late Thursday, just after the team had announced the signing of Cliff Avril, a free-agent defensive end from the Lions who produced 9.5 and 11 sacks the past two seasons.

DE Bennett: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 'acted like they didn't want me' |
"They acted like they didn't want me, so no, I didn't go back to them,'' Bennett told The Tribune on Friday.

49ers' Anthony Davis Provides Season's Worth Of Bulletin Board Material On Twitter - Pride Of Detroit
49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis posted some seriously hateful tweets about the Lions before deleting them, and two Lions players responded to them.

Pro Day Review - March 15th | National Football Post
Now that the Combine is over, NFL personnel are in the thick of the Pro Day schedule traveling all over the country working out prospects. As there are so many Pro Days across the country, we cannot be everywhere at once, so we rely upon a network of NFL sources that we have built during our time working for the Rams and Browns. Below is a breakdown of what we have been told by different NFL sources at these workouts:

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Cliff Avril Was Impressed With Seahawks Last Year And That Led Him To Pick Seattle In Free Agency
Bruce Irvin. Chris Clemons. Michael Bennett. Jason Jones. These are just some of the names on the Seattle Seahawks stacked defensive line. You can add Cliff Avril to that list as well. The former Detroit Lion finalized a two-year, $15 million deal to play in Seattle. Avril believes the Seahawks have a young and exciting team. He’s also looking forward to playing some linebacker this season.

Seahawks succeed in addressing pass rush in free agency | ProFootballTalk
Shortly after officially announcing the signing of defensive end Cliff Avril Thursday afternoon, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider discussed what the team was hoping to accomplish in free agency and if they still planned to be active in the free agent market.

Free agency fallout: Key moves that will impact 2013 NFL Draft -
There's nothing quite like the madness that takes place in the first few days of free agency. It seems like every time I click refresh on my phone, three more players find new homes! After taking a step back and studying all of these moves with the 2013 NFL Draft in mind, I've come up with 10 key takeaways that will impact next month's big event:

Pro-Day Workouts: Week of March 11th
Continue to hear a buzz being built around receiver Denard Robinson, especially after his performance today. Though he just participated in drills (WR/RS/RB) scouts were impressed with his consistency and the fact he dropped no passes. Looks like Robinson has secured a spot for himself in the draft’s second day.

Pro Days: Despite Jordan's absence, scouts flock to see Ducks - CBSSports
Despite the fact that potential top ten pick Dion Jordan was unable to participate at Oregon's Pro Day due to recent surgery to repair a torn labrum, scouts flocked to Eugene to watch a contigent of former Ducks show off their athleticism.

Oregon State Pro Day: Jordan Poyer, Markus Wheaton look good - CBSSports
With 25 NFL representatives in attendance, Oregon State's top two prospects -- cornerback Jordan Poyer and wide receiver Markus Wheaton -- decided to mostly stand on their numbers from the combine last month. However, they did look impressive during positional drills at the Beavers' Pro Day on Friday, and little-known cornerback Brian Watkins wowed everyone with his speed.

San Jose State Pro Day: TE Ryan Otten draws a crowd - CBSSports
With several current and former NFL players in attendance, San Jose State held their on-campus Pro Day on Friday. Tight end Ryan Otten, who was unable to participate at the combine due to an illness, was the main attraction as he was able to work out for the 23 NFL teams in attendance.

Keying On Kiko - Evaluations -
In every draft, there's multiple prospects from each school that are worthy of being selected. In some cases, the highest rated prospect gets the most attention but may not always be the best player. This year's class has a couple of schools like that, such as Mississippi State and Oregon.

2013 NFL Free Agency -- The six million dollar men - ESPN
The pace of free agency has been faster than ever. More than 70 players moved to new teams in the first four days. The Indianapolis Colts have signed seven free agents, and six could become starters. The Philadelphia Eagles may not be building Dream Team 2.0, but they have added nine players to coach Chip Kelly's new roster. As expected, the Miami Dolphins have been the most aggressive team. Here are the five things we have learned since the opening of free agency.

The Tape Never Lies: Bjoern Werner has explosive quickness | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
Around this time of the year, the Berlin streets are slippery and snowy, with the weather at a bone chilling 32 degrees Fahrenheit. In the past, Bjoern Werner would’ve likely been inside his house, sitting next to a fancy fireplace and drinking hot chocolate to keep warm. Now he’s working hard outdoors for NFL teams in the Florida sunshine, running through endless drills for scouts in private workouts as he continues his route to American football’s biggest stage.

NFL Hot Stove, Day 4 - Free Agency Dose -
Thursday wasn’t as hot and heavy as the previous two days of free agency were, but there was still a steady pace from the morning on up through the afternoon. Once daylight disappeared, so did the buzz.

Niners hosting safety Craig Dahl | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers need a replacement for safety Dashon Goldson. They’ve shifted from higher-profile candidates like Charles Woodson and Louis Delmas to lesser-known Craig Dahl.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | The Jimmy Johnson All-Stars
Three years ago, we started a series on "coaching all-stars," the best player-seasons in the history of some of the NFL's best and/or most famous coaches. For this latest installment, our subject is Jimmy Johnson.

NFP Friday Buzz | National Football Post
*It had been reported that Percy Harvin’s griping about Christian Ponder was a major factor in the Vikings’ decision to ship him off to Seattle. But we heard that was a non factor in the deal. The bigger issues were Harvin’s contract demands and the fact that the Vikings never knew when Harvin was going to be unavailable to practice or play. * Some of Harvin’s teammates thought Vikings coaches may have put too much emphasis on making him the centerpiece of the game plan. So many Vikings players, who actually like and respect Percy, are confident they will be fine without him. The Vikings were 5-2 without Harvin last year.

Emmitt Smith says proposed safety rule change means NFL has lost its mind | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith didn't mince any words when asked about a potential NFL rule change on Thursday.

Does spending money in free agency lead to success? -
No one is going to out-spend the Miami Dolphins this offseason. But does winning the title of "Offseason Champ" really help? Gregg Rosenthal reviews the biggest spenders the last five years to find out.

49ers' Aldon Smith underwent surgery on torn labrum -
San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith started all 16 games despite being limited by a torn labrum down the stretch. He recently had surgery on his shoulder, Ian Rapoport reported Friday..

Antoine Cason, Arizona Cardinals strike contract -
Antoine Cason strikes one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals worth roughly around $2 million plus incentives, according to the Arizona Republic.

Elvis Dumervil's agent points finger at Denver Broncos -
Elvis Dumervil's unceremonious release from the Denver Broncos has everyone asking a lot of questions, including: Who's to blame? Let the finger pointing begin.

Shaughnessy bolsters Cards' line rotation - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' contract agreement with Oakland Raiders unrestricted free agent Matt Shaughnessy adds quality depth to the team's line rotation, presumably behind Calais Campbell in particular.

Antoine Cason and Cards' approach to FA - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals keep adding lower-priced veterans on short-term contracts as they transition toward a future under new coach Bruce Arians.

Goodbye, Seattle - Blog -
I've never made a truly difficult decision in my life. I knew I wanted to go to Pomona College from the moment I read about it. I knew I wanted to stay in LA afterwards and work in politics. Moving back to Boston a few years later to get into sports radio was fairly easy as well – I knew I wanted to love my job and that was the job I knew I would love.

Scout Talk | National Football Post
Front office men talk about their "sleepers" in the 2013 draft