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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

Thank god it's TGIF, you guys.

Chris Graythen


Mike Wallace's dad says Vikings offered richer contract -
The Miami Dolphins handed Mike Wallace the richest contract among this year's free agents, good for $27 million in guarantees and $60 million over five years. To hear Wallace's father tell it, the speedy wide receiver's pay day could have been even higher. Mike Wallace Jr. claims his son actually turned down more money from the Minnesota Vikings. The St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks were among the teams that also showed interest.

Harvin's fire fuels his game and his grumbling |
His explosiveness made it tough for the Vikings to give him up, but tougher to keep him.

NFL, NFLPA still far apart on executing HGH testing -
Both the NFL and the NFL Players Union contend they want human growth hormone testing in their sport, but both sides appear to be far from agreeing on how to go about it.

How NFL Teams Determine a Player's Value | Bleacher Report
On Wednesday, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that 13 NFL teams have over $10 million in cap space. Plenty of players, like Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace and Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger, cashed in during free agency. Others, like Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril and Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall, took less than market value.

Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks a fit? Darrell Bevell has no doubt -
"My mind started racing," Bevell recounted from his office on Thursday morning. "You start thinking about all the things you can do with a player like that. And now the hard part is to harness that talent."

Report: Pat White works out with San Francisco 49ers -
A strong performance at West Virginia's pro day has earned Pat White an audition with the San Francisco 49ers. The former Miami Dolphins quarterback worked out for the Niners on Thursday.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Dare To Be Stupid: My 1985 Seattle Seahawks Story
Younger Twelves won't remember this, but 2013 isn't the first time the Seattle Seahawks have gone into a season as Super Bowl favorites. In 1985, the Hawks were a trendy AFC pick to go to (and win) Super Bowl XX in New Orleans. Why? The team was coming off two straight playoff appearances, including a trip to the AFC Championship Game in 1983 and a 12-4 1984 campaign that included a playoff win over the defending Super Bowl Champion Raiders. Seattle arguably had the league's best defense in '84 (anchored by DPOY Kenny Easley), and they racked up a dozen regular season victories AFTER losing rookie sensation Curt Warner to a blown ACL on Kickoff Weekend. With the offense forced to rely more on the passing game, Dave Krieg responded with 32 touchdown passes and his first Pro Bowl selection. Yeah, they blew their chance at HFA by dropping their last two regular season games, but it was hard to be TOO upset at the '84s when they fell to the Dolphins at the apex of Dan Marino's career year.

Mock draft Wednesday’s: 27th March « Seahawks Draft Blog
Time for this week’s mock. I think you’ll like Seattle’s pick at #56 this week… It’s another projection that includes trades. Here’s a run down of all the deals in round one:

Bennie Logan- an odd sense of certainty « Seahawks Draft Blog
I remember looking over the fast linebackers group last year. Lavonte David had outstanding tape. Mychal Kendricks’ closing speed was a blur. Zach Brown wasn’t very good on tape, but he had elite speed for his size. The one player that didn’t stand out at all was Bobby Wagner. I almost didn’t cover him that year. Yet when I watched Wagner, something in the back of my mind just screamed “Seahawks” to me. Trusting that instinct, I rated Wagner very highly for Seattle days before the 2012 draft for Seattle despite having him just 7th on my personal list.

Why Tony McDaniel appealed to Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks agreed to terms with Tony McDaniel on a one-year deal based on what the veteran offers their defensive line. Price was another big consideration.

Report: Seahawks agree to terms with Tony McDaniel, defensive tackle | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
McDaniel is 6 foot 7, and he has the long, basketball build Seattle has tended to favor in its defensive lineman, allowing him to not only play the defensive tackle spot next to noseguard Brandon Mebane but in a pinch, can slide outside to back-up Red Bryant as a run=stuffing defensive end.

8 Playmakers the St. Louis Rams Can Add to Their Remade Offense | Bleacher Report
After Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola departed in free agency, it's no secret the Rams will be looking for playmakers to replace their production. St. Louis has eight picks in total, with two coming inside the top 25...

Seahawks Officially Sign Tony McDaniel - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
We’ve been waiting for this for a week now, but Tony McDaniel is (finally) a Seahawk. He visited with the team last week, and all signs pointed to him getting a deal done (he even had a physical) but then we didn’t hear anything until today.

Carson Palmer reportedly hunting for title contender -
Carson Palmer's days with the Oakland Raiders appear to be numbered because of his rich contract, but the quarterback reportedly is open to accepting a backup role with a better team.

Cosell’s Take: The quarterback paradigm | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Quarterback evaluation is a fascinating process. One can easily make the argument that the process of studying and analyzing college quarterbacks says more about the person doing the evaluating than it does about the quarterbacks themselves. Bill Walsh told me years ago that when he received a quarterback breakdown from a scout or a coach on his staff, the first thing he did was to consider the evaluator. Walsh first wanted to understand the method and manner by which the individual went about the evaluation, and what that person looked for as he transitioned the player from the college game to the more rigorous NFL game.

Tyrann Mathieu enjoys reunion with teammates at LSU’s pro day | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Wednesday might have been the marquee day among for all the 2013 pro days. USC held its workout on the West Coast, Marcus Lattimore displayed an amazing comeback from a brutal knee injury at South Carolina's exposition, and a bevy of draftable players got it going at LSU's pro day at the school's indoor practice facility. Outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo and inside linebacker Kevin Minter are pretty much locks to go in the first round next month, but the most interest may have been in a player projected by most to be selected in the third round or lower -- a player who didn't even play in 2012.

NFP TOP 200 - Version 9.0 | National Football Post
Russ Lande offers you his unique rankings of the Top 200 players in the 2013 NFL Draft.

NFP Pro Day Review of USC & Notre Dame | National Football Post
Russ Lande passes along what NFL sources saw at the USC and Notre Dame Pro Days.

Pre-Draft NFL Lineup Rankings - Offseason Low Down -
A handful of quality NFL starters remain available in free agency, but for the most part clubs have switched gears toward April's draft. Approaching it as if the season started today, here are the projected Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, ranked in order of quality.

NFL Draft – My Updated Top 55 with Alex Okafor rising and Damontre Moore falling | The Z Report | a blog
I will have more draft information coming soon. I’ve just finished my Top 10 by position which you can find at my football site – – and I will have a Top 100 here over the weekend along with a new Mock Draft. I can promise you that you should bookmark this page or add it to your RSS Reader because I will have as much quality draft info (especially Texans-related) as anyone else you’ll find. Here are my Top 55 with comments at the end.

NFL teams working feverishly to solve the Margus Hunt mystery | Audibles -
It was a misunderstanding that turned into something of a prophecy.

Jarvis Jones and the Latest Case of the NFL Draft's Tape-vs.-Workout Debate - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Every year, as the NFL draft process drags on, a handful of players spark the same conversation about what evaluators should trust. Most often, they’re debates about the importance of 40 times or three-cone drills compared to what a player has put on film during three or four years of a college career. The consensus is often that the latter takes precedence. Few positions in the NFL are ever required to run far in a straight line, and if the tests and the tape have disparate results, falling back on 30 games is safer than falling back on 40 yards.

LSU pro day: Mingo, Mathieu stand on combine times; Minter sparkles - CBSSports
With a large contingent of NFL representatives on-hand, 20 draft-eligible Tigers worked out in Baton Rouge at LSU's on-campus pro day on Wednesday. Most of the top prospects like Barkevious Mingo and Tyrann Mathieu decided to stand on their times from the combine, but several other players were able to perform in front of several general managers and head coaches, including the Steelers' Mike Tomlin and the Saints' Sean Payton.

2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Western Kentucky Defensive End Quanterus Smith | Bleacher Report
As NFL fans are getting up to speed on the 2013 NFL draft class, many are becoming more familiar with Florida State pass rusher Cornellius "Tank" Carradine , who would have been a top 10-15 pick if he hadn't torn his ACL in November...