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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Tuesday


I call this "Death from Above"
I call this "Death from Above"
Stephen Dunn

Lots of links!

Understanding Contracts & Cap Implications | NFL Philosophy
It’s the time of year when teams are releasing players whose contracts have become cumbersome and restrictive. Words like "dead money" and "proration" are thrown around in excess yet few seem to really understand what they mean. This will be a very simplified explanation of the basic concepts that are necessary to understanding the implications when a contract is terminated.

Restructuring Contracts and Extensions | NFL Philosophy
Now that you have the basis for understanding the difference of cap implications between salaries and signing bonuses, let’s talk about how teams can manipulate these to help create cap space.

2013 NFL Draft: 10 Prospects’ Pro Days to Keep an Eye On This March
The NFL Combine has become the staple of the NFL Draft process. Prospects, from all levels of college football and including juniors can meet with NFL teams, show their athleticism and potential, and prove to teams they can handle the NFL, both on and off the field.

2013 NFL Draft: 10 Prospects’ Pro Days to Keep an Eye On This March
The NFL Combine has become the staple of the NFL Draft process. Prospects, from all levels of college football and including juniors can meet with NFL teams, show their athleticism and potential, and prove to teams they can handle the NFL, both on and off the field.

Matt Barkley or Geno Smith? Quarterback class still unsettled -
Think you can count on Geno Smith going before Matt Barkley? Not so fast, says Albert Breer, who's been charting teams' ever-shifting perceptions of the 2013 quarterback class.

2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Cincinnati TE Travis Kelce | Bleacher Report
Most tight end draft boards are going to be led by Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert and Stanford's Zach Ertz. Travis Kelce hasn't been healthy enough to jostle either of those guys out of ...

Colts re-sign Fili Moala | ProFootballTalk
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reports that the team has re-signed defensive end Fili Moala to a one-year deal. Moala was set to become an unrestricted free agent next week, but the team made a strong enough offer to keep him from heading elsewhere.

NFL free agency has empowered players but ruined rivalries -
Elliot Harrison prepares to celebrate free agency's 20th birthday by considering how the NFL has changed -- for better and for worse -- since Reggie White signed on with the Packers in 1993.

Monday draft notes: What will KC do with the #1 pick now? " Seahawks Draft Blog
The Chiefs turned an already unpredictable draft on its head tonight. By agreeing a new 5-year contract with Dwayne Bowe, it allowed them to spend the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert.

If Bjoern Werner slips, would the Seahawks catch him? " Seahawks Draft Blog
I usually wait until around December before I start scouting prospects. Werner was one of the first I watched, and he quickly shot to the top of my draft board. At the time, he was considered a mid first round prospect. By the Senior Bowl, he had vaulted into "top five lock" status.

John Clayton Show - Podcasts -
Former Seahawks defensive coordinator and new Jaguars new head coach Gus Bradley joins "The John Clayton Show" and talks about some of the philosophies he's bringing from Seattle to Jacksonville.

Thoughts as NFC West UFAs avoid the tag - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The 2013 deadline for naming franchise players passed Monday without NFC West teams using the mechanism to protect against losing their unrestricted free agents.

Perspective as '13 franchise deadline passes - NFC West Blog - ESPN
With the NFL deadline for naming franchise players passing at 4 p.m. ET Monday, we await official word from the league as to whether any NFC West players received the designation. This can be a nerve-racking time for teams and fans hoping to keep favorite players.

Re-evaluating the market for Matt Flynn | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Last week’s deal that will send Alex Smith to Kansas City is a good thing for Seattle for two reasons:

What Could Cullen Jenkins Potentially Add to the 49ers Defensive Line? | Bleacher Report
Without question, the San Francisco 49ers will be looking to bolster their defensive line during the offseason after a rough late-season stretch of line play in 2012...

What Have Schneider's Picks Done For You?: A Study In The Production of The 2010-2012 Draft Classes - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
January 24, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; NFC free safety Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks (29) runs with the ball during practice for the 2013 Pro Bowl at

Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs agree to contract -
Andy Reid made it clear that he was a fan of Dwayne Bowe's when he became the Kansas City Chiefs coach. On Monday, the Chiefs made sure their young wideout wouldn't be able to test free agency.

2013 pro days schedule and analysis -
Between the combine and the draft, coaches and scouts turn their attention to pro day workouts to watch the talent up close and in person. See the full schedule and analysis.

Eight players receive the franchise tag in 2013 | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
After 13 players received the franchise tag in 2011, and an NFL-record 21 players received the franchise tag in 2012, the National Football League announced on Monday that just eight players received the franchise tag from their respective clubs in 2013.

Big Board: Post-combine thoughts on players moving up, down - NFL, NFLDRAFT - -
Some (Cordarrelle Patterson) answered questions at the combine. Others (Manti Te'o) simply raised more doubts. Rob Rang churns through the data and updates his list of the top 64 prospects.

The Shutdown 50: Arthur Brown, Kansas State LB | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
With the 2012 NFL season in the books, and the scouting combine in the rear-view, it's time to take a closer look at the 50 players we think will be the biggest difference-makers at the next level from this draft class. To that end, we're happy to start this year's Shutdown 50 scouting reports (Hint: There may actually be more than 50). You can read last year's group here. The final 50 players listed were chosen and ranked based on game tape, combine results, overall positional value, and attributes and liabilities on and off the field.

Cowboys to use franchise tag on Anthony Spencer | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
For the second consecutive offseason, the Dallas Cowboys will use the franchise tag on Anthony Spencer, according to a tweet posted by Spencer's Dallas-based agent, Jordan Woy.

2013 Free Agency: Setting the Stage | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of gets you ready for the next few weeks

Let's play the realignment game! | National Football Post
Think the NFL has their eight divisions set up correctly? Then get a load of what we have in mind.

Titans decide not to tag Jared Cook | National Football Post
Tight end was prepared to seek $10.54 million wide receiver tag.

Eric Fisher claims No. 1 spot in 2013 NFL Draft Big Board 2.0 -
You might not be entirely familiar with Eric Fisher, but scouts certainly are. In fact, Bucky Brooks pegs the Central Michigan offensive tackle as the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft.