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Joe Robbins

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NFL Draft RB Tape Review - NFL Draft Preview -
See where Wisconsin's Montee Ball lands as Evan Silva breaks down and ranks the 2013 NFL draft's running back class.

NFL Draft Rumblings 3/6/2013 | Pro Football Hot Reads
@RUSSLANDE (NFP) w some NFL Draft Rumblings. San Diego ST TE Gavin Escobar right there w Eifert/Ertz. LBs Zaviar Gooden (Mizzou) & Khaseem Greene (Rutgers) 3rd rd picks or below. Tms taking look at Auburn WR Onterio McCalebb despite size because of blazing speed. ALA’s Jesse Williams could join 1st rd DT party.

Who Is Darren Fells, and How Can He Help the Seattle Seahawks' 'Passing Attack? | Bleacher Report
Yesterday afternoon, Ian Rapoport of reported that the Seattle Seahawks had signed former professional basketball player Darren Fells to a three-year deal. For those of you who don't know who Fells is, he's the brother to New England Patriots tight end Daniel Fells and he last played football in high school.

Pictures don't lie: Wallace is better FA receiver option than Jennings - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
With Dwayne Bowe staying in KC, Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings are the top free-agent options at WR. Pete Prisco says Wallace wins, and has the pics to prove it.

Free agency primer: Ranking the tight ends -
Need a tight end? There are actually a lot of great options available in free agency from Tony Gonzalez to Fred Davis and beyond. Gregg Rosenthal breaks down the position's top free agents.

Mock draft Wednesday’s: 6th March (trade edition) " Seahawks Draft Blog
Today I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. A mock draft with trades. Considering the fruitless nature of trying to predict 32 picks anyway, I thought I might as well throw in a few deals to change the angle of the debate.

John Schneider has pockets " Seahawks Draft Blog
Last year, we predicted that Seattle would go pass rusher in round one. We predicted Seattle would go linebacker in round two. We predicted they’d go running back in round three and quarterback in round four. I also thought they’d add a second linebacker, as well as a corner and safety in the later picks.

Richard Sherman taking his message to his roots
Richard Sherman always has a lot to say about a variety of topics. But the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback is taking his loquacious act to his old high school in Compton during a trio of stops on Wednesday.

Thoughts on Seahawks' potential interest in Jared Cook - Blog -
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby discuss the Seahawks' tight-end situation and their potential interest in the Titans' Jared Cook, who is scheduled to become a free agent. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

QB salaries and championship windows - NFC West Blog - ESPN
ESPN's Chris Mortensen has driven another nail into the Darrelle Revis-to-San Francisco coffin we constructed board by board by board by board.

Morning links: ESPN analyst Herm Edwards thinks Flynn stays put | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
"I don’t know if they even trade him," Edwards said. "Keep the guy. I think his base (salary) is like $5 million, which is about what some of these quarterbacks make anymore when they’re the backups. That’s just mindboggling to me. But if I’m Pete Carroll, you know you’re always one injury away from losing your starting quarterback. "And they went out and acquired Matt Flynn to compete to be the starting quarterback. I think they still feel pretty good about him. The problem is Russell Wilson has become a franchise guy for them. And that’s a good thing. You draft a guy in the third round, you can anticipate this guy to have a great future in Seattle. But unless you get something you really want, you keep the guy."

2013 NFL draft - Tennessee WR Justin Hunter backed up game tape at the combine - ESPN
The workout numbers that come out of the NFL combine get plenty of attention, and they are a useful tool for scouts when formulating final evaluation on prospects. Strong numbers can put a final stamp on a high grade for some players, but for others they simply don't match up to what we see during film study. Some prospects confirm what we've seen on many hours of game tape, while others force us to take a deeper look to see if we missed anything in our initial scouting report.

Wayne Hunter reportedly released by St. Louis Rams -
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Rams on Wednesday released offensive tackle Wayne Hunter. The move saves St. Louis $4 million in cap space and comes as no surprise.

Report: Dwight Freeney draws Denver Broncos interest -
Denver wants Pro Bowl end Elvis Dumervil to take a pay cut or they will release him, says Albert Breer. If Dumervil goes, the Broncos might acquire veteran pass-rusher Dwight Freeney.

Scout Talk | National Football Post
These are the draft prospects who scouts say can help themselves the most at their pro days

Report: Broncos could release Elvis Dumervil if he doesn’t agree to a pay cut | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
As it turns out, Darrelle Revis might not be the only high-ticket defender who might find a new home this offseason. According to a report from the Denver Post, the Denver Broncos want defensive end Elvis Dumervil to take a pretty serious pay cut, and they may release the three-time Pro Bowler and one-time first-team All-Pro if he doesn't agree. Dumervil has a $12 million base salary for the 2013 season, and carries a $13.6 million cap hit this year, and the Broncos need to move that money around. According to our own Brian McIntyre, the Broncos enter this free-agency period with $14.93 million in cap space, and they certainly don't want one guy taking that up.

The perfect fit? | National Football Post
With the possibility looming of Wes Welker leaving New England, many believe that Danny Amendola will be the next man up for the Patriots.

Draft Rumblings | National Football Post
Russ Lande tells you what he is hearing from people around the NFL.

The 25 million dollar quarterback | National Football Post
Can a star quarterback's salary kill your team?

In deep pool of D-line talent, schemes will dictate picks -
This NFL draft is deep in defensive line prospects like Sharrif Floyd, but scheme (3-4 or 4-3) and need dictate when players go. Pat Kirwan breaks down D-linemen.

Futures: Arkansas RB Knile Davis | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
When I saw the 2012 Lewin Career Forecast, I had already studied Russell Wilson. In fact, I told a panel of draft analysts on a National Football Post podcast (beginning at the 17:42 mark) that included Josh Norris, Wes Bunting, and Josh Buchanan that Wilson was my sleeper quarterback in this draft. I was cynical that Wilson would be picked before the third round, but once Seattle opted for the N.C. State-Wisconsin quarterback, my immediate thought was that Wilson would be a pivotal test case against height bias in the NFL.

RSPWP2: Waldman’s Early Thoughts | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
I love this draft. It has defensive-minded Jene Bramel taking gunslinger Jay Cutler, yours truly ditching offense for two monolithic bad boys with wheels on the defensive line, and Football Outsiders’ founder Aaron Schatz talking intangibles. Intangibles!

Don’t rule out an Asomugha trade | ProFootballTalk
Last year, it was widely presumed that the Eagles would cut cornerback Asante Samuel and his eight-figure salary. Then, out of nowhere, the Eagles traded Samuel to the Falcons.

NFL Draft RB Tape Review - NFL Draft Preview -
See where Wisconsin's Montee Ball lands as Evan Silva breaks down and ranks the 2013 NFL draft's running back class.

2013 Free-Agent Book: Reggie Bush - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
An introduction: Last year, I put together free-agent books from the perspective of a player agent for four different players, starting with Mike Wallace before moving on to Matt Flynn, Mario Williams, and Arian Foster. This year, I'll be doing the same for three players, starting today with Reggie Bush.

NFL Free Agency 20 Years Later: Pros and Cons | The Tailgater
NFL free agency began 20 years ago next week, and many experts are using the anniversary as an opportunity to look back and examine the "pros and cons" of free agency. I figured I would do the same.

2013 NFL Draft: CB Banks improves 40 time at pro day - CBSSports
A first-round hopeful, Johnthan Banks improved his 40-yard-dash times at Mississippi State's on-campus pro day.

Pro-Day Workouts: Week of March 4th
The pro-day workouts kick off week one as a busy schedule awaits teams who will crisscross the nation the next month. Here’s a breakdown of the practices. March 6th: Update from Mississippi State

On The Couch" with @nfldraftscout and @OptimumScouting:
Chiefs, QBs, T.Austin, Patton talk + more! RT @SigmundBloom: "On The Couch" with @nfldraftscout and @OptimumScouting:

Cosell’s Take: The Chip Kelly litmus test | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The NFL game right now is truly fascinating. It’s evolving in so many interesting ways. Many traditional staples remain, but different concepts and tactics have taken hold. This has been particularly evident on the offensive side of the ball, where the infusion of what were once viewed solely (and negatively) as college schemes become more and more prevalent. There has been increasing integration between Saturday football and Sunday football, the most noticeable, of course, being the read option and the Pistol.