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Russell Wilson, Keith Price more than passing friends | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Seattle star quarterbacks developed a bond last season that remains strong.

Russell Wilson, Seahawks carry great expectations in 2013 | Sports Pages | The Seattle Times
This season, Wilson moves from underdog darling to front-runner, an inevitable metamorphosis after his rookie year. How he carries that weight, how he handles adjusted definitions of failure and success, could mean as much as his on-field preparation.

Kyle Shanahan explains the secret to Washington's read-option success | The MMQB with Peter King
The scheme that overran the NFL last year, the read-option is simple in its conception and devastating when executed right. This season we’ll see if it’s built to last

Harbaugh raises concerns over talk of hitting Kaepernick | ProFootballTalk
You’re hearing a lot of tough talk right now,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “You’re hearing some intimidating type of talk — kind of things we were hearing a couple years ago.”

NFL has a shrinking middle class
Drew Rosenhaus has negotiated NFL contracts since 1988, and he can't remember many free agent markets worse than the one that developed — or didn't develop — this year.

Behind the Scenes of Running Back Sons | Madden NFL | EA SPORTS
To celebrate 25 years of Madden NFL, we called on Marshawn Lynch and Arian Foster to play their fathers in our Running Back Sons commercial. Here’s an exclusive behind the scenes look at what unfolded on set.

Fanspeak's FREE 2013 NFL Guide | Fanspeak - Voice Your Passion!
If you've read Fanspeak's Online Football Guides before, you know you're getting a comprehensive preview! And that's exactly what we did for the 2013 NFL Guide! There's a little bit of everything as you see below with detailed analysis and predictions. Pick up your copy today by downloading it here…its FREE and easy! Click here to download now.

The Unofficial 2013 NFL Player Census
With nearly 1,700 different players, the NFL is home to a highly diverse sample of the human population. Many players grew up in US metropolis cities like Los Angeles or New York, but some were born in the exact middle of nowhere. They went to different schools. They are different colors, shapes and sizes. They have different jobs, and accordingly are paid different amounts of money. We call the United States a melting pot. The NFL is no different.

Seattle News and Events | Percy Harvin and the Art of Redundancy
“Why do the Seahawks need Percy Harvin when they already have Sidney Rice and Golden Tate?” Many questions surround the Seahawks as the team enters its most-hyped season ever, but this one might prove the most insistent. It was asked earlier this year when the Hawks signed Harvin to the spendiest contract in team history, and you’re hearing it a lot more since Harvin’s balky hip has sidelined him for most of the season, which starts with Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Seattle Seahawks managing high expectations as regular season nears - ESPN
Wide receiver Sidney Rice remembers the first meeting on the first day of training camp this summer for the Seattle Seahawks.

OAKLAND, Calif.: Marshawn Lynch, known for his Beast Mode style of play, does things his way – and does it quietly | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
In the hills near his waterfront home in nearby Richmond, most mornings during the offseason you can find Marshawn Lynch climbing makeshift stairs he had built for his daily training regimen.

Ryan Leaf's Jailhouse Confessions, Written By His Cell Mate
They called him a better quarterback than Peyton Manning, who kicks off the NFL season tonight against the Super Bowl Champion Ravens. Then they called him the NFL's greatest bust. Now they call him Montana State Prison Inmate No. 3005025. Facing one final shot at salvation, Ryan Leaf tells the true story of his downfall to the most unlikely of writers—his cell mate.

Former teammate wants to talk Winfield out of retirement | ProFootballTalk
Antoine Winfield said he was ready to retire. Not everyone believes him.

Seahawks plan: Keep Cam Newton from running - ESPN
“We can’t let Cam run on us,” Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “We want to make him try to beat us throwing, which I don’t think he can do.”

Tate on returning punts, fantasy football and more -
Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate joined 'The Huddle' and talked about his new duties as Seattle's punt returner before looking ahead to Sunday's opener against Carolina. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Seattle's Sherman puts focus back on field - Seahawks News -
Seattle's Sherman puts focus back on field - Seahawks News at

Person of Interest: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton -
Introducing a new weekly feature in which we put the microscope on one player from the Seahawks' upcoming opponent, starting with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Carolina injury report: Guard Silatolu could sit it out | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
As explained in the second item of this story today from the Carolina Panthers web site, the team may be without starting guard Amini Silatolu for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.

Mathieu on alert for punt returns - NFC West Blog - ESPN
When he was drafted, Tyrann Mathieu knew he wasn’t taking Patrick Peterson’s job as the Arizona Cardinals’ punt returner.

Richard Sherman and Steve Smith, the feud that isn't | - Seattle Sidelines
Seriously guys, what gives?Richard Sherman and Steve Smith, two players who are talented, confident, and not afraid to mix things up, including with...

Should the San Francisco 49ers Fear for Colin Kaepernick's Safety in 2013? | Bleacher Report
Storylines are already starting to take shape as teams ready for their starts to the 2013 NFL regular season...

Why the St. Louis Rams Are Excited About Replacing Jo-Lonn Dunbar | Bleacher Report
When the NFL suspended St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances , head coach Jeff Fisher called Dunbar “selfish,” according to Joe Lyons of the St...

Tim Tebow reportedly gets inquiry to change positions -
Tim Tebow is a quarterback. And he isn't interested in changing positions, despite some reported interest from an unnamed team.

Niners' Jim Harbaugh, NFL exec discuss QB hit rules -
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh contacted the NFL to clear up rules on defenders hitting read-option quarterbacks. Officiating head Dean Blandino explained the conversation on "Around The League Live."

Nnamdi Asomugha offered teammate $24K for No. 24 -
What would you do for $24,000? Actually, don't answer that. Anything you write in this comment section can be held against you in the court of law.

Study shows NFL fans get fatter after their team loses -
A new study shows that more teams lose the fatter NFL fans tend to get. Or at least the worse they tend to eat. You're probably in trouble Raiders fans.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Staff Predictions 2013
Here's your standard warning: Predictions are probably wrong. It is the intrinsic nature of the NFL -- there are so many variables and so much luck involved in a 16-game season that teams will make the playoffs or bomb for totally unexpected and sometimes baffling reasons. We can only guess.

WOWY: Which Receivers Elevate Their Quarterbacks the Most?
In 1998, 21-year-old Randy Moss made a stunning NFL debut, racking up 17 touchdowns and 1,260 True Receiving Yards, the 2nd-best total in football that season. The Vikings’ primary quarterback that year, Randall Cunningham, was a former Pro Bowler and MVP, but all that seemed like a lifetime ago before the ’98 season. He’d been out of football entirely in 1996, and in 1997 he posted an Adjusted Net Yards per Attempt average that was 1.2 points below the league’s average (for reference’s sake, replacement level is usually around 0.75 below average). With Moss in ’98, though, Cunningham’s passing efficiency numbers exploded: he posted a career best +3.2 Relative Adjusted Net Yards per Attempt, miles ahead of his perfectly-average overall career mark. If we adjust for the fact that Cunningham was also 35 at the time (an age at which quarterbacks’ RANY/A rates tend to be 1.1 points below what they are at age 27), Cunningham’s 1998 rate was actually 4.3 points better than we’d expect from the rest of his career, a staggering outlier.

The Official Grantland Super Bowl Odds: Helping You Spend Your Money Since, Well, Today - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The 2013 NFL season is finally here. That means it’s time to talk about football, fantasy, and of course, gambling. In an effort to reduce the i

The All-22 All-Stars: Alex Boone Stands Tall - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The All-22 All-Star Team is an attempt to provide some insight on the NFL's 22 most underappreciated players. Some will be All-Pros who haven't fully