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Jamie Squire


Tarvaris Jackson likely to stay in Seattle | ProFootballTalk
Poised to become a free agent on March 11, Jackson currently is expected to sign a new contract to remain in Seattle. Per a league source, Jackson wants to remain the backup to Russell Wilson, and the team wants him to stay.

What happens next? | National Football Post
An inside look at the timeline teams face in the aftermath of the Combine.

The Free-Agent Countdown, 50 to 1 | The MMQB with Peter King
Part I of the top 2014 free-agent players available, which ranks 100-51, can be found here. 50. Vincent Rey LB, Cincinnati (Age 26) The restricted free agent was undrafted and has risen to the point where he had a couple monster games in ’13, including a three-sack effort vs. Ravens.

San Francisco 49ers – Niner Insider Blog » Past Perspective: York on Harbaugh/Baalke before Super Bowl XLVII
In far less controversial times – three days before a Super Bowl the 49ers were favored to win, to be exact – Niners CEO Jed York acknowledged the relationship between Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke wasn’t always hugs and back slaps.

Bucky's Big Board 2.0: Sammy Watkins, Khalil Mack rise up -
On the heels of a strong performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, Pitt DT Aaron Donald made the biggest jump up Bucky Brooks' updated Big Board. See which prospects fill out the rest of the list.

Pete Carroll remains bothered by NCAA's investigation of USC -
Pete Carroll still isn't pleased with how the NCAA handled its investigation into the USC program, he said Wednesday night.

Support growing within league for adding two teams to NFL playoffs
There is growing support within the league for expanding the NFL playoff field by two teams, likely beginning in the 2015 season, and the chances are increasing that the franchise owners will consider and potentially vote on such a proposal when they meet next month, according to several people familiar with the deliberations on the issue.

A guide to salary-cap and free-agency terminology -
Rosetta Stone doesn't teach NFL free agency, which is unfortunate.

NFL's most important coaches: Bill Belichick, Jim Harbaugh top list | Audibles -
In the reports of tension earlier this week between San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and the team's front office (specifically general manager Trent Baalke), there was this interesting tidbit from NFL.

Thoughts from a week spent at the NFL combine -
Back from a week in Indy at the NFL combine. Here are some thoughts from what I saw and heard:

49ers extend Daniel Kilgore’s contract | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers may lose center Jonathan Goodwin to free agency this offseason and he’s nearing the end of the line even if he does return, so they’ve decided to make sure that his backup is around beyond 2014.

Draft Mecca
“Box score scouting” is as or more dangerous in the sport of football as any other on Earth. With 22 moving parts on any given play, it's hard to come up with a metric to compare and/or contrast players that aren't influenced by the system the player plays in, the strength of his opponent, or the strength of the teammates next to him.

Pete Carroll Teaches Us How To Win And Live The Right Way | Neon Tommy
What a freakin’ night! Sorry, Pete Carroll’s enthusiasm must be contagious. It sure seems that way, as he’s taken the 5-11 2009 Seattle Seahawks and turned them into a Super Bowl champion only four years later. And it's all centered around his main life philosophy: competition

Seahawks fans need to embrace change amid tough salary-cap calls | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Seahawks face tough decisions as they wrestle with the NFL salary cap. Yet there’s no reason to think the team’s braintrust can’t continue to find good values in strange places as they replace popular players.

Russell Wilson won't bat at Texas Rangers camp -
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is being a pleasant host to Russell Wilson, but that doesn't mean he'll let the Seattle Seahawks quarterback get an authentic spring training experience.

Lane takes the long way in kick coverage | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
While looking at the plays for the Percy Harvin post, I stumbled across something else. It was the route Jeremy Lane took in kick coverage for a Robert Turbin return against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11. This speaks to Lane’s speed and how a lot of work doesn’t show up in stats. Check out where he starts and finishes:

Jackson wants to stay with Seattle: Super Bowl champ returns home | The Montgomery Advertiser |
After a whirlwind summer that saw Tarvaris Jackson cut by the Buffalo Bills and re-signed by the Seattle Seahawks, the Montgomery native saw part of his dream come true as a member of a Super Bowl champion earlier this month.

Jimmy Graham heads top 101 NFL free agents for 2014 -
Like this draft class, the 2014 free-agent crop is deep and talented. Teams looking for a defensive lineman or cornerback are especially in luck.

2014 NFL Mock Drafts : Mock draft 3.0: QBs have slight drop
Clowney's lack of production this season is a concern, but his combination of size and explosiveness will be too tough to pass up.

Seahawks and NFL Draft: Who will they take at No. 32? | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
With the NFL Combine wrapped up, a look ahead to the NFL draft and what options the Seahawks might have with their first-round draft pick.

Video: Golden Tate talks about pending free agency and life after the Super Bowl | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seattle receive Golden Tate participated in a Verizon Wireless “Save It Seattle” assembly today at Auburn Riverside High School, warning against the dangers of texting and driving.

Seahawks’ Golden Tate: “Hopefully I can call Seattle home for a few more years” | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Receiver Golden Tate will be a free agent on March 11 and would like to stay with the team. “I have expressed that I would like to stay on this team because I see this team winning for a long time. But we will see.”

Is Joel Bitonio a first round option for the Seahawks? | Seahawks Draft Blog
I’d not watched any Nevada games live during the 2013 season and my access to the Senior Bowl was somewhere between non existent and limited this year.

Post-combine mock draft (two rounds): 26th February | Seahawks Draft Blog
Lot’s of changes as you’d expect after the combine. I’ve also added a second round.

The play of plays? The “Immaculate Deflection,” of course
We asked the readers of to vote for the best play from the best season in franchise history, and the overwhelming choice is Richard Sherman’s deflected pass in the end zone that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.

49ers make rare change on offensive line - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers took a step Thursday that will signal change on their starting offensive line for the first time since 2011.

Russell Wilson tells Access Hollywood he will go on ‘Dancing With the Stars' at some point | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
There is no doubting the feats of Russell Wilson on the football field. But can he do the Argentine tango?

49ers' dysfunction sharply contrasts with Seahawks' harmony | - Sports
The Seattle Seahawks struck the most significant blow yet in the NFL's best rivalry when they earned the Super Bowl title that narrowly eluded the San Francisco 49ers a year earlier.

NFL Free Agency 2014: Advice for League's Cash-Strapped Teams
With free agency set to begin on March 11, teams have less than two weeks to get their initial salary cap numbers in order. A majority of the teams will be sitting pretty when unrestricted free agents hit the market, yet that's not the case for every organization.

Salary cap expected to make $10 million jump in 2014 -
The salary cap is set to make a big jump in 2014.

Agent's take: 49ers face challenges in any new deal with Kaepernick -
Believe it or not, former 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will be a factor in contract talks with Colin Kaepernick. But that's not the only concern.

San Francisco 49ers 2014 offseason preview -
With the 2013 season officially in the books, the Eye on Football staff is looking ahead to the offseason for all 32 NFL teams. Next up: The San Francisco 49ers.

Arrest warrant issued for Darren Sharper in New Orleans rape case -
New Orleans police has issued an arrest warrant for former Saints safety Darren Sharper on two counts of aggravated rape.

Rob Rang: Pairing Clowney with Watt would be Texans' best move -
Texans need a quarterback and Dane Brugler like Blake Bortles for the No. 1 pick, but Rob Rang doesn't see a QB worthy so he goes with Jadeveon Clowney.

2014 Combine performance: QBs, RBs, and WRs | National Football Post
Skill position players took the field on Sunday as the Combine continued. This article reviews the performance of the skill players. As mentioned in my earlier article, the data used as the basis for this article comes from The NFL does not, however, report the splits within the 40-yard dash. This is very meaningful information that I usually obtain from other sources. Because of the importance of the 10-yard splits to running backs and wide receivers, though, I did use the 10-yard information from Complete 40-yard splits will be reported in a wrap-up article later in March.

2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Greg Robinson goes No. 2 to St. Louis Rams | Audibles -
This will not be a draft where the talent suddenly plummets after Round 2, or even after Day 2. There are definite starters to be had in the mid-rounds — players like Keith McGill, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ja’Wuan James, Donte Moncrief and A.J. McCarron did not make the cut here, in Audibles’ first two-round mock of the season. All could climb into the top two rounds eventually, and they plus dozens of others ought to be able to compete for jobs in camp.

Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry bring new level of LSU excellence to 2014 NFL draft | Audibles -
LSU has sent several receivers to the NFL in the last few decades. From Eric Martin to Eddie Kennison back in the day, to Devery Henderson and Dwayne Bowe more recently, the Tigers have been a good source for raw talent at the position.

NFL playoff field expansion: League could feature 14 teams as early as 2015 | Audibles -
The NFL postseason field could number 14 teams as early as 2015, per a report by the Washington Post's Mark Maske. According to that report, owners could vote on such a proposal next month during the league's annual meetings. "I think there’s a lot of momentum for it," a source told Maske.

2014 NFL free-agent rankings (defensive and special teams players) | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
At 4 p.m. on March 11, the spending spree begins. That’s when NFL free agency officially begins.

2014 NFL free-agent rankings (offensive players) | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
At 4 p.m. ET on March 11, the spending spree begins. That’s when NFL free agency officially opens. Teams have their wallets ready, with the salary cap increasing past $130 million, and hundreds of free agents available to drop millions on.

Three top quarterbacks already invited to the draft | ProFootballTalk
Ron Jaworski may not be willing to take Johnny Manziel in the first three rounds of the 2014 draft, but the NFL is willing to bet someone will take him, earlier rather than later.

Nate Washington wants to stay, but knows cap may force him to go | ProFootballTalk
Near the end of the regular season, Titans wide receiver Nate Washington faced questions about the possibility that he’d take a pay cut in order to remain with the Titans in 2014.

Predictions in Review: AFC South —
During the 2013 offseason, I wrote 32 articles under the RPO 2013 tag. In my Predictions in Review series, I review those preview articles with the benefit of hindsight. Previously, I reviewed the AFC West and the NFC West. Today, the AFC South, beginning with a straightforward case in Tennessee.

Jimmy Garoppolo continues to gain admirers ahead of 2014 NFL draft - NFL - Don Banks -
With the combine having passed into history, the NFL draft's annual wart-finding season is almost in full bloom. On that front, it has been a particularly brutal week for the presumed upper echelon of this year's quarterback class, who have gotten laid to waste by the league's talking head/contrarian set.

It's time for the Packers to import free agents, especially on defense. | : Dan Pompei Article
Sports on Earth's NFL writers Mike Tanier, Dan Pompei, Russ Lande and Robert Weintraub will be providing an offseason assessment of all 32 NFL teams -- identifying the most pressing problems facing each one and proposing the best solutions. Click here for links to every entry in the series.

NFL Draft Analyst Calls Johnny Manziel an “Impudent Whelp.” | The Tailgater
Noted NFL draft expert and sovereign dictator of Latveria Doctor Victor von Doom called former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel an “impudent whelp” on a radio program on Thursday, adding that “Doom does not suffer such foolishness as that insolent little cur getting drafted in the first three rounds.”

AFC East Draft Winds: Rumors connecting players, NFL teams -
College Football 24/7 takes a look at the buzz surrounding the AFC East teams leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Alex Amidon gives up football to attempt to become Navy SEAL -
Boston College wide receiver Alex Amidon, who finished his career in 2013 as the school's leading career receiver, has decided to bypass a potential NFL future and instead try to become a Navy SEAL.

Savage: Aaron Donald could be top-15 pick -
A former Cleveland Browns general manager believes Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald might have placed himself in the top 15 picks of the NFL draft with his combine performance.

The QB to Defend The Planet (You Pick) | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
I posed this fantastical question to Ryan Riddle and Sigmund Bloom the other day. If an alien race came to earth and challenged us to a game of football to keep the planet, who would be your starting quarterback? I have my answer, but I want to hear yours.

2014 NFL Draft: Ben Natan's Interior Line Rankings - With the First Pick - NFL Scouting Reports, College Football, and the 2013 NFL Draft
Though tackles get all the spotlight, it is the interior linemen that due the real heavy lifting for an offensive line. Interior pressure can absolutely ruin a passing game and disruption can make a power running game obsolete. Basically, the need for top notch guards and centers is a must for an offense to be successful. This class has plenty of players that can contribute inside and be an asset for an offense.

2014 NFL Draft: Pro day schedule -
Track all the action from dozens of pro days around the country, the final on-field opportunity for NFL scouts to evaluate hundreds of 2014 NFL Draft prospects.

2014 NFL Draft: Full Three-Round Post-Combine Mock Draft
Round One Houston Texans – Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, Louisville Bridgewater has the makings of a franchise quarterback, and those don’t grow on trees. Houston has a lot of holes to fill, but getting a quarterback to drive their offense is atop the list.