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Baalke: 49ers want new deal for Kaepernick before training camp | CSN Bay Area
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is scheduled to earn about half the salary of 49ers backup Blaine Gabbert this season.

Colin Kaepernick extension deal with the 49ers by training camp? GM Trent Baalke says that’s the goal – Talking Points
"We’re going to work extremely hard, very diligently in trying to get something done prior to training camp," Baalke said. "That’s the objective right now, as it stands."

2014 NFL Mock Drafts - Dane Brugler -
Dane Brugler's expert NFL mock draft -- provide by and

5 NFL Teams That Struck Gold in Free Agency | Bleacher Report
Though it’s widely known that Super Bowls are not won in March, several teams certainly seem to be planting some really promising seeds for the winter harvest.

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson to be honored by NC State - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Russell Wilson’s state-hopping offseason will include a stop in Raleigh, where Wilson will be honored by the North Carolina State football program at the Wolfpack’s annual spring game on April 12.

Carroll talks about possible rule changes - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Carroll is in favor of allowing teams to suit out 49 players for each game instead of 46, but he wants to take it a step further. "Why don’t we have all 53 guys [suited out]? Carroll asked. "They’re all getting paid. I can’t imagine why we wouldn’t. Why not let them all play?"

Recalling Seattle's top five compensatory pick selections | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
As noted in the earlier blog, Seattle was not awarded any compensatory picks for the 2014 Draft, selections given to teams that had a net loss of free agents in 2013.

Press Releases : News : Senior Bowl
Every NFL organization needs these six 'insurance polcies' to ensure they have a quality draft.

Rams, Greg Reid Prove to Be Perfect Fit Together | Bleacher Report
St. Louis Rams news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Kenny Britt, St. Louis Rams closing in on contract? -
St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead said Tuesday that his chances of signing Kenny Britt are "better than 50 percent." Does he have competition from the Washington Redskins?

Niners GM wants Kaepernick deal done before camp -
General manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday in Orlando that the San Francisco 49ers hope to have a new contract with quarterback Colin Kaepernick by the start of training camp in late July.

2014 NFL Draft: The top-5 QBs, what you need to know -
This draft class doesn't have a no-brainer quarterback pick at the top, but the intrigue of this deep quarterback group is where will the top-5 passers end up and why?

Larry Fitzgerald: Best hands in the NFL -
Larry Fitzgerald dropped one of 83 catchable passes last season, a drop rate that led the NFL. Find out where other receivers ranked.

Imports and exports: Part II | National Football Post
A deeper look at the rotating casts in the NFL.

National Football Post | All Angles. All Access.
National Football Post is a distinctive forum where football news, information, and insight come together through the voices of professional football insiders. Covering the NFL, Fantasy Football and

York: Kaepernick should be paid like a top QB | CSN Bay Area
The 49ers appear prepared to make Colin Kaepernick one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league.

Bill Belichick asks why can't we challenge everything? | Audibles -
There's no question that the 2013 season marked a new low for officiating in general among refs who weren't lockout replacements. Call after call was botched during the season (especially by the often hilarious Jeff Triplette), and though different solutions have been proposed, there's not much ...

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Blake Bortles goes No. 1 to Houston Texans | Audibles -
Don't believe everything you hear. Like, for instance, that the entire league suddenly has cooled on Teddy Bridgewater because of one so-so pro day. The concerns about Bridgewater's game -- height, weight, playing style, accuracy -- are the same as they have been all along.

Andy Dalton has a lot to prove before Bengals should extend contract | The MMQB with Peter King
ORLANDO — If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results, then the Bengals are certifiable when it comes to quarterback Andy Dalton.

Andrew Brandt’s owners meeting primer, plus sports law takeaways | The MMQB with Peter King
We are in the midst of the 2014 NFL owners meetings, the league’s annual rite of spring during which owners and team personnel surface in a plush resort to discuss issues affecting the league and its teams.

NFL hears message of inclusion, prepares gay initiative at meetings | The MMQB with Peter King
The NFL’s ramped-up efforts to promote understanding and inclusion within its ranks in advance of Michael Sam’s expected entry into the league are continuing this week at the annual owners meetings, with an appearance by Wade Davis, the executive director of the advocacy group You Can Play, whic...

Trent Baalke leads San Francisco 49ers towards long-term success | The MMQB with Peter King
ORLANDO, Fla. — Four things I've learned while doing a lot of lobby-hanging at the annual NFL meetings: 1. Trent Baalke is a force to be reckoned with in the NFL.

Alex Carrington agrees to deal with Rams | ProFootballTalk
Free agent defensive lineman Alex Carrington has found his new home, in St. Louis. Carrington has agreed to a deal with the Rams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The 26-year-old Carrington has played his entire four-year NFL career with the Bills.

Packers plan to use Julius Peppers as a linebacker, mostly | ProFootballTalk
From the moment the Packers went against stereotype and signed former Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, the question became how they'd use him. That has been answered, for now. According to Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.

NFL Draft: Is Northern Illinois Safety Jimmie Ward a First-Round Talent? | Bleacher Report
Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward has man-coverage ability, ball skills and plays the game with a physical style. But should Ward be considered a first-round talent at the position?

B/R NFL 1000: Top 35 3-4 Defensive Ends | Bleacher Report
The spread of the 3-4 defense in the NFL has led many scouting departments to scour colleges looking for the best big-bodied athletes to play defensive end in this alignment. What are they looking for? A rare athlete with strength, quickness, awareness and an ability to both stop the run and rush the passer.

Insiders grade Arizona Cardinals free agency - ESPN
"Not a ton of moves here, but I really liked their decision to aggressively pursue Veldheer, the best left tackle out there in my estimation," he said. "Additionally, the money was fair value given the market."

2014 NFL Free Agency - Best team fits for top remaining FAs - ESPN

Even though much of the big money has been spent and most of the biggest names have found homes, free agency is far from over. It's often after the first wave of free agency that teams begin to find real value. Sometimes they may not even realize how significant that value is. The Patriots signed Julian Edelman to a one-year, $715,000 deal on April 10, 2013; that worked out pretty well. The Cardinals found their starting right tackle, Eric Winston, and top sack artist, John Abraham, during training camp.

The keynote speaker at the NFL meetings was revealing. | : Dan Pompei Article
For this year's keynote address at the NFL meetings, Goodell tabbed Dov Seidman, author of "How: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything," who is an expert at fostering ethical cultures. Did his words fall on deaf ears?

Cleaning up the Panthers, Cowboys and Chiefs' messes. | : Mike Tanier Article
We think of free agency as a shopping spree. But for every binge, there's a purge. And some of the purges are out-and-out guttings. Here's how the Panthers, Cowboys and Chiefs can clean up the messes they made with free agency purges.

Kam Chancellor's hip issue won't be like Percy Harvin's - ESPN
Don't be too concerned about Kam Chancellor's upcoming hip surgery. This is not a Percy Harvin situation.

York: Baalke, Harbaugh tension works for the 49ers | CSN Bay Area
Yes, there might be tension between 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke.

Some thoughts on Donte Moncrief | Seahawks Draft Blog
Donte Moncrief’s 2013 tape is pretty average and frustrating. And it’s not really his fault. Not entirely.

Chancellor reportedly to have 'minor' hip surgery — or is he? UPDATED | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
ESPN’s John Clayton reported today that Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor will have a minor hip surgery soon to clean up a problem that developed last season. UPDATED — Chancellor later issued this Tweet that appeared to debunk Clayton’s report:

McKenzie: Veldheer didn’t want to be a Raider anymore | ProFootballTalk
"No, "McKenzie said of Saffold, via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. "It really wasn’t a setback. … The setback was the one that got away from us. "Losing Veldheer was a blow to me. He didn’t want to come back. It wasn’t about finances. The kid didn’t want to play for the Raiders anymore, and I struggled with that."