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Seahawks sign CB Phillip Adams - Mar. 27, 2014
The Seattle Seahawks have brought back a familiar face to add depth to their secondary.

Seahawks add free agent cornerback Phillip Adams UPDATED | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Adams also has a history as a punt returner, with 32 for 198 yards the last two seasons, a spot where the Seahawks appear to need some competition after losing 2013 leading punt returner Golden Tate in free agency, as well as Walter Thurmond, who also got some returns in the preseason (though Richard Sherman was officially the backup at the end of the season).

The secret to the Seattle Seahawks' draft success
Charley Casserly and Charles Davis discuss the key to the Seattle Seahawks' continuing success in the NFL Draft.

Jared Allen was a luxury the Seahawks couldn't afford -
While Jared Allen would have filled a need along Seattle's defensive line, that doesn't mean the Seahawks should have splurged to sign him like Chicago did. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Updated mock draft: 27th March | Seahawks Draft Blog
I really wrestled with this mock draft today. There are four or five players I could've easily paired with Seattle before I even wrote this piece. It'd be

NFL Draft 2014: Aaron Donald isn't concerned with size criticisms -
The Pitt defensive star and first-round draft prospect has brushed off questions about his size as easily as offensive linemen.

10 Marketing Lessons From Seattle Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman At #AdobeSummit
Richard Sherman speaks to 7,000 digital marketers. Photo courtesy of Adobe Today's keynote session at the Adobe Digital Marketing Summit brought Super Bowl

2014 NFL Draft: Rick Smith Needs To Improve In Middle Rounds - Battle Red Blog
They say that general managers make their money drafting in the middle rounds. That's Rounds 3, 4 and 5. So let us compare Houston Texans GM Rick Smith's haul in those rounds with that of the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. You'll noti

Why the Seahawks will be fine without Jared Allen | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks didn’t lose free agent Jared Allen. They never had him, and the Super Bowl champions need to stick to their well-thought-plan to uncover underrated talent in free agency and the NFL draft.

2014 NFL trade rumors: DeSean Jackson to the Jets, more trades that should happen | Audibles -
Chris Burke and Doug Farrar take on the roles of NFL general managers in Mock GM, as they work on speculative wheeling and dealing … Trade 1: DeSean Jackson to the Jets for a third-round pick Philadelphia's GM reacts (Doug Farrar): It's clear that our team is ready to move on from De...

St. Louis Rams optimistic about landing Kenny Britt - ESPN
After a quiet first two weeks of free agency, business has picked up for the St. Louis Rams this week. In a 48-hour span, the team added depth at defe

Thiel: No way to know about Seahawks’ pursuits | Sportspress Northwest
As with all Super Bowl champions, the Seahawks must stand still as others pick off their feathers in free agency. They are not yet naked.

Boling: Jared Allen wouldn’t have been worth hit to Hawks’ salary cap | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Sometimes it takes a season or two to realize, but when it comes to free agency, it’s often the moves you don’t make that are the best.

ATL Mailbag: Who's more Super than Russell Wilson? -
In the latest edition of the ATL Mailbag, Dan Hanzus creates his own Coach Frankenstein, picks a new playoff team and wonders if any young QB will be as successful as Russell Wilson.

Vince Wilfork, Patriots agree to three-year extension -
Vince Wilfork won't be released. The veteran defensive tackle and the New England Patriots have agreed on a three-year, $22.5 million contract extension, per Ian Rapoport.

Shaun Phillips, Tennessee Titans strike two-year deal -
Shaun Phillips and the Tennessee Titans agreed on a two-year deal worth up to $6 million Thursday, per Ian Rapoport. The veteran pass rusher likely will work in a rotation with Akeem Ayers and Derrick Morgan.

Kenny Vaccaro to play more defined role for Saints' D -
Kenny Vaccaro played all over the field as a rookie, but Saints coach Sean Payton said the safety's responsibilities will be "clearer" with the arrival of high-profile free agent Jairus Byrd.

Redskins' Jason Hatcher to be used in multiple fronts -
The Washington Redskins know that Jason Hatcher had his best season playing on the interior of the defensive line. Jay Gruden said he will take advantage of his lineman's ability to play in multiple spots.

Bruce Arians: 'No reason' Cards can't make Super Bowl -
Can the Arizona Cardinals make it to the Super Bowl next season, when they also host the game? Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says: "I ain't afraid of it."

Jared Allen's highest offer came from Oakland Raiders -
Turns out, it wasn't all about the money for Jared Allen. Ian Rapoport reports that the Oakland Raiders, not the Chicago Bears, offered the highest earning opportunity for the veteran.

Agent's Take: Did Broncos mortgage future with spending spree? -
Did the Broncos hurt their future with their spending spree? A breakdown of the deals reveals some flexibility in case the free agents are busts.

PHOTO: Richard Sherman and Condoleezza Rice at Sweet 16 -
Richard Sherman and Condoleezza Rice show us how a Sweet 16 selfie is done.

Tape vs. Workouts | National Football Post
How much emphasis should be placed on Pro Day workouts compared to what transpired on the field?

NFP Mock Draft 2.0 | National Football Post
Free agency has changed some clubs' plans

Jake Locker's recovery going well | National Football Post
Had foot surgery.

Why the NFL needs a 16-team playoff tournament | The MMQB with Peter King
ORLANDO – The expanded playoffs are coming, sooner rather than later. That much was certain in listening to several coaches and owners, and then commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday.

Michael Vick-Geno Smith situation shows New York Jets are off-course | The MMQB with Peter King
Some have lamented that, as one headline put it, “[Michael] Vick’s arrival in New York takes impatience with a young quarterback to a new level.” Rex Ryan might disagree.

Philadelphia Eagles rumors: More than just DeSean Jackson on trading block? | Audibles -
In his first season as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach, Chip Kelly took his team from 4-12 to 10-6 and the top of the NFC East. The former Oregon offensive mastermind did so primarily with the players he had inherited from the Andy Reid administration, but the way things look at this point, ...

Kenny Britt still evaluating his options | ProFootballTalk
On Tuesday, Rams G.M. Les Snead expressed optimism regarding his team's ability to land veteran receiver Kenny Britt, putting the chances at more than 50 percent. Snead also suggested that a decision could be made within 48 hours.

2013 Fumble Recovery Data Has Jets, Cowboys at Extremes —
There are few statistics more random in all of sports than fumble recoveries. When a football is on the ground, it’s not the case that better teams are more likely to fall on the ball than bad teams: in the NFL, recovering fumbles is nearly all luck and little skill. This is a fact widely accepted by all statisticians, but I figured I would still crunch the numbers just to confirm.

2014 NFL Draft: Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook for 3rd Week of Free Agency | Bleacher Report
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Private Workouts Far More Important for Manziel Than Individual Pro Day | Bleacher Report
Many consider Johnny Manziel one of the top quarterback's in this years draft class. Like many of the higher rated quarterbacks in this class, Manziel chose not to throw at the combine, ...

Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles? «
The answer is easy if you understand one thing: Pro days don’t mean anything

2014 NFL Draft: Evaluating the Top 25 Small School Prospects | Optimum Scouting
They don’t get much, if any, love throughout the regular season and are generally thought of as after-thoughts at All-Star games, but small school prospects have emerged as a key part of the scouting process. Having a keen eye for small schoolers who can make a big impact has guided teams like the Ravens to consistently successful drafts.