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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Monday

Maddie Meyer

Brand new week.

Bills' Byrd, Redskins' Orakpo likely to go untagged, hit NFL's FA market -
With only Jimmy Graham and Greg Hardy tagged so far, known commodities like Jairus Byrd and Brian Orakpo seem poised to go untagged and enter the free-agent market.

NFL to consider more protections for option quarterbacks | ProFootballTalk
Before Week One of the 2013 regular season, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh successfully applied the Jedi Mind Trick to the Packers, complaining publicly about hits applied to running quarterbacks after handing the ball off on a read-option play — and then dialing up pass after pass from Colin Kaepernick as part of a 412-yard day.

Comparing Zach Miller to Jace Amaro | Seahawks Draft Blog
Sam Farmer at the LA Times published an interesting mock draft today. He had the Seahawks taking a tight end in round one…

Rams free-agent preview: Quarterback - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The free-agent market is scheduled to begin March 11 and teams may begin negotiations with those poised to hit the market beginning March 8. We'll countdown to that with a position-by-position look at what the Rams have in place, who is set to hit the market, what they might need and who might fit the bill.

Steelers' Jason Worilds will be popular in free agency -
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds is drawing serious buzz as an impending free agent. Will the 2013 breakout star be the most popular edge rusher on the open market?

Set to strike it rich | National Football Post
Ndamukong Suh is ready to cash in his chips and become one of the game’s highest paid players.

2014 NFL Mock Drafts - Pat Kirwan -
The NFL combine always seems to shake up the mock drafts. Add to that the issues of retirements and releases that continue to affect team needs and mock drafts.

Harbaugh saga promises to dominate 49ers' season - SFGate
Though the noise has died down, the issue of Jim Harbaugh's future isn't going away.

The Dolphins may be ready to trade Dion Jordan, and that's okay -
Rumors surfaced Friday that the Dolphins may be gauging trade interest for Dion Jordan less than one year after taking him with the No. 3 overall pick. The Dolphins may not want to admit it, but they might be making the right move.

Jaguars have high hopes for Denard Robinson at running back | ProFootballTalk
“Denard Robinson, we didn’t even know what position he was going to play for us – he was the offensive weapon,” Bradley said. “Now we know, ‘OK, we’re going to really lock in on running back,’ and see what he can do.”

Murphy details Competition Committee’s Indy agenda | ProFootballTalk
The NFL’s Competition Committee launches into its busiest period of the year every February, with meetings at the Scouting Combine aimed at identifying the potential rule changes to be recommended for owners in March. Typically, only bits and pieces of the agenda are publicly disclosed, via a smattering or reports based on on-the-record quotes or off-the-record leaks.

The Top Ten Free Agent Acquisitions of 2013 —
On March 11, the 2014 League Year — and the start of free agency — officially begins. But before we turn our attention to Michael Vick and Eric Decker and Greg Hardy and the free agent class of 2014, I thought it would useful to look back at last year’s free agency class.

Report: Raiders like Derek Carr over Johnny Manziel -
The Oakland Raiders have a need at quarterback and reportedly think Derek Carr would do a better job of filling it than Johnny Manziel.

Nick Saban: Safety is No. 1 reason for defensive substitution rule -
Alabama coach Nick Saban made his first public comments about the NCAA's proposed defensive substitution rule, which Saban supports because, he says, it would help increase player safety.

2014 NFL Draft: Winners, losers, surprises in combine vertical jump -
The expression "leap up draft boards" is nowhere more appropriate than when measuring the vertical jump at the annual Scouting Combine. Who stood out in 2014? The answers may surprise you.

Peshek: Sack Study 1.0 - Out Of The Box -
Outside of quarterbacks, pass rushers provide the largest wealth of data in regards to play metrics. Given the importance of pass rushers it’s a real boon that we’re able to extrapolate so much from on the field play. In this piece I’ve analyzed every sack and broken down into its component parts to see how and why it came about. This can gives us a feeling for each pass rushers’ strengths and potential weaknesses.

2014 NFL Draft: eDraft's Official Post-Combine Outside Linebacker Rankings
The eDraft Top-100 prospects list is out and with our composite rankings, we now bring you positional rankings. Each position group is ranked in exact order with our Top-100, from the top player all the way to the bottom. Here we will provide a short breakdown of each player taking a further look at them and expanding on thoughts from the rankings.

Kasey Kahne still rubbing it in to Kyle Busch, brings Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to PIR | MotorSportsTalk
Even though he won Saturday’s Nationwide Series race for the third straight time, Kyle Busch still had to be feeling a little bit down.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Seahawks draft big target for Russell Wilson
With the possibility of tight end Zach Miller being released, some experts have said that the Seahawks need to draft another tight end to take his place.

Brandon Coleman met with Patriots, Packers, Seahawks | National Football Post
"I think I did pretty good, I left it all out there," Coleman said. "I just wanted them to get to know who I am as a person and as a player on tape."

Two-sport star Mitchell admires Seahawks QB Wilson | News
Jared Mitchell, a baseball and football standout at LSU, likes the fact that Russell Wilson will be joining Rangers Spring Training for one day on Monday. The talented quarterback who guided the Seahawks to an easy Super Bowl victory over the Broncos played 93 games as part of the Rockies system before being selected by the Rangers in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft this past December.