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Seahawks on free agency and losing players | Seattle
The Seahawks have already cut receiver Sidney Rice, defensive lineman Red Bryant, and more could be coming. Coach Pete Carroll, receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, and safety Kam Chancellor talk about the losses and playing as a team.

2014 NFL Draft: Winners, losers, surprises in combine 3-cone -
Some scouts believe that the change-of-direction skills measured in the 3-cone make it the Combine's most important athletic test. A couple of small-schoolers "starred" while two of the most well-known pass rushers in the draft struggled in this event.

Best free agent fits -
The Around the League crew came together to project where some of the biggest free-agent names, like Jairus Byrd, Ben Tate, Michael Vick, Hakeem Nicks and Eric Decker, will land this offseason.

Reports: Ex-SeahawkTatupu working out for Broncos -
Lofa Tatupu is attempting another comeback.

Bucky Brooks mock 3.0: Blake Bortles plummets to No. 20 -
In his latest mock draft, NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks forecasts a lot green-room thinking time for UCF QB Blake Bortles.

Brandon Browner of Seattle Seahawks says he's been reinstated by NFL - ESPN
Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner tweeted Tuesday night that he has been reinstated by the NFL after serving over 2½ months of a one-year suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy over marijuana use.

Seahawks’ title season chronicled in new NFL film | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Carroll, a handful of players and a large gathering of fans watched the premiere of the Seahawks’ season highlights Monday at the Cinerama Theater downtown.

Offseason Blueprint: Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
In four short years, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider reached the mountaintop of the NFL by winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson impresses Rangers in spring training and off the field | Texas Ran...
The Super Bowl champion participates in fielding drills and delivers the lineup card after speaking at Texas’ organizational dinner on Sunday.

Seahawks remain a family, even when players leave
Players and coaches attended the premiere of the Seahawks’ highlight film Monday night, but they also took a moment to reflect on the recent releases of Red Bryant and Sidney Rice.

Baldwin strongly against NFL’s consideration to penalize for use of N-word on field | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
"I think it’s absurd," Baldwin said. "I understand Roger Goodell and his safety council, or whoever they are, they’re trying to do this with good intentions. … Maybe. But, if you look at it, the only people who say the N-word on the football field are African-Americans. Whether whoever wants to agree with it or not, we have turned it kind of into a term of endearment.

Pete Carroll to Michael Robinson: 'Get your ass up here' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Note: I told this story in a series of tweets but thought I’d put it together here as well.

Hawk Talk highlights: Zach Miller's uncertain future -
After the Seahawks cleared nearly $13 million in salary-cap space last week by releasing defensive end Red Bryant and wide receiver Sidney Rice, the attention has turned to another high-cost player who could be on the chopping block.

Golden Tate on SiriusXM NFL Radio: 'It's going to work out the way it should' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Asked if there had been talks yet with the Seahawks, Tate said things have been "pretty chill" and that he hasn’t "heard too much" mostly relying on his agent (Todd France) to handle negotiations.

Morning Links: David Shaw on Doug Baldwin: ‘This kid’s got it from the inside’ | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
After the Super Bowl, Baldwin and Shaw had another conversation. "You never let accomplishment extinguish your fire," Shaw said. "He agreed. Great, they won a Super Bowl. He’s going to come back and push himself even harder this offseason and become a better player. Every time he meets a challenge, he’s going to prevail.

Source: Vikings will cut tight end Carlson | - Sports
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings will release veteran tight end John Carlson after two injury-marred seasons.A person with knowledge of the...

DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys headed for a split? -
The Dallas Cowboys told DeMarcus Ware on Tuesday that they want to keep him, but not at the $13 million he's set to make in 2014. If Ware hits the open market, would he be the best free agent available?

Keeping DeMarcus Ware Would Be Insane - Over the Cap
Sean Lee, Orlando Scandrick and Tony Romo all reportedly converted their 2014 base salaries into prorated bonuses. These moves clear up cap space in the present but increase the cap number of each player for the future. Yet with the start of the 2014 league year just one week away (at which time all teams must be under the salary cap), Dallas wasn’t left with much of a choice.

Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings preparing to part ways? -
Jared Allen is determined to test the open market following his six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Don't be surprised if the pass rusher signs with a Super Bowl contender.

Washington Redskins cut Adam Carriker, Sav Rocca -
The 13th overall pick of the St. Louis Rams in the 2007 draft, Carriker hasn't played since Week 2 of the 2012 season because of a recurring quad issue that has required three different surgeries. Though it's possible Carriker could get healthy and return to Washington at a lesser price, a team source told's John Keim the Redskins don't plan on bringing Carriker back. The defensive end was released with a failed physical designation, per the league's transaction wire.

Players to target: Players each team should chase in free agency -
Silly season could bring open checkbooks in free agency. Here are players who should be pursued as free agency opens, team by team.

2014 NFL Draft: Texans, 49ers work out Garoppolo -
Quarterback-minded head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans was in Evanston on Tuesday to work out Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo,'s fifth-ranked passer.

Auburn Pro Day: Lighter Dee Ford shows off speed, power -
Dee Ford was regarded as one of the top players at the Senior Bowl after his performance as a defensive end. He dropped 10 pounds for his Auburn Pro Day and at 6-3, 244, can be considered a candidate to be a 3-4 OLB.

Why GM-head coach relationships fail | National Football Post
At some point, even the best partnerships in the NFL will begin to dissolve.

NFL prospect focus: Lamarcus Joyner | National Football Post
Just how high will the Florida State defensive back be drafted?

NFL franchise tag kills the notion of a true open market | The MMQB with Peter King
Monday marked the final day of the NFL’s annual game of tag, a two-week ritual when teams have the ability to remove their top free agent from the marketplace.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Run Stop Rates 2013
It's time to start the usual offseason series presenting various 2013 stats from the multitude of Football Outsiders spreadsheets. Today, let's look at Stop Rate for running plays.

2014 NFL Free Agency Primer: Eric Decker, Jermichael Finley among WRs, TEs | Audibles -
If the NFL is a passing league more than ever these days (and it is), it would stand to reason that a quarterback’s targets might be overvalued in free agency. The problem for the eligible receivers and tight ends in 2014 is that the draft class is quite stacked at both base positions — and at their sub-positions (slot receiver, flex tight end). That leaves less for the guys who have already proven it in the NFL, but there are a few standouts who should command close to top dollar when free agency opens Mar. 11.

2014 NFL Free Agency Primer: O-line headlines by Eugene Monroe, Alex Mack | Audibles -
Offensive tackles stormed the top of the 2013 NFL draft, claiming picks Nos. 1, 2 and 4 overall. Quarterbacks may have reclaimed the spotlight this year, even though three more tackles (Taylor Lewan, Jake Matthews and Greg Robinson) all could land in the top 10.

Recapping Tuesdays NFL Roster Moves - Over the Cap
Tuesday was yet another busy day around the NFL with teams making moves to bring their rosters into a more manageable state for 2014 with free agency just one week away. So lets jump in and recap everything that happened today.

Cardinals negotiating with Matt Shaughnessy | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals had a strong defense last season and they've made no bones about their desire to bring linebacker Karlos Dansby back to be part of next year's unit as well. Dansby isn't the only linebacker they'd like to see remain in town.