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Weekend! Free agency rumors ho!

Mapping where all the free agent quarterbacks will end up -
Never discount the importance of a quality backup quarterback. He can save a season.

2014 NFL Draft: Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook
Welcome to the silly season. The time between the NFL Scouting Combine and the actual NFL draft is crazy. For everyone involved. Players are shuttled around the country on formal interviews and medical checks...

49ers could make a run at Michael Bennett | ProFootballTalk
The negotiations already are occurring, discreetly and hypothetically. Some believe that the 49ers will make a run at Bennett, which would in one fell swoop help the Niners and hurt their chief rivals for supremacy in the division, the conference, and the league. It’s entirely possible that the 49ers are feigning interest in order to force the Seahawks to pay Bennett more than the Seahawks want to pay him. Ultimately, every extra dollar paid to Bennett is one less dollar that would be available for someone else.

Breaking down Jim Harbaugh-49ers saga - San Francisco 49ers Blog - ESPN
Coach Jim Harbaugh's situation in San Francisco has been one of the most talked-about stories in the league in recent weeks.

Ten best free-agent bargains -
With free agency set to kick off March 11, there is plenty of talent flying under the radar. Golden Tate tops Around The League's list of 10 players who might outperform their market value.

Free agent Sidney Rice expected to be cleared in April
SHARE CONNECT 10 TWEET COMMENT EMAIL MORE Sidney Rice always has possessed the talent to be a star – he just has struggled to stay healthy. Now a free agent again as he comes off knee reconstruction surgery, Rice should be back on the field sooner than later.

The three-day window opens Saturday | National Football Post
Front offices and agents of soon-to-be free agents can begin discussions this weekend.

Darnell Dockett does some Twitter tampering with Branden Albert | ProFootballTalk
Of course, Dockett also uses Twitter to invite women to eat chicken wings at strip clubs and post pictures of alligators, so it’s probably not the kind of thing to warrant a league investigation.

49ers should wait to pay Kaepernick, for several reasons | ProFootballTalk
Over the weekend, a report emerged that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wants $18 million per year. Some have thereafter suggested that he wants $20 million per year.

One-year contracts actually can benefit veterans
For all the complaints about veterans being forced to take one-year deals in the NFL's current economic climate, going back to the bargaining table so soon can pay off — if you play well.

The 100% real and final guide to NFL Free Agency -
Educate yourself, stupid.

Seahawks' free agent outlook: Keeping band together will be tough
USA TODAY Sports will provide a snapshot of each team's roster and considerations heading into free agency, which officially begins March 11 at 4 p.m. ET:

Report: 49ers target Seahawks’ Michael Bennett - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seattle Seahawks fans are sure to be nervous in the coming days as they wait for free agent defensive end Michael Bennett to decide where he’ll play in 2014 and beyond, but a new development may add a sense of panic to the proceedings.

Martellus Bennett gives Bears an ‘in’ with free-agent brother Michael - Chicago Sun-Times
Martellus Bennett turns 27 on Monday, but the tight end probably wouldn’t mind his birthday gift coming a day late, when his brother, the Seattle Seahawks’ star defensive lineman, officially becomes a free agent.

For Seahawks, free agency is about keeping team together | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Rather than make a big splash in free agency, Seahawks will focus on signing as many of their own players as they can and keeping the core of the team together.

Jermichael Finley hopes for final medical clearance -
Longtime Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley could attract plenty of attention on the open market -- he just needs to get cleared first. That could happen in the coming days with the free agent's next medical scan on deck.

John Carlson, Cardinals strike two-year contract -
The Arizona Cardinals signed free-agent tight end John Carlson to a two-year contract to work in the desert. Ian Rapoport reported Friday the deal is worth $4.65 million.

Cheers to Eli being Eli, jeers to curious Kap columns -
In the latest edition of the Around The League End Around, Dan Hanzus recaps a week that brought us Wade's shade, Eli's vox, Browner's escape and some silly thoughts about Colin Kaepernick.

Film study: Anthony Barr, Scott Crichton, Trent Murphy, Kyle Van Noy -
Pat Kirwan takes a closer look at some front-seven prospects in the draft. He finds that Anthony Barr's best fit is as an OLB in a 3-4 defense.

Agent's Take: Examining key issues for Eric Decker's free agency -
Eric Decker is coming off his best season. So how much is he worth? We examine the key considerations for the Broncos wide receiver in free agency.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Rams make bold play for WR/OL combo -
Will Brinson's latest 2014 NFL Mock Draft there are a pair of mock TRADES.

Does Vegas undervalue bad teams and overvalue good teams? —
The prevailing view is that Vegas is an example of an efficient market. If there were obvious trends that oddsmakers ignored, it would be easy for people to make money gambling on football, and we know that’s not the case. But I thought it would be interesting to investigate some claims I’ve heard over the years, so I’m introducing the Efficient Vegas tag to Football Perspective.

2014 NFL Draft: Week One Pro Day Takeaways -
Scouts have spent all year creating player grades. Only in rare occasions do the results of Pro Day workouts actually impact a player's stock. So, we've boiled down this week's five biggest Pro Day story-lines.

2014 Pro Days: Jimmie Ward displays speed before foot surgery -
Safety Jimmy Ward ran a pair of unofficial 4.47-second 40-yard dashes at Northern Illinois' pro day and met with teams for two hours ahead of upcoming surgery to have a screw inserted into his foot.

2014 Pro Days: Ryan Shazier, Carlos Hyde battling hamstring injuries -
Ryan Shazier was not able to run at the 2014 NFL combine, and re-injured his hamstring at Ohio State's pro day, although he was clocked in an unofficial 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Playing time analysis | National Football Post
A round-by-round, position-by-position breakdown.

The three-day window opens Saturday | National Football Post
Front offices and agents of soon-to-be free agents can begin discussions this weekend.

NFL Prospect Focus: Keith McGill and Pierre Desir | National Football Post
Two tall corners in the Seattle mold.

2014 NFL draft prospect Aaron Donald answers your 'Yeah, but' with more production | Audibles -
Two words to sum up the scouting report on 2014 draft prospect Aaron Donald: "Yea, but ..." As in, "Yea, he dominated in college, but is he big enough for the NFL?" Or "Yea, the guy is incredibly athletic for a defensive lineman, but where are we going to play him?" The need for such hesit...

2014 NFL free agent bargains: LaMarr Houston, James Jones among steals | Audibles -
While the big names will rule the day in free agency, don't ignore those underrated players who provide specific attributes at bargain prices. Every successful team will have a few such players, and those players can turn around and cash in big if their impact is felt enough.

Atlanta Falcons can salvage their future during free agency | The MMQB with Peter King
In 2011, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff made the stunning decision to trade five picks in order to draft receiver Julio Jones. For the first two seasons, it looked like the right move.

Ryan Shazier blazes at OSU Pro Day | ProFootballTalk
“I feel like I can gain 10 more pounds if I had to,” Shazier said, via “I feel good right now.”

60 Potential NFL Cap Casualties | The Daily Spot
The third edition of our early offseason cap casualties series contains sixty players being discussed as on the bubble to return to their respective team due to their 2014 cap value.

The Grantland NFL Podcast: Free Agency! «
With the free-agent market about to open, Robert Mays and Bill Barnwell break down each team’s market strategy.

The Rest of the NFL Shopping Season «
I’ve written about what the dream free-agency periods might look like for the 10 teams in the NFL with the most salary-cap space available. Here are the abbreviated looks at the league’s other 22 teams, most of whom (perhaps luckily) don’t have the available space to capitalize on the bounty of free-agent talent available:

The 10 Teams That Should Dominate Free Agency «
A blueprint for everyone from the Raiders to the Broncos

Sammy Watkins, Khalil Mack solidify spots near top of draft -
From top prospects cementing their status near the top of the draft to connecting the dots between NFL teams and players, here are College Football 24/7's top takeaways of the week.

NFL ‘who’s who’ attends Ohio State pro day -
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Greg Robinson best fit for Rams at No. 2 pick, analysts say -
Auburn OL Greg Robinson's run-blocking ability makes him the best fit for the St. Louis Rams out of any offensive tackle in the draft, according to NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock and NFL Films' Greg Cosell.

DraftInsider Podcast for March 6th
DraftInsider podcast with Jon Dove and Tony Pauline for March 6th.