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Jaguars, Seahawks DT Bryant agree to 4-year deal - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars and free agent defensive tackle Red Bryant have reached agreement on a four-year contract.

Former Seahawks DE Red Bryant signs with Jaguars -
Red Bryant, who was released Feb. 28 by the Seahawks, has agreed to a four-year deal with the Jaguars, who are coached by former Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

2014 free agency is expected to be more active than 2013 | ProFootballTalk
Now that the official tampering period has begun, teams are able to negotiate with agents (sort of). While any offers and agreements are prohibited, teams are permitted to outline terms that potentially would be offered as of Tuesday, when free agency opens.

Report: B.J. Raji “gauging value” on market | ProFootballTalk
After reportedly receiving one- and two-year contract offers from the Packers, you couldn’t blame defensive lineman B.J. Raji if he wanted to check his options elsewhere. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, that’s exactly what Raji is doing.

Would A “Mandatory Go For Two” Rule Lead to More Upsets? —
The NFL’s Competition Committee is currently considering rules changes to eliminate the boredom associated with the extra point. As you can see from the graph above, extra points are practically automatic now, to the tune of a 99.6% conversion rate in 2013. In fact, extra points have been close to automatic for awhile; the success rate was even as high as 96.8% in 1973, the last year the goal posts were still right on the goal line. The conversion rate was depressed for about 15 years before bouncing back to 97% in 1989, and there have been just 18 missed extra points total in the last three years. I don’t disagree that something could be done to improve the quality of the game.

2014 NFL Draft: Best Fits for Each of This Year's Top Receivers
The latest NFL news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

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...

The Various Types of NFL Free Agents - Over the Cap
Since I’ve been getting a number of tweets and emails about free agency I though this would be a good time to do a quick overview of the types of free agents that will be available over the coming months:

Obstinacy and Analytics in the NFL | NFL Philosophy
The NFL is a league of 32 separate entities that are all working towards a common goal (profit) while competing against each other. There is massive conduit that connects all 32 teams that allows staggering amounts of information to flow throughout the league. Ideas and concepts can change hands in the league with very little impedance, especially with how often coaches, scouts, and personnel change teams and take that information with them.

Scout's Take Blog: Draft observations by an ex-NFL player, scout -
NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks will be providing insight on the hot topics and top prospects involved in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Jordan Lynch works out at DB, QB at Northern Illinois pro day -
Former Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch put in some work as a defensive back at his pro day Friday, but said he remains confident he has a future as an NFL quarterback.

2014 NFL Draft: Week 1 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 storylines.

Trading for Graham would cost the Seahawks a fortune -
The Seahawks have been linked to Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, but adding the All-Pro would cost both top draft picks and a hefty salary. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Joel Bitonio could be Logan Mankins | Seahawks Draft Blog
I sat down and watched Joel Bitonio’s tape vs Fresno State today — and once again came away thoroughly impressed. One thought stuck in my head…

Daryn Colledge says goodbye to Arizona Cardinals -
Veteran guard Daryn Colledge tweeted goodbye to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday. Does the team's offensive line overhaul include a plan to sign free agent Branden Albert?

Report: Ryan Mallett drawing Texans' trade interest -
Ryan Mallett reportedly has intrigued Houston enough for the team to think about trading for the New England Patriots QB. Might the Texans draft Jadeveon Clowney and still acquire a young signal-caller?

Jairus Byrd contacted by St. Louis Rams on Saturday -
The St. Louis Rams surprisingly were one of the teams to reach out to Jairus Byrd on Saturday, Ian Rapoport reports. Which other teams have been linked to the Pro Bowl safety?

Arthur Jones to be in 'heavy demand' in FA, per report -
Baltimore Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones will be in demand when free agency gets underway. Will the Tennessee Titans come chasing after the young lineman?

Report: WR Hakeem Nicks would sign a one-year free agent deal -
What's next for Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks? Perhaps a one-year prove-it deal.

2014 NFL Draft: Winners, losers, surprises in combine interviews -
The annual NFL combine might just be the world's glitziest job fair. Which player's stock is going to soar based off interviews? Who left scouts with more questions than answers?

Sam Shields resets the CB market by signing a massive deal to stay in Green Bay | Audibles -
Early Saturday morning, superagent Drew Rosenhaus tweeted: “What a difference a year makes! Free agency will be a lot better this year” — a nod to the chilly receptions players found from thrifty teams last offseason. Proof positive that Rosenhaus may be right about his assessment came just a few hours later when his client, cornerback Sam Shields, inked a four-year, $39 million contract with a $12.5 million signing bonus to stay in Green Bay.

More teams are clamoring for Verner | ProFootballTalk
Soon, it could be easier to list the teams that aren't interested in Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, who previously pegged the Jets, Vikings, and Rams as having interest in the No.

Bears appear to be looking for Bennett family reunion | ProFootballTalk
Bears General Manager Phil Emery wants to win games. But if he can bring families closer together, that might help too. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears are believed to have shown interest in Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett to help bolster their defensive line.

The Under the Radar Wide Receiver Prospect With the Unbelievable Comparables | RotoViz
The odds that Quincy Enunwa has a career that is anywhere close to as good as the careers of his comp group are so slim that you might call them non-existent. But at the same time, it’s impossible to ignore the upside that the Nebraska receiver might have. He weighed in at 225 pounds at the Combine and ran a 4.45 forty. He scored a touchdown per game in his senior season and accounted for 45% of the Nebraska receiving production. When he enters the NFL he’ll be younger than the following players were when they entered the league: Torrey Smith, Alshon Jeffery, Reggie Wayne, Riley Cooper, and Brandon Marshall.

2014 NFL Mock Drafts - Pat Kirwan -
Pat Kirwan's expert NFL mock draft -- provide by and

Five top underrated prospects | National Football Post
Look for these players to go higher than expected on draft weekend.

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.