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Carroll Succeeding by Staying Young to Relate to Players
“I always think something good is about to happen,” Carroll said. “It’s a general way of looking at the world. I’ve never looked at games and challenges like it’s going to go bad, it’s not going to work out. I don’t see it that way. I think that’s really helped. I don’t live in the gloom of what might go wrong. I live in the glow of what could happen that’s good. That’s been the guiding principle.”

How the Seahawks helped a budget deal - Video - Fortune
Senator Patty Murray discusses how her negotiations with Paul Ryan on a December budget deal were aided by their mutual love for football.

Small-school NFL draft prospects can dream big - ESPN
If a prospect can play, NFL scouts will find him, even if it's a small-school player such as Lindenwood's Pierre Desir, writes Jeffri Chadiha.

Roster Reset: Seattle Seahawks
The guys discuss the Seattle Seahawks' offseason activity and whether or not they will be able to keep their talented core together for years to come.

Jarvis Landry runs a 4.58 at LSU pro day | Seahawks Draft Blog
Early results from LSU pro-day: Jarvis Landry/WR 4.58s Jeremy Hill/RB 4.52s in first run of forty..Hill ranked as #2 RB on a lot of boards..— Tony Pauline

The Defensive End vs. Quarterback Bust Battle - Part 1 | The Sideline View
I’ve studied the NFL Draft for about two decades now. When I was in college, I took a taxi to downtown Providence’s only sports bar in the early 1990s for Draft Saturday. I ordered nearly everything on the menu so I could sit there for hours without “getting looks” from the wait staff. I loved the draft well before it became the No. 1 off-the-field event in all of sports.

Seahawks preseason schedule announced, features Super Bowl rematch with Denver Broncos
Seahawks preseason features matchups with the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, and Oakland Raiders.

Seahawks' Russell Wilson helps Seattle Mariners open home slate | News
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and coach Pete Carroll were among a contingent from the Super Bowl champions that was honored during pregame ceremonies on Opening Night at Safeco Field. The Mariners hope some of the winning ways rubs off.

Zach Miller on taking pay cut: I wanted to be in Seattle | ProFootballTalk
“Not really,” Miller said. “When it came down to it I wanted to be here and I just wanted to make that happen. Whatever I had to do to be here, that’s what got done.”

Harvin and the Seahawks' kickoff-return options -
John Clayton, Jim Moore and Dave Wyman spent a portion of Tuesday's edition of "Cold Hard Facts" revisiting what has become their great debate – whether Percy Harvin should be the Seahawks' primary kickoff returner.

Does Sidney Rice Have Anything to Offer the Seattle Seahawks? | Bleacher Report
When wide receiver Sidney Rice joined the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, he was hoping to jump-start his career by reuniting with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

Five preseason games to watch -
The NFL unveils its 2014 preseason schedule, and there's a number of intriguing games on tap. Gregg Rosenthal offers his top five, which includes a Peyton Manning-Russell Wilson rematch.

2015 Pro Bowl to be played in Arizona -
The Pro Bowl is taking a one-year hiatus from the state of Hawaii. The NFL announced Wednesday that its annual all-star game will be played in Arizona in 2015.

Which first-round picks have most staying power? -
Charles Rogers and Mike Williams both were first-round draft picks. Neither wide receiver spent much time with his original squad. Marc Sessler takes a look at the staying power of past top picks.

New Orleans Saints planning more three-safety looks? -
The New Orleans Saints' defense might be in line for some changes. Jairus Byrd, Kenny Vaccaro and Rafael Bush give coordinator Rob Ryan the flexibility to switch things up in The Big Easy.

Santonio Holmes reportedly likely to sign after draft -
One report says Santonio Holmes is waiting until after the 2014 NFL Draft to choose a new team. But is it by choice or a reaction to the quiet market for the wide receiver's services?

Draft top 5: Tight End | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel reviews the best of this year's crop.

Voluntary, except... | National Football Post
DeSean Jackson is under fire once again, this time for failing to attend something that isn’t required.

Top NFL free agents left? Here are eight you should know -
Free agency is starting to wind down, but value remains on the market. Here are eight free agents we can expect to see moving in the coming weeks.

2014 NFL Football Free Agents - Free Agent Tracker
2014 NFL free agent signings updated daily this offseason on

After Further Review: Despite issues, Clowney best in draft, hands down -
Jadeveon Clowney took plays off in college. So? The freak pass rusher is easily this draft's top prospect and could be as good -- or better -- than Lawrence Taylor.

2014 NFL draft top prospects: Nos. 44-40: Scott Crichton and more | Audibles -
With the 2014 NFL draft fast approaching, it’s time for all 32 NFL teams to start getting their draft boards in order and ranking players based on their own preferences. At SI, it’s time for us to do that, as well.

DeSean Jackson will transform Washington Redskin's offense | Audibles -
Player evaluation can be a complicated process at times, but there are instances in which you just have to go with your gut. With the draft just a month away, most football fans are thinking about how their favorite teams are going to take the best possible college players and work them into the...

A.J. Hawk presides over Green Bay Packers athletic trainer's wedding | The MMQB with Peter King
They were gathered here today, one Saturday in March, in a charming courtyard outside a vintage warehouse. One hundred eighty guests is a mere fraction of a Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field, though the officiant of this wedding ceremony was more nervous than he’d ever been for...

DeSean Jackson, Chris Johnson show reality of doing business in NFL | The MMQB with Peter King
The Eagles’ releasing of DeSean Jackson on March 28 and the Titans’ cutting ties with Chris Johnson on April 4 are stark illustrations of the inevitable leverage shift from player to club in the cold and calculated business of professional football.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2008 NFL Draft: Six Years Later
As we do every year around this time at Football Outsiders, it is time to step into the time machine and go back to the April of six years ago. 2008 may not seem like that long ago, but looking at the draft those six years seem even longer. Five running backs that year went in the first 24 picks. In the five drafts combined since then, there have been just four running backs chosen in the first 24 picks of the draft. Beyond the backs, there was a quarterback prospect you could love if you could overlook a 59 percent completion percentage as a senior. If that worried you, there was a rock-solid left tackle. If you wanted pass rushers, you could draft the guy who beat the rock-solid left tackle for a couple sacks in their final regular-season collegiate game, or the interior rusher everybody loved.

For Jets, “organizational decision” coming at quarterback | ProFootballTalk
For most teams, the coach decides who'll play. With the Jets, it's broader than that. Coach Rex Ryan, who sat for an interview during last month's league meetings, talked about the team's process for choosing between quarterback Geno Smith and Mike Vick as the starter.

Brandon Thomas injury could make agents think twice about pre-draft private workouts | ProFootballTalk
The news that Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas tore an ACL while working out for the Saints could have a very real consequence on the future of such workouts. Specifically, more and more players may choose, at the behest of their agents, to no longer engage in private workouts.

Why Brandin Cooks Is the NFL's Next Impact Slot Receiver | Bleacher Report
Former Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks has the speed, acceleration and lateral quickness offensive play-callers want inside of the numbers at the wide receiver position.

49ers’ new stadium opens with Broncos’ preseason visit | ProFootballTalk
The Field of Jeans will open in Week Two of the preseason. Levi's Stadium, the new home field of the 49ers, will see its first game when the Broncos come to town. That became official when the preseason schedule was released today.

Meet the Most Physically Gifted Prospects of the 2014 Draft | Bleacher Report
In order to make it this far, NFL draft prospects have to be among an elite crop of athletes. But when it comes to physical tools, not all NFL hopefuls are built equal.

Kenny Stills, Dee Milliner among players set for second-year step -
Convinced Dee Milliner is a bust? Don't be so sure. Gil Brandt says the New York Jets cornerback is one of 10 second-year pros primed to make a major leap forward in the upcoming NFL season.

Updated mock draft: 9th April | Seahawks Draft Blog
It’s taken until the second week in April, but finally Joel Bitonio is getting the attention he deserves.

Even in Seahawks secondary there are primary concerns
Even with all the good things it accomplished during the 2013 season, the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom secondary has room for improvement as position coach Kris Richard discovered during his self-scouting session.