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Christian Petersen

Thank goodness it's TGIF.

Hus signs three-year deal with Seahawks
To say Jorgen Hus's latest NFL contract came together quickly is a heck of an understatement.

How do young linebackers fit in Seahawks’ plans? | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
One of the notable moments of last season was when San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman was hurt during the NFC title game.

Packers prefer compensatory picks over unrestricted free agents | ProFootballTalk
Thompson believes in building through the draft, not free agency, and that includes acquiring more draft picks by declining to sign unrestricted free agents. In the NFL, teams that lose more in free agency than they acquire get compensatory picks, and the Packers’ moves in free agency this year indicate that they’re already thinking about acquiring compensatory picks for next year. The NFL doesn’t public the precise formula used to determine compensatory picks, but the simple version is that if the unrestricted free agents you lose are better, higher-paid players than the unrestricted free agents you sign, then the NFL will compensate you the following year with compensatory picks.

NFL Draft: Wide Receivers, Cornerbacks, and Defensive Tackles Have Been Least Likely to Remain with Drafting Team | The Big Lead
In one month, you will hear plenty of talk about teams getting that next franchise player. In truth, it is more likely than not that a first round draft pick won’t be part of that team’s future, if we took a time machine forward six years. This doesn’t mean that they will necessarily be busts (though that may certainly be the case), in addition to those out of the league because they could not cut it, plenty of others move on in free agency or trades because the team decided to address other positions.

Seahawks' Smith hopes to earn starting job in 2014 -
"That's the way we do things," Smith told 710 ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz" on Wednesday. "I'm looking forward to the competition and the opportunity to be able to start. Just trying to pave the way a little bit. The Super Bowl was fun and hopefully I showed a little something, and just trying to build on it."

NFL draft: Q&A with Nevada OL Joel Bitonio | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Nevada's Joel Bitonio says he carries his fallen father's strength with him on the field, which is one reason why he's considered a top prospect for the 2014 NFL draft. Bitonio took some time recently to talk to Shutdown Corner about a number of topics.

Agent: Miami's Henderson felt dehydrated, cut workout short -
Seantrel Henderson's pro-day workout ended before it was supposed to, as the Miami offensive tackle had to cut the workout short.

Seahawks sign long snapper Jorgen Hus | ProFootballTalk
Havard Rugland, the Norwegian kicker known as Kickalicious, was able to get NFL teams interested in him thanks to a YouTube video of trick shots. Long snapper Jorgen Hus is following in those footsteps with a video showing off his snapping acumen garnering views online.

Report: Veteran receiver Nate Burleson scheduled to visit with Cleveland Browns |
The Browns might not be finished reshaping their receiving corps in free agency.

Russell Wilson of Seattle Seahawks wants to be best QB in NFL history - ESPN Dallas
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's celebrity has taken off since winning the Super Bowl. But he's clearly not satisfied with claiming one title so early in his NFL career.

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman defends DeSean Jackson, criticizes Philadelphia Eagles - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman stuck up for a childhood friend while critiquing the way NFL teams and media judge players from urban backgrounds in his latest piece for

DeSean Jackson’s contract at Washington has $16M guaranteed | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
DeSean Jackson closed the deal with the Washington Redskins, signing a $24 million, three-year contract that includes $16 million guaranteed.

Tom Cable works out Antonio Richardson & Ja’Wuan James | Seahawks Draft Blog
It’s not uncommon to see Seattle coaches attending a pro-day.

A look at the Rams' 12 picks in NFL draft - NFC West Blog - ESPN
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Whether it's general manager Les Snead or coach Jeff Fisher, the St. Louis Rams have consistently made it clear this offseason how

Thursday links: Kiper takes a look at who the Seahawks might pick | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
For the Seahawks, he sees things this way:

Notes from UW Pro Day | - Seattle Sidelines
The University of Washington held its annual Pro Day for NFL hopefuls, and unlike some years in the school’s recent history, there were some legitimate draft hopefuls showing off their talents.

Poor Fit Makes LaMichael James Expendable for 49ers | Bleacher Report
After two underwhelming seasons in the Bay Area, running back LaMichael James may have played his last down as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

Colt McCoy signs contract with Washington Redskins -
After backing up Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco, Colt McCoy is headed to the Washington Redskins to add depth under center behind Robert Griffin III. What does this mean for quarterback Kirk Cousins?

Bears' Jared Allen expects to be booed by Vikings fans -
Jared Allen had six great seasons with the Vikings. But now that he dons a rival’s uniform, Allen’s not too optimistic on how he’ll be received when he visits Minnesota with the Chicago Bears.

Agent's Take: Examining how the Raiders have spent their offseason -
Reggie McKenzie had a huge mess to clear out when he arrived in Oakland. Now that the salary cap purge is complete, will he be given enough time to rebuild sensibly or be forced to go after quick fixes?

University of Miami OT Seantrel Henderson unable to finish pro day -
Already considered a late-round pick, University of Miami OT Seantrel Henderson didn't help himself Thursday.

Brandin Cooks on DeSean Jackson: ' I can do it like him and do it better' -
Oregon State wideout Brandin Cooks says he can do whatever DeSean Jackson did and he can 'do it better.' Bold words.

2014 Pro Days: QB Keith Price is right at Washington workout -
Representatives from approximately two-thirds of the NFL visited Seattle Wednesday despite the Huskies' top two prospects largely sitting out the Pro Day. Star running back Bishop Sankey provided some early fireworks but the big show was put on by quarterback Keith Price and receiver Keith Smith.

NFL prospect focus: Phillip Gaines & Walt Aikens | National Football Post
Two intriguing cornerback prospects who are climbing some boards.

Heading south? | National Football Post
A look at five solid teams from last season that could be headed for a regression in 2014.

2014 NFL draft position rankings: Jake Matthews, Greg Robinson among tackles | Audibles -
There were five offensive tackles taken in Round 1 last year, matching defensive end for the most picks from any single position group on the draft's opening day.

2014 NFL draft position rankings: Xavier Su’a-Filo best among guards | Audibles -
When Steve Hutchinson defected from Seattle to Minnesota and signed a $49 million "poison pill" contract in March 2006, it was a sure indication that the guard position had gained importance and traction in the NFL.

Washington Redskins racist? Native American views on NFL team name | The MMQB with Peter King
With special reporting by Emily Kaplan SAN CARLOS, Ariz. — The dusty roads behind the San Carlos Apache tribal headquarters lead to a place where the debate surrounding the NFL team in the nation's capital does not feel 2,000 miles away. This reservation, a 1.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Factors: Kendall Wright
Among receivers with 140 or more targets last year, only one had a worse DYAR than Kendall Wright: Mike Wallace. But Wallace was weighed down with a 53 percent catch rate, and Wright was at 66 percent. So, what gives with the poor DVOA ranking?

Seven teams open offseason workouts on Monday | ProFootballTalk
Before 2011, all NFL teams would have opened their offseason workout programs by now. This year, no one has. On Monday, seven will. Teams with new coaches can get started on April 7. Accordingly, the Browns, Lions, Texans, Vikings, Buccaneers, Titans, and Redskins will.

Tom Coughlin: Offseason changes are stimulating | ProFootballTalk
"I said all along that the stimulation here, even for our veteran players, for Eli (Manning) to re-focus and to be energized by new, the new learning, the new presentation of material, the different terminology, the things that must be mastered before you even get out of the huddle. I think all of those things are stimulating," Coughlin said in an interview on the team’s website.

Scoring Distribution Since 1940 —
We all know that scoring is on the rise. The 2013 season was the highest scoring season in NFL history, just narrowly edging out the … 1948, 1950, and 2012 seasons. Scoring soared in the aftermath of World War II, but quickly dropped off in the middle of the 1950s. Scoring fell to its nadir in 1977, prompting the 1978 rules changes regarding pass blocking and pass coverage. After another lull in the early nineties, scoring has steadily increased over the last twenty years. Take a look at the average points per game for professional teams (including the AAFC and AFL) since 1940:

Remaining Free Agents: Offense - Over the Cap
I think it’s safe to say we are now out of Phase II and about to enter Phase III or free agency. At this stage most teams are comfortable with their rosters and most names remaining available have some sort of negative attached to them. Signings should slow down considerably as teams are pretty comfortable with their rosters and would like to get a look at players in the early stages of the offseason programs and also see how the draft plays out. Today we’ll look at a few of the names on offense who remain and tomorrow we’ll look at some of the defensive talent available.

An inside look at NFL prospect visits - ESPN Boston
There's been quite the buzz surrounding visits from two of the top three quarterbacks in this year's draft, as Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Louisvil