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Head coach Pete Carroll excited for the Seattle Seahawks' next chapter - NFL Videos
Head coach Pete Carroll joins "NFL Total Access" to discuss his contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks and reveals why he has such high hopes for the franchise heading into 2014.

Brandin Cooks getting continued interest from New York Jets -
The draft stock of Brandin Cooks continues to rise, and the Oregon State wide receiver has visits scheduled with the New York Jets and three other NFL teams.

Pete Carroll: "There is a lot more to be done"
After signing a new three-year contract with the Seahawks on Friday, head coach Pete Carroll's message carried a familiar overtone - a focus on "What's Next?"

Thiel: Nothing like how Seahawks run their show | Sportspress Northwest
In pro sports, the relationship between coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider is a rare and wonderful thing. Only one guy, ex-CEO Tod Leiweke, saw it coming.

Report: Chris Johnson likely to pick team next week -
Chris Johnson might not be a free agent for long after he was released by the Tennessee Titans on Friday. A report indicates the veteran running back will pick his next team by the middle of next week.

LeSean McCoy: Eagles cut DeSean Jackson 'for a reason' -
LeSean McCoy was as surprised as anyone when the Philadelphia Eagles cut ties with DeSean Jackson. Still, the star running back trusts that the team has a plan to replace the wideout.

Champ Bailey: Saints very close to Super Bowl title -
Champ Bailey believes he's joined a team in the New Orleans Saints that's close to a Super Bowl championship. Is this the team that finally gets the future Hall of Fame cornerback a Super Bowl ring?

DeSean Jackson: 'I try to do things the right way' -
DeSean Jackson rebuffed a report claiming he was a malcontent with the Eagles. "I'm not perfect," the new Redskins receiver said Friday. "No one is. But ... I'm going to learn how to do it the right way."

Report: Titans ask Kamerion Wimbley to take pay cut -
Chris Johnson isn't the only Tennessee Titans veteran in danger of being released. Will pass rusher Kamerion Wimbley accept the pay cut he's been asked to accept?

Offseason intrigue: Questions for each team before NFL Draft -
Will DeSean prove Chip wrong? How long before the Jets start Vick? Do the Texans take Clowney? Is this Peyton's last run? We ask pre-draft questions for all 32 teams.

Elway on Fox contract extension: 'There is still work to be done' -
The Broncos are happy with coach John Fox (obviously), but they're not 100 percent satisfied.

Report: Rams won't be interested in acquiring RB Chris Johnson -
Running back Chris Johnson, who was released by Tennessee on Friday, probably won't have a reunion with Jeff Fisher.

PHOTO: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson hanging with Michael Jordan -
It's been a busy offseason for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. When he's not filming movie cameos, he's hanging out with Michael Jordan -- and Ken Griffey Jr.

Pro days notebook | National Football Post
Whose stock is on the rise this week?

Zane Beadles admits Jaguars caught his eye early last season in Denver | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
The Jacksonville Jaguars are headlong into their quest for respectability, and it has included a fairly deep foray into free agency this offseason to improve the talent, leadership and toughness in all three phases of the roster.

John Fox: All the eggs are in the basket to win a Super Bowl now | ProFootballTalk
“I’m proud of what our teams have accomplished, but our expectations are much greater as we pursue the Super Bowl championship that our fans deserve,” Fox said. “We got closer this past year, but we came up short. So right now all the eggs are in the basket for ’14 and doing everything we can to bring that championship back here to Denver.”

Coach Pranks Football Players With Hideous New Uniforms
At a morning meeting with the University of Washington football team Tuesday, head coach Chris Petersen had a big trick up his sleeve.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Updated 7-Round Predictions | Bleacher Report
The 2014 NFL draft is just under five weeks away, and more so than any previous year, the top of the draft remains a mystery.

A Close Look at the Notre Dame Defensive Line Duo of Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt | Bleacher Report
I have always called the first two rounds of the NFL draft the "premium rounds." In most cases, the players a club selects in these two rounds have to come in and contribute as rookies.

Eckel: Three personnel men try to answer if there are any franchise QBs in NFL Draft |
“Look it up, just look it up,” the NFC director said his voice becoming incredulous. “How many franchise quarterbacks are there? You have a handful in the league right now, and they expect 4 of 5 to come out of the draft. It’s not going to happen; it never does.”

Eckel: Good running backs available, but teams can wait before drafting them |
For the second straight NFL Draft, it is very likely that a running back will not be selected in the first round.

Eckel: Three men love NFL draft for wide receivers, so-so for tight ends |
Mark Eckel's weekly Sunday NFL column.

Character Check: Running Back Isaiah Crowell | Optimum Scouting
There has been story after story on his growing maturity as a result of his abrupt career shift, but he hasn’t taken advantage of what some may consider to be a clean slate. His willingness to be a “good teammate” and reliable player for Alabama State has been under question, even by his own head coach.

‘14 Draft: News/Notes/Visits & Workouts
The latest rumors and insider notes as well as updates on visits and workouts.

Broncos sign Head Coach John Fox to a three-year deal - Mile High Report
Fox Sports Jay Glazer has tweeted out tonight that Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox has agreed to a three-year extension on his contract. This extension will keep Fox under contract through the 2017 season.

Signing Kenny Britt was the right move - Turf Show Times
Low risk high reward moves should always be applauded.

2014 NFL mock draft: Why I picked Johnny Manziel - Turf Show Times
SB Nation is in the midst of its annual NFL blogger mock draft. Yours truly took the Rams in a surprising direction. It's worth an explanation.

Bobby Massie, Bradley Sowell to battle for starting right tackle job - Revenge of the Birds
It was expected, but the team won't necessarily stand pat

Arizona Cardinals release LaRon Byrd, Dan Giordano - Revenge of the Birds
The pair of young players didn't see playing time in 2013.

Trade Up or Trade Down - Niners Nation
This is a follow up to a "Draft 101" post I did awhile back. For the sake of brevity, I am going to assume you read the first post. If not, here is a link: Draft 101 First, thanks everyone for...

Breaking down the NFL collective bargaining agreements: Definitions - Niners Nation
It's time to educate ourselves! We're going to start breaking down the NFL CBA article by article. We won't hit every single article, but we'll hit the notable ones. We're starting with a breakdown of important definitions.

49ers salary cap and the Minimum Team Cash Spending requirement under the CBA - Niners Nation
The NFL and NFLPA agreed to a minimum cash spending requirement as part of the new collective bargaining agreement back in 2011. We break down what this means for the 49ers from a cap and spending perspective.

NFL draft diary: Kony Ealy is his toughest critic
I was a little bit under the weather at my pro day. I had a bad bug – like a 48-hour bug. I lost a little bit of weight. More so, I was just not full strength and I was running a fever. My fever – oh my, it was a hundred and something. But God works in mysterious ways. I ran a 4.57 in my 40, which I did in a 4.9 at the combine. Broad jump I did a 10-1 and at the combine I did a 9-6.