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Roster Reset: NFC West -
The Cardinals made strides in free agency, but will the moves affect the NFC West standings? Around The League ranked the teams in the division based on their margin of offseason improvement.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Single high? New CB Cook suggests changes in store for 49ers defense
"They want me to be the press guy," the 6-2, 212-pound Cook said last month of the 49ers' plans for him. "And that's what I like to do. I feel like I'll fit in well with the one-high (safety) scheme that they like to run. I came from a two-high scheme. And I feel like a one-high scheme and a man-to-man scheme fits me well."

‘14 Draft: News/Notes/Visits & Workouts
The latest rumors and insider notes as well as updates on visits and workouts. Update: April 7th- Eagles going receiver heavy.

NFL-NFLPA meetings to include discussion of expanded playoffs | ProFootballTalk
With the NFL and the NFL Players Association spending the next two days in meetings, the topics will indeed extend beyond a discussion of player behavior. Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the talks will include a discussion of expanded playoffs.

Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith has had a whirlwind offseason | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Malcolm Smith’s victory lap as the reigning Super Bowl MVP will eventually stretch from Florida to Alaska, with lots of fun and little stops in between.

NFL Free Agent Spending Breakdowns
We're now a month away from the 2014 NFL Draft and while plenty of talented free agents still remain available, the onslaught of signings and releases has slowed to an infrequent pace at this point. We'll take a look at how teams have spent their money in terms of free agency over the past month. We'll also assess the spending from a positional standpoint, looking at which positions are garnering the biggest contracts and guaranteed dollars on the 2014 market.

NFL, NFLPA meeting to discuss workplace conduct -
Members of leadership from the NFL and NFL Players Association are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss workplace conduct, Ian Rapoport reports. Expanded playoffs could also be a topic of discussion.

Monday Morning MD | National Football Post
NCAA President Mark Emmert blames the NFL and NBA.

Seahawks' Schneider, Carroll have a true partnership -
The press conference was more like a very public hug.

Troll on: Richard Sherman signing autographs with message for Michael Crabtree | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Someone else might not want to poke the bear and remind the 49ers and Michael Crabtree of the NFC championship loss and his riled-up comments afterward, but Richard Sherman went ahead and did it. Sherman is signing autographs of his NFC-clinching tipped pass, intended for Crabtree in the end zone, with the additional message: "Sorry Crabtree."

Was Richard Sherman’s ‘Immaculate Deflection’ most significant Seahawks’ play ever?
In the 38-season history of the Seahawks, the pass Richard Sherman deflected in the end zone to ice the NFC Championship ranks as one of the team’s most significant plays. But was it the most significant?

Best player No. 8 for the Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
In the continuing countdown of the top 12 players for the Seahawks entering the 2014 season, this is the glue that holds it all together on the Seattle defense. He’s the mild-mannered man in the middle, the stalwart who makes the players around him better.

Seven prospects: four overrated, three underrated | Seahawks Draft Blog
A quick disclaimer for this piece. If I say a player is overrated, it just means I think they get too much attention either in the media or amongst fans. It’s the opposite for the underrated group.

RBs aren't invaluable so much as less valuable -
Chris Johnson was the benchmark just two years ago during Marshawn Lynch's negotiations with the Seahawks.

Post-free agency mock draft | ProFootballTalk
Before free agency, we posted a mock draft. Because when in Rome. Now that free agency is nearly four weeks old, which has resulted in needs being filled and new needs being created, we've put together a new mock draft. Because when in Rome.

Titans waive Adewale Ojomo after solicitation arrest | ProFootballTalk
Defensive end Adewale Ojomo's tenure with the Titans started when he was signed to a reserve/future contract in December, which means he's never played any games for the team. He won't be changing that in 2014.

Mike Mayock on PGS
Mike joined Lance and John Harris this morning to break down the draft. Listen below:

Pete Carroll’s new deal with Seahawks means he’ll keep preaching his joyful vision | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
Pete Carroll’s three-year contract keeps him in perfect lockstep with GM John Schneider through 2016. Seahawks are "right in the middle of something special here," Carroll says.

Monday links: Some teams beginning workouts, but Seahawks can't yet | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
— It’s no secret the Seahawks are hoping for a lot more this season from Christine Michael, their first pick in the 2013 draft (in the second round, after the first round pick went to Minnesota for Percy Harvin). And this story, which details the decline of running backs after the age of 27, is one reason why. Marshawn Lynch turns 28 on April 22, and while no one is predicting his imminent demise, the history of NFL RBs is what it is. And that means the Seahawks will need to find out this season just what they have in Michael, if not so much for the 2014 season but for the seasons beyond.

Dave Boling: Extension shows Seahawks believe in Carroll-Schneider ‘lovefest’ | Dave Boling | The News Tribune
Friday’s gathering at Seahawks headquarters wasn’t as much about a new contract as it was a renewal of vows.

Markus Wheaton in line for increased role with Steelers -
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a vacancy at No. 2 receiver following the losses of Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. Could second-year wideout Markus Wheaton fill that void?

Josh Freeman works out for Chicago Bears -
Josh Freeman worked out for the Chicago Bears on Monday. It's believed to be the first free-agent visit for the QB, who split last season between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings.

Raiders' DL most improved position group in AFC West -
Around The League's Roster Reset series examines the AFC West's most improved position group. Can Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley turn around the Oakland Raiders' defensive line?

Tennessee Titans' Jake Locker ahead of rehab schedule -
Jake Locker said his rehab from Lisfranc surgery is ahead of schedule. The Tennessee Titans quarterback knows he is entering a make-or-break season under new coach Ken Whisenhunt.

The Secrets In St. Louis | The MMQB with Peter King
Peter King is tending to personal matters after the death of his older brother Kenny in England. Peter and his family greatly appreciate the outpouring of support they have received. Greg Bedard is pinch-hitting for Peter on Monday Morning Quarterback duties this week.

2014 NFL Draft: Clemson OL Brandon Thomas tears ACL -
The three-year starter and Senior Bowl standout earned a second round grade from prior to the injury. His recovery from corrective surgery, however, could push Thomas deep into day three or perhaps completely out of the draft.

Les Snead: Talks on Rams trading pick are 'flirtatious' -
The St. Louis Rams could be in a position to trade out of the No. 2 pick, but GM Les Snead said talks have been "flirtatious" at this point. The remaining question is what team would be willing to trade up?

Steelers not going old school with Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount -
Despite the presence of two bruising running backs, the Steelers aren't morphing into a run-first team. What is the Fantasy fallout for Le'Veon Bell?

NFL Prospect Focus: Donte Moncrief and Cody Latimer | National Football Post
Two junior wide receivers with intriguing potential.

SI 64: Tre Mason, Carlos Hyde, Kyle Fuller headline Nos. 54-50 on our NFL draft Big Board | Audibles -
With the draft just about a month away, it’s time for all 32 NFL teams to start getting their draft boards in order and ranking players in order based on their own preferences. At SI, it’s time for us to do that, as well.

Head Coach Retention Rates —
In the footnotes (always read the footnotes!) to one of Neil’s posts at 538, he included a fun chart displaying the likelihood that a baseball manager would be retained by his team X seasons from now. That made me wonder: what is the NFL head coach retention rate? And, as is often assumed by the football commentariat, are coaching seats hotter than ever in this "win now" era?

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | The Month In Quotes: March 2014
BOY, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY "I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang. I am not a gang member and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible. I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values." --New Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson, in part of a statement, denying reports that he is a member of a gang (Eye on Football)