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Patrick Peterson says Richard Sherman is not a shutdown cornerback - Revenge of the Birds
Strong words from the three-time Pro Bowl.

End of the World As We Know It | The Tailgater
An image depicting openly-gay Rams linebacker Michael Sam, his boyfriend Vito Cammisano, Milwaukee Bucks owner Wesley Edens’ daughter Mallory and Tara, the Hero Cat threatens to cause the downfall of Western Civilization, numerous sources confirmed on Wednesday.

When the NFL added two divisions — and weakened the AFC West | ProFootballTalk
Thirteen years ago Thursday, NFL owners unanimously approved multiple changes to the league's divisional structure, a move made logical with the addition of a 32nd team — the Houston Texans — on tap for 2002.

Dan Pompei's Read Option: Antics Don't Diminish Ndamukong Suh's Value | Bleacher Report
Among the receivers who weighed 180 pounds or less and caught at least 300 career passes were Marvin Harrison, Isaac Bruce, Keenan McCardell, Donald Driver, Terance Mathis, Wayne Chrebet, Tony Martin, Andre Reed, Troy Brown, Shawn Jefferson, Darnay Scott, Peerless Price, Henry Ellard, DeSean Jackson, Webster Slaughter, Ernest Givins, Rocket Ismail and Nate Washington.

Fines for safety rule violations down significantly in 2013 | ProFootballTalk
Whether the game of football is safer is still matter for debate. But it's at least cheaper for teams, in one respect. According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, per-team averages for player fines dropped $35,000 per team last year, and the number of teams fined for repeat offenses dropped from n...

NFL rookie contracts have become simpler, faster to sign after new CBA | The MMQB with Peter King
It is a new day when it comes to rookie contracts in the NFL. The compensation system implemented by the 2011 CBA has created ready-made deals requiring little to no negotiations.

Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson among rookies who will switch positions | Audibles -
Before he was a great offensive tackle, Joe Thomas was a blocking tight end and defensive end for a while at Wisconsin. Michael Robinson, who won a Super Bowl at fullback for the Seahawks, was a quarterback at Penn State.

Quarterback competitions around NFL: Could Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater start? | Audibles -
The quarterback competition on everyone's radar this summer will be held in New York, where Michael Vick arrived in March to challenge 2013 second-round pick Geno Smith.

The importance of OTAs | National Football Post
Organized Team Activities don’t get the same coverage as training camp and the preseason, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t as important.

NFL offseason notes: Hyped rookie QBs won't stay backups long -
Don't believe the backup talk about Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Derek Carr. All three will be pushing to start by Week 1. And speaking of talk, Eric Ebron needs to zip it.

Was trading up for Sammy Watkins worth it? History says no -
It was a gutsy decision by the Bills to trade up for WR Sammy Watkins, but history suggests that the team would've been better off staying put.

Saints' Drew Brees plans to play into his 40s -
With 13 NFL seasons under his belt, no one would blame Drew Brees for looking forward to retired life. But the New Orleans Saints' QB has no plans on walking off into the sunset any time soon.

Patrick Peterson: Richard Sherman overhyped -
"I don't want to get in a debate as far as stats that he has and things like that," Peterson said during an interview on KMVP-FM. "Obviously his job is definitely much easier than mine. But if you look at their scheme and at our scheme, he's a Cover 3 corner. Period. "A lot of guys say he's a shutdown corner. But if you look at film and guys who understand the game, go back and look at film and see how his defense is. I believe that if you put him in our system, I don't believe he'll be able to last, honestly. Because I actually do much more than he is (doing)."

Belichick: Patriots not interested in Ryan Mallett trade -
Coach Bill Belichick stopped short of closing the door on the possibility of a Ryan Mallett trade on Thursday. What does the New England Patriots coach have up his sleeves?

Lynch: Right Or Wrong To Shun White House? | Sportspress Northwest
Did Marshawn Lynch have an obligation to attend Wednesday’s White House ceremony? Or, was he right to shun the event? Weigh in by voting here.

John McGrath: Seahawks jersey a worthy addition to president’s wardrobe | John McGrath | The News Tribune
Dear Mr. President,

Dave Boling: After 38 years, Seahawks finally get presidential welcome | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
For most of the Seattle Seahawks’ history, the only thing that resembled a parade for them was when the trucks were lined up to move them to Southern California.

Baldwin on KJR-AM: 'I'm going to play this season whether it's on the tender or under an extension' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin was a guest on KJR-AM, talking largely about the team’s trip to the White House Wednesday.

Seattle Seahawks’ super day at the White House | Local News | The Seattle Times
President Obama celebrated the Seattle Seahawks at the White House on their Super Bowl championship, offering knowing quips and paying homage to their shared underdog status.

Cardinals offseason wrap-up - NFC West Blog - ESPN
With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror and training camp just a couple of months away, we assess the Arizona Cardinals' offseason moves.

Rams offseason wrap-up - NFC West Blog - ESPN
With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror and training camp just a couple months away, we assess the St. Louis Rams' offseason moves

Seattle Seahawks: Grading the offseason - ESPN
With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror and training camp just a couple of months away, we assess the Seattle Seahawks’ offseason moves.

49ers offseason wrap-up - NFC West Blog - ESPN
With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror and training camp just a couple of months away, we assess the San Francisco 49ers' offseason moves.

St. Louis Rams get high marks for offseason efforts - ESPN
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Earlier today, I provided an offseason wrap-up in which we went through the best, most surprising and riskiest moves the team made

Richard Sherman moves on in Madden NFL 15 cover vote, faces 49ers Colin Kaepernick in semifinals
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman outperformed New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham in Round 2 of the fan vote to determine who will grace the cover of Madden NFL 15.

Seahawks sign second-round pick T Justin Britt - May 22, 2014
The Seattle Seahawks have officially signed another member of their 2014 draft class.

Byron Maxwell, Seattle Seahawks Enter Crucial 2014 Season | Bleacher Report
Seattle Seahawks news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

The Notebook: Round one reflections from the 2014 NFL Draft -
Which first-round picks will we still be talking about five years from now? Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White checks in with a look at the teams and the players featured on the first night of the draft.

Offseason grades for all 32 teams - NFL - ESPN
The 2014 NFL draft is finished and free agency has pretty much run its course. Rosters aren't quite set for training camp, but they're close enough to hand out letter grades for front offices based on offseason work completed to this point.

The Official Website of Richard Sherman
President Barack Obama had the podium in the East Room, but of course he shared the spotlight with Richard Sherman as the Seattle Seahawks were honored for their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. "I considered inviting Sherman up here to the podium today," said Obama, standing a few feet from the Lombardi Trophy.