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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

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Friday, baby!

Seahawks already jawing as they try to keep their competitive edge | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks players chirped and trash-talked at each other on the first day of OTAs, using the same aggressive formula as last season.

Memo to NFL Rookies: Be Prepared to Play Special Teams | Bleacher Report
For the majority of rookies, the ability to play special teams is the ticket to landing a roster spot when the final cuts are made before the start of the regular season.

Why do some top draft picks fail, while some non-draftees flourish | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
There’s still no way to be sure what you’re getting in the NFL draft. The Seahawks learned that in 2009, when they selected linebacker Aaron Curry fourth overall. Curry never made an impact. Doug Baldwin, who was undrafted in 2011, is one of the team’s stars.

Worry About Johnny Manziel’s Weight, Not His Height | FiveThirtyEight
At the NFL scouting combine in February, wildly popular Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel officially measured in at 71¾ inches and 207 pounds. His diminutive stature was such a hot topic prior to the 2014 NFL draft that the media couldn’t resist the puns: “Johnny Manziel Comes Up Short At NFL Combine “(CBS Cleveland); “The Long and Short of Johnny Manziel” (ESPN Cleveland); “Will Johnny Manziel Measure Up for the Browns?” (

Source: Vernon Davis seeks new contract | CSN Bay Area
Tight end Vernon Davis, one of only two 49ers players not participating in the team’s voluntary offseason workout program, is apparently hoping to leverage his high-profile absence into a new contract.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Four Downs: NFC North
Every offseason, Bears general manager Phil Emery picks his team's biggest weakness and attacks it. He rebuilt the entire offensive line in the 2013 offseason. This offseason, Chicago's spent its aggression on the defensive line. Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen are big splashes added to a line that needed improvement. Willie Young and Israel Idonije are the types of smaller pieces that could have prevented the defensive collapse Chicago had in 2013. The Bears also spent two second-day picks on help at defensive tackle, selecting Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton.

NFL - Wide receiver Doug Baldwin and Seattle Seahawks agree to a two-year contract - ESPN
Baldwin has consistently produced since joining the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie in 2011. He led the team's receivers in catches (51), yards (788) and touchdowns (four) that season, and last season ranked second in receptions (50) and yards (778) and tied for first with five touchdowns.

VIDEO: Seahawks star Richard Sherman recreates epic on-field rant in new public-service spot with Michelle Obama   - NY Daily News
Sherman was helping Mrs. Obama promote her 'Let’s move initiative,' which encourages kids to exercise and make healthy food choices.

Dan Pompei's Read Option: The Case for Expanding the NFL Playoffs | Bleacher Report
Over the past 44 years, the NFL playoff field has grown from four teams to eight to 10 to 12, and now more postseason expansion is as inevitable as more urban sprawl.

Doug Baldwin, Seahawks agree to new deal -
After watching several teammates sign new deals with the Seahawks this offseason, Thursday's was Doug Baldwin's turn to cash in.

Doug Baldwin rewarded by Seahawks
Doug Baldwin was told when the offseason began that the Seahawks would take care of him, in time. Baldwin’s time arrived Thursday when the clutch wide receiver was signed to a three-year contract.

Throwback Thursday: Jeron Johnson back in No. 23
After wearing 32 during his first three seasons with the Seahawks, Jeron Johnson has taken advantage of Marcus Trufant’s retirement to reclaim the number he wore at Boise State: 23.

Seahawks Daily - Doug Baldwin Signs New Contract
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin signed a new three-year contract on Thursday keeping him in the same uniform as his "brother" Richard Sherman for the next few years.

Source: LB Ernie Sims visits Arizona Cardinals - ESPN
Two days after Arizona coach Bruce Arians said he’d like to add another inside linebacker to the roster, the Cardinals brought in Ernie Sims for a visit, according to a source.

Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin's extension about football 'family' - ESPN
Doug Baldwin doesn't really mind his nickname of Angry Doug, but he doesn't consider it accurate.

Doug Baldwin's deal completes the puzzle - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Angry Doug is Happy Doug now, and Seattle Seahawks fans should be happy as well.

NFL Nation: 4 Downs -- NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
By almost everyone’s estimation, the rough and rugged NFC West was the best division in the NFL in 2013. It had the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, two teams in the NFC Championship Game (Seattle and the San Francisco 49ers) and another 10-game winner in the Arizona Cardinals. The St. Louis Rams were 7-9 but likely would have had a winning season in any other division.

Doug Baldwin: 'Nothing has changed' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin may have signed a new deal today that could pay him as much as $13 million or more over three seasons.

Emerald City dynasty? Seahawks’ key offseason decisions - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
With a young roster full of stars at key positions — many of them with contracts well below market value — Seattle seemed poised to make a run at becoming the NFL’s first dynasty since the New England Patriots of the early 2000s.

Baldwin: ‘Nothing changes for me’ | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Doug Baldwin popped a bottle of apple cider — he doesn’t drink alcohol — in celebration at Thursday’s press conference in Renton.

Vernon Davis wants a new contract from 49ers -
Vernon Davis has two years left on his contract, but the San Francisco 49ers tight end is skipping offseason workouts to show he wants a new deal, Ian Rapoport reports.

Dave Boling: Great Punt Returner Debate of 2014 a luxury for Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Maybe you can remember about this time two years ago, when the crucial debate regarding the Seattle Seahawks was whether they could scrape together a functioning quarterback from the trio of Matt Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson and a little-known third-round rookie named Russell Wilson.

Agent: Jermichael Finley to visit mystery team Friday -
As Jermichael Finley creeps closer to a potential on-field return, the former Green Bay Packers tight end continues to draw interest from potential suitors.

What does future hold for Alex Smith, Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer? -
Three starting QBs -- Alex Smith, Andy Dalton and Carson Palmer -- enter contract years. The Chiefs, Bengals and Cardinals have some decisions to make.

Jim Harbaugh: 2014 will be 'breakout year' for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick -
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is expecting a breakout year from his bionic-looking quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Obama to address sports safety, NFL donates $25M to research -
President Barack Obama will host a summit at the White House Thursday to help educate the public about youth sports concussions.

Does a team really need an elite receiver to get to the Super Bowl? -
Since Ray Farmer said a team doesn't need a big-time receiver to get to the NFL title game, we've decided to explore his theory.

Second year spotlight: NFC South | National Football Post
Some players to keep an eye on this season.

NFL, NFLPA could find middle ground in HGH, marijuana testing | The MMQB with Peter King
Marijuana and HGH. There appears to be at least a chance of a tradeoff in NFL enforcement of the two, as the league and union bicker over potential changes in current drug-testing protocols.

Mark Sanchez ready to make most of time with Philadelphia Eagles - NFL - Don Banks -
PHILADELPHIA -- When the Eagles held their first OTA workout of the offseason that was open to the media on Thursday, a quick check of the quarterback lineup showed Philadelphia's newest passer, Mark Sanchez, wearing No. 3, while second-year Eagle Matt Barkley continued to sport a No. 2 jersey.

Vernon Davis' Potential Holdout Indicates a Possible Fantex Problem - Over the Cap
According to Mat Maiocco, 49ers Tight End Vernon Davis is seeking a new contract. He is not attending the offseason workout program and will forfeit $200,000 of income by doing so. Players seeking a new contract is nothing new, but I thought this was a case worth talking about because of Davis’ involvement with Fantex and how this could provide a problem for the NFL in the future.

Grading the Draft: AFC East

While the Patriots won their fifth straight AFC East title last season and continue to be one of the most consistent franchises in the NFL, the Jets, Dolphins and Bills continued their recent struggles. New England remains the only team in the division to finish above .500 since the Jets went 11-5 in 2010 and, while Miami and New York were knocking on the door at 8-8 last season, Buffalo made the loudest noise on draft day in an attempt to break through.

OTAs: Kaepernick works with Crabtree, Boldin, Lloyd in red zone | CSN Bay Area

While the 49ers ran through a special-teams drill on one field Wednesday afternoon, quarterback Colin Kaepernick spent quality time with three veteran wide receivers during organized team activities.

49ers notes: Kaepernick hopes veteran receiver Brandon Lloyd can help solve red-zone issues - 49ers - The Sacramento Bee
Brandon Lloyd, known for acrobatic catches in his first stint with the 49ers, had another Wednesday when he made a sliding touchdown grab in the corner of the end zone on a pass from Colin Kaepernick.