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Chris Johnson thinks Titans 'did him wrong' with timing of release | FOX Sports on MSN
New York Jets running back Chris Johnson looks back fondly on his time with the Tennessee Titans, but not on how his six-year tenure there ended.

A History of the NFL in 95 Objects: Television's impact on NFL growth | The MMQB with Peter King
Editor’s note: This is the sixth in The MMQB’s series NFL 95: A History of Pro Football in 95 Objects, commemorating the 95th season of the NFL in 2014.

49ers Promise a Different Offense In 2014 < Blog | Alex Flanagan
Jim Harbaugh didn't hide his disappointment Tuesday that tight end Vernon Davis and right guard Alex Boone no showed on the first of the 49ers three-day mini camp.  Harbaugh, told reporters he wasn't beating around the bush, "It's not the decision that I envision being the 49er way".

U.S. Soccer's Clint Dempsey Has Another Goal: Release a Rap Album - WSJ
As Mr. Dempsey improvised in the studio, though, he turned out to be exceptionally clever, surprising the studio owner, radio personality and TV host DJ Skee, and other music industry veterans "because he's a soccer player, and people automatically expect it to not be good," said Mr. Chehadé, the album's executive producer. "I'm not saying he's Eminem, but he's definitely qualified." In one song from the album, "All Night," for example, he suggested rhyming the line "My game face won't never flinch," with "I'm beast mode, Marshawn Lynch."

Greg Roman hints the 49ers could pass more in 2014 | ProFootballTalk
“We kind of went through everything we’ve done and really kind of stripped it back down to its most element basic parts and [started] over at square one. I would say, I think it’s fair to make the statement that it’s a different offense, 2014,” Roman said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “Because we’ve got some new guys in, Brandon Lloyd has been out there everyday. He’s done a great job of taking advantage of his opportunities. Stevie Johnson’s another guy. So, we’ll see how it all goes.”

The strange superpower requests of NFL rookies -
Flight? Sure. Mind reading? Alright. Responsible Hulking? Sounds reasonable to me.

A few more odds and ends from Pete Carroll | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Much of Pete Carroll’s meeting with the media after Tuesday’s mini-camp focused on Marshawn Lynch, and has been passed along here already. Here are a few other quotes on a few other players/topics from that session:

Jim Harbaugh 'very impressed' with Blaine Gabbert -
San Francisco turned heads in March when they shipped a sixth-round pick to the Jaguars in exchange for Blaine Gabbert. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says the move looks 'very good' here in June.

Seahawks Seahawks don't owe Marshawn Lynch new contract - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks just ran into the first major reality check that comes with being defending Super Bowl champs -- not everybody on the roster is going to feel appreciated. This is a key reason why Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch hadn't participated in any offseason workouts before attending this week's mandatory minicamp. According to the smattering of information that has emerged in this story so far, Lynch is looking for the Seahawks to give him a raise, a nice bump to symbolize their gratitude. If the Seahawks are wise, they would avoid the demands of a player who has become the foundation of their offense.

Tharold Simon continues to impress Seattle Seahawks - ESPN
Cornerback Tharold Simon picked up where he left off from the last day of organized team activities last week and was a standout once again in the first day of minicamp Tuesday, breaking up several passes and showing his speed and athleticism.

Cable: No competition for guards Carpenter, Sweezy -
There's a question among some Seahawks observers as to who should be the team's starting offensive guards.

Seahawks had what Kevin Williams was looking for -
Kevin Williams had other options as he sat on the free-agent market with a reputation as one of the best defensive tackles of his generation and a good amount of gas left in his 33-year-old tank.

Jim Harbaugh once buzzed George Seifert - NFC West Blog - ESPN
George Seifert is a big Jim Harbaugh fan. Harbaugh Now, 19 years ago? Not so much.

Seattle's Kevin Williams sees more from less snaps - ESPN
Kevin Williams is a six-time Pro Bowler who was a workhorse at defensive tackle for 11 years in Minnesota. He will turn 34 in August.

Thoughts from Day 1 of 49ers' minicamp - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Prior to the San Francisco 49ers' first mandatory minicamp practice, offensive coordinator Greg Roman said he was looking for sharp workouts.

What stat trends say about Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch for 2014 - ESPN
Marshawn Lynch made it to minicamp Tuesday for the Seahawks, but he will not practice this week because he recently tweaked his ankle.

For now, all seems well with Lynch, Seahawks | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Marshawn Lynch at least shows he has some faith a new contract could be coming by making an appearance at first day of minicamp.

Dave Boling: Defensive tackle Williams excited to be with Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Kevin Williams pinpointed his two most vivid memories of playing defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings in games against the Seattle Seahawks.

Darrington High football team enjoys special day with Seahawks | - Sports
With the passing weeks and months, residents of Darrington are slowly putting the tragedy of the Oso mudslide behind them.

Vernon Davis' Holdout Is Justified, but He Has No Leverage in This Situation | Bleacher Report
San Francisco 49ers news, rumors, scores, schedules, predictions, picks against the spread, free agent updates, power rankings, mock drafts and more

Zac Stacy not guaranteed St. Louis Rams' starting job -
Zac Stacy was a standout rookie for the St. Louis Rams last season. So why is offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer saying that the running back isn't guaranteed a starting job?

Drew Brees: Brandin Cooks will help fill Sproles' role -
Drew Brees expects "explosive" rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks to help fill Darren Sproles' mismatch role in the Saints' offense. Does New Orleans have a shot at the NFL's best record in 2014?

Tank Carradine appears ready to roll - San Francisco 49ers Blog - ESPN
Vic Fangio is finally seeing the Tank Carradine the San Francisco 49ers drafted and he likes what he sees.

Thiel: Newcomer says Wilson is a DT’s best pal | Sportspress Northwest
Fresh out of enthusiasm for the Vikings' QB carousel, DT Kevin Williams put a premium on Russell Wilson as a reason for signing with the Seahawks in free agency.

Toby Gerhart aims to be 'Beast Mode' for Jaguars -
Does Gus Bradley have a "Beast Mode" clone in Jacksonville? Free-agent pickup Toby Gerhart hopes to channel Marshawn Lynch as the Jaguars' starting running back this season.

Ground game | National Football Post
Will we have a first round running back in the 2015 draft?

5 bold predictions for the 2014 season | National Football Post
Taking a look into the 2014 season.

Brian Schottenheimer pushing competition at RB for Rams - ESPN
When asked about the St. Louis Rams' collection of running backs Tuesday, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer offered an interesting response.

Shutdown Corner's Overrated and Underrated: All-time quarterbacks | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: This offseason, Shutdown Corner's Frank Schwab and Eric Edholm will look into what is overrated and underrated in all aspects of the NFL. We fully expect your angry emails and comments that are sure to follow.

The best and worst passing games of 2013 —
Yesterday, I analyzed the 2013 passing numbers for strength of schedule. Today, we look at the best and worst games of the year, from the perspectives of both the quarterbacks and the defenses.

Justin Smith out this week, expected to be fine for camp | ProFootballTalk
Defensive end Justin Smith played fewer snaps in the 2013 season, but remained a key cog in the 49ers defense as they advanced to the NFC Championship Game.

Seahawks fan launches Legion of Boom petition for Madden game | ProFootballTalk
“I’ve been trying to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, and EA has been fighting me,” Sherman said.  “So if everybody wants to start a petition to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, here it is, here’s an open invitation.”

Trading Dead Money & The NFL Expiring Contract - Over the Cap
Dead money has historically served as an impediment to the consummation of player-related trades in the NFL, but recent trends in contract structuring have opened up the possibility for the opposite outcome to take place: dead money as a driver of player-related trades. The new, and increasingly common, contract structures employed by NFL teams allow for dead money to be assigned to any team, whereas traditional contract structures rendered dead money “stuck” with the team which had originally signed the player. As a result, much dead money is now “tradable,” allowing for NBA-style transactions in which one team provides compensation to another team in return for taking on cap-clogging contracts.