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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Monday

Brand new week.

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Seahawks out of chase for Finley | ProFootballTalk
Per a league source, the Seahawks are out of the Finley sweepstakes.

Seattle Seahawks no longer in on Jermichael Finley -
Jermichael Finley visited the Seahawks -- and no one else -- during the initial free agency period. However, Pete Carroll's team is backing off. Does Finley have a backup plan?

Sherman hitting endorsement jackpot | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Of all that may have changed in the NFL through the years, what hasn’t is the impact that winning a Super Bowl can make when it comes to off-field opportunities for the participants.

Top Comeback Player of the Year candidates for '14 -
Will Robert Griffin III enter the season as the heavy favorite for 2014 Comeback Player of the Year honors? Chris Wesseling examines RGIII's top competition for the award.

Alshon Jeffery: Bears sport 'two best receivers' in NFL -
Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is confident that he and Brandon Marshall topped the list of the best wideout tandems in the league last season. Does Jeffery predict a repeat performance this year?

Vernon Davis not doing himself any favors with 49ers -
Vernon Davis doesn't understand the tight end market or his own value, or else he wouldn't be staging a protest against the 49ers.

Second year spotlight: AFC North | National Football Post
Look for these players to play significant roles this fall.

With opportunity to start, Tre Mason set to prove to Rams that size is overrated | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
Three games into what would be his Heisman Trophy finalist season at Auburn in 2013, Tre Mason was ... just fine. Good even. He was averaging seven yards per carry, but in limited work in the Tigers' 3-0 start that included two narrow victories.

Three more years for Peyton Manning? | ProFootballTalk
With all the talk about the longevity of a soon-to-be 37-year-old quarterback who has played only for the Patriots, it's easy to overlook the question of how long a 38-year-old signal-caller will continue to shout "Omaha" in Colorado.

All 32 teams holding multiple days of OTAs this week | ProFootballTalk
Yes, we are nearing the quiet period of the NFL calendar. But we aren’t there yet.

Podcast: QB Salaries, Vernon Davis, Baldwin Extension, Cap Rules and More... - Over the Cap
In this weeks podcast I cover the Alex Smith and Andy Dalton contract dilemmas and the Bears role in all of it; Vernon Davis’ quest for a new contract; how Doug Baldwin’s extension illustrates some of the difficulties in comparing contracts; Mark Sanchez’ decision to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles; how we calculate the salary cap during the top 51 rule period.

Grading the Draft: NFC East
While the Redskins finished a dismal 3-13 last season, no NFC East team drafted in the top 10 thanks to Washington’s 2012 trade for Robert Griffin III. Instead, Dan Snyder’s second overall pick went to the Rams and became Auburn tackle Greg Robinson, while the Giants were in position to draft the division’s newest playmaker.

Carson Palmer thinks Michael Floyd is 'going to shock some people' in 2014 - Revenge of the Birds
The two have worked out all offseason.

Carson Palmer 'excited' for John Carlson in 2014 - Revenge of the Birds
Will the free agent tight end be able to match expectations?

Kyle Shanahan: RG3 and Johnny Manziel are 'very similar' -
Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Johnny Manziel and his previous quarterback Robert Griffin III are 'very similar.'

Analyzing the leaders in targets in 2013 —
Comparing wide receivers across teams is tricky. Pierre Garcon led the NFL in targets,1 but that’s partially because Washington didn’t have much help at wide receiver.2 Vincent Jackson was 2nd in percentage of team targets (we’ll get to who was first in a few minutes) for a similar reason: Jackson is a very good receiver, but Tampa Bay had limited weapons in 2014.3 At least in theory, the high target numbers for Garcon and Jackson should be considered in light of the fact that both teams had below-average passing offenses.