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New-Look Seahawks Offense May Be NFL's Best Heading into 2014 Season | Bleacher Report
The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks clearly had the best defense in the NFL last year.

Seahawks' Bruce Irvin undergoes hip surgery -
Smith's absence -- and now that of Irvin as well -- create an opportunity for Korey Toomer, a 2012 fifth-round pick who has spent his first two seasons on injured reserve. "He's very strong," middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said of Toomer. "He worked out a lot this offseason. He's fast. Just adds another speed guy to our team. I'm looking forward to seeing him out there. He's doing a great job so far."

OTAs Day Two: Five impressions from Jenks, Condotta | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seattle’s fourth OTA of 10 it will hold is in the books. Today’s was the second open to the media. And as we will do after each, here are five impressions from Times Seahawks beat writers Jayson Jenks and Bob Condotta.

Seahawks OTA notes: Super Bowl winners look motivated - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
If Monday’s OTA session at the VMAC in Renton is any indication, fans concerned that the Seattle Seahawks might let up after their Super Bowl XLVIII victory need not be worried.

Percy Harvin feels good, ready to contribute for Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
“I didn’t give this team all of what I had last year because of the injuries,” Harvin said recently. “So, now I’m just looking to do what I do.”

Richardson your pick for the impact rookie - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
It’s all about speed for some of the Sound-Off Saturday voters, selecting wide receiver Paul Richardson as the rookie who will have the biggest impact for the Seahawks in 2014.

49ers expected to receive two compensatory picks | CSN Bay Area
With the arrival of June 1, the book closes on the gains and losses formula for 2015 compensatory draft picks.

Kap surplus: 49ers have room for QB deal, but Miami case unresolved - 49ers - The Sacramento Bee
The 49ers now have the salary-cap space to handle a long-term extension for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but a deal is unlikely until the investigation in Miami involving Kaepernick is complete.

Seahawks reaping the rewards of those who have been rewarded
Monday metatarsal musings: The Seahawks’ grand plan this offseason was to take care of their own, and they accomplished that in a big way when it came to Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin.

Richard Sherman adds to growing list of 'BODYARMOR' endorsers - NFL - Sporting News
When Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman signed his four-year contract extension in early May, he brought a 16 oz. bottle to the podium.

More on Alex Boone, Vernon Davis as potential 49ers holdouts - ESPN
As I return from vacation, let’s take a look at two potential summer-long storylines that have developed for the San Francisco 49ers -- the contract situations of standout guard Alex Boone and Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis.

Searching for Maurice Alexander's safety spot with St. Louis Rams - ESPN
After the St. Louis Rams used a fourth-round pick on Maurice Alexander, the initial wave of discussion centered on his interesting path from Edward Jones Dome janitor to NFL safety.

Richard Sherman, Luke Kuechly among indispensable defenders -
Two NFL defenses just suffered devastating personnel losses. In response, Adam Schein identifies the truly indispensable defenders, including New York Jets dynamo Muhammad Wilkerson.

Jonathan Goodwin, New Orleans Saints strike deal -
The New Orleans Saints and Jonathan Goodwin have agreed on a contract, per Ian Rapoport. The center previously spent five years in New Orleans before playing the last three with the San Francisco 49ers.

Time for Roger Goodell and NFL to get real about players' marijuana use -
Marijuana isn't a PED, and is now legal in many states, yet the NFL continues to ban players like Josh Gordon for using a drug that's a safe option for relieving pain.

Tim Tebow still 'training,' won't give up on NFL dream -
Tim Tebow is still training and says he feels like he's "the best I've ever been" as he continues to keep his dream of being an NFL quarterback alive.

Drew Brees calls Jimmy Graham a 'hybrid' wideout/tight end -
Drew Brees called Jimmy Graham a 'hybrid' wideout and tight end and said he's 'confident' Graham will work out his contract situation with the Saints.

Arthur Blank: NFL games in London 'will lead to' a team there -
Falcons owner Arthur Blank believes that NFL games in London "will lead to" a team playing there and the time it'll take is "less than you think."

First of many NFL predictions has Seahawks winning it all again | Seattle
How will the 2014 NFL season play out? If we really knew, we'd keep the answers to ourselves and join Johnny Manziel in Las Vegas. But USA TODAY Sports' Nate Davis is willing to offer one outcome after picking all 256 regular-season games and 11 playoff contests (he predicted the Seahawks would beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, eight months before the game kicked off, after doing this exercise in 2013). Here are the results (wild-card entries noted by *; all postseason teams also listed with seeding):

NFL locker-room culture change targeted in upcoming initiative | The MMQB with Peter King
A varied day in the world of Monday Morning Quarterback: The NFL starts its locker-room-culture initiative today in Atlanta—32 one-hour sessions in front of every NFL team by month’s end, continuing the league’s effort to Incognito-proof 32 locker rooms.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Factors: Jordan Reed
A year after ranking sixth in pass offense DVOA, the 2013 Change This Names cratered. They fell all the way down to 26th. Robert Griffin didn't look like the same quarterback, and often was throwing off his back foot. The timing of last year's offensive system was off-kilter. Santana Moss didn't age well. Neither Leonard Hankerson nor Aldrick Robinson impressed. Formerly franchise-tag-worthy tight end Fred Davis was a complete zero.

Shutdown Corner's overrated and underrated: NFL stadiums | Shutdown Corner - 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.

If NFL goes to London and L.A., who will move? | ProFootballTalk
When it comes to exciting new markets, the NFL has become too predictable.  Periodically, owners talk about one or more teams landing there, but nothing happens. Ever. Most recently, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has said the NFL "certainly" will return to Los Angeles within five years.

Lions release Vaughn Martin | ProFootballTalk
Teams have been holding workouts and/or OTAs for a few weeks now, giving them a better idea of how the different pieces of their roster fit together.

How New Helmet Technology Will Make the NFL and NHL Safer | Bleacher Report
Concussions remain a serious issue in sports, and with the recent White House concussion summit, the discussion has been raised a notch.

Monday Morning MD | National Football Post

With less practice time and contact, why aren’t we seeing fewer ACL tears?

2014 Fantasy Football Outlook: Seattle Seahawks | XN Sports
This summer, we’re going to be doing team by team fantasy previews. They’ll be filled with individual player breakdowns, projections and more.