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Stephen Dunn


49ers, Kaepernick reps rekindle contract talks - 49ers - The Sacramento Bee
The 49ers, who on Sunday received enough salary-cap relief to accommodate a contract extension for Colin Kaepernick, are wasting no time rekindling discussions with the quarterback's representatives. According to a source close to the situation, the two sides will meet this week in Santa Clara.

Russell Wilson starts off the 2014 season with his same, consistent philosophy | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson still talks about taking it all one step at a time.

Russell Wilson: Seahawks' receivers 'as fast as it gets' -
The Seattle Seahawks are gearing for a lethal attack from a wideout corps that includes Percy Harvin and Paul Richardson. In the words of Russell Wilson: "Yeah, our receivers right now are as fast as it gets."

Monday in Hawkville: June is Seattle Seahawks Month
After Monday’s OTA session, members of the King County Council presented coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider with a proclamation proclaiming June as Seattle Seahawks Month in honor of the Super Bowl champions.

MEETING THE PRESIDENT - The Official Web Site of Earl Thomas | NFL Safety . Seattle Seahawks
I recently had the opportunity to enjoy one of the more unique perks of being an NFL champion: visiting the White House, and being honored by the President of the United States.

The rookies are showing they can play
It appeared the 2014 rookie class was up against it as far as making an impact for the defending Super Bowl champions. But someone forgot to tell the players the Seahawks drafted and then signed after the draft.

Patrick Willis may make short move - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Patrick Willis may have a slightly different look in the first half of the upcoming season.

Arizona Cardinals' cap space grows without Daryl Washington - ESPN
Arizona was poised to gain a significant increase in its salary cap space this week when the Cardinals' June 1 designation went into effect.

Bethel proves school size doesn’t matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' locker room is squeezed tight these days, with 90 men filling a space that 53 comfortably call home for half the year.

Cornerback position remains in spotlight - NFC West Blog - ESPN
With organized team activities in full swing for the San Francisco 49ers, the biggest on-field question the team must answer is at cornerback.

Russell Wilson pleased with Seattle's receivers - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson didn’t have to think twice about what has impressed him the most in the organized team activities.

Bruce Irvin’s hip surgery reshuffles Seahawks’ linebackers | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Bruce Irvin, Seattle’s fourth linebacker missing from workouts, says he’ll be back by training camp.

Wagner optimistic for breakthrough year from linebackers | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The focus of the coverage after Monday’s OTA was understandably on the linebackers who weren’t there.

Ranking the best and worst offensive lines in the NFL. | : Mike Tanier Article
Welcome to the Mandatory Monday Ranking Files, a six-part series rating the best and worst units in the NFL. In this week's kickoff segment, we battle through the offensive lines.

Cam Newton challenges fellow ‘Madden’ cover finalist Richard Sherman to game of ‘Madden’ - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Richard Sherman may be better at life than you. But is he better at “Madden”?

Dave Boling: New look, same old excellence for Seahawks' Wilson | Dave Boling | The News Tribune
First of all, the issue of Russell Wilson’s hair.

Post-draft depth chart: Tight end | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
After the season, it appeared the Seahawks could be on the way to a large shakeup at tight end.

Post-draft depth chart: Offensive line | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
On to the offensive line, with the standard caveat that it’s June.

Irvin out, linebackers still shine at Seahawks OTAs | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seahawks pass-rusher had hip surgery Monday, but his unit continues to impress in OTAs without him

Super Bowl fame hasn't changed Russell Wilson | - Sports
The question was asked in regard to Russell Wilson's physical build — does he have any desire to change his playing weight, something players often talk about doing this time of year — but really, his answer summed up the approach to the entire offseason for the Seahawks quarterback.

Thiel: Wilson persuaded success won’t corrupt | Sportspress Northwest
After becoming one of the most eminent celebrities in the sports world, the Seahawks QB is back to business: “After tasting the Super Bowl, we want it that much more.”

Trent Richardson compares to Lynch, Hasselbeck says -
The numbers say running back Trent Richardson was more "Least Mode" than "Beast Mode" in 2013, but the Colts' Matt Hasselbeck compares Richardson to ex-Seahawks teammate Marshawn Lynch anyway.

Organic Email Chain: Offensive Rookie of the Year -
In their latest organic email chain, the Around The League team takes sides on who'll be 2014's Offensive Rookie of the Year. Who gets more support: Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater?

Carson Palmer: Washington will be welcomed back -
Carson Palmer said Monday that Arizona Cardinals players will welcome back the suspended Daryl Washington and "give him a hug." Does the rest of the team feel the same?

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers to talk contract -
Having tabled contract discussions in April, the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick are set to restart negotiations this week. Will a deal get done by the start of training camp?

Ernie Sims, Arizona Cardinals strike one-year deal -
The Arizona Cardinals signed veteran Ernie Sims on Tuesday. Can the NFL's itinerant linebacker make up for the loss of the suspended Daryl Washington?

Thirteen OTA takeaways: Giants' D will miss Will Hill -
Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace and Cardinals pass-catcher Michael Floyd are both in position for big seasons. Will they capitalize? Find out what we learned from Monday's OTAs.

Examining every NFL team's glaring positional weakness -
The Falcons and Titans? Outside rush. Niners, Cards, Broncos and Cowboys? Inside LB. Chiefs, Pats, Jets, Raiders? Wideouts. Every team has a hole.

Eagles sign OL Allen Barbre to three-year extension -
The Eagles locked up another offensive linemen, signing backup Allen Barbre to a three-year extension on Tuesday.

Examining what each NFL team spends on wide receivers -
Alshon Jeffery had a breakout 2013 season. The Bears wide receiver took off for 89 receptions, 1,421 yards and 7 touchdowns. And playing alongside Brandon Marshall, you could argue he's not even the best wide receiver on his own team. It's no wonder he recently said the Bears have the best duo on the NFL. Is Jeffery right?

Second year spotlight: AFC South | National Football Post
The Titans look to find some explosiveness from their second-year wide receiver.

Johnny Manziel similar to RGIII? Why Cleveland Browns' Kyle Shanahan is right | Audibles -
"The thing that’s awesome about having a guy like Robert [Griffin III]," then-Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said last summer, "is Robert’s capable of being great at anything.

A History of the NFL in 95 Objects: The Day Football Died in L.A. | The MMQB with Peter King
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in The MMQB’s 10-part series NFL 95: A History of Pro Football in 95 Objects, commemorating the 95th season of the NFL in 2014.

Warren Moon chose No. 1 for multiple reasons | ProFootballTalk
The Prime Numbers series on NBCSN's Pro Football Talk started Monday with No. 1.  And the best player who ever wore that number was Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon. So why did Moon pick No. 1? "A couple of different reasons," Moon told Erik Kuselias.

Ian Williams works his way back from four leg surgeries | ProFootballTalk
When 49ers nose tackle Ian Williams went down with a broken leg in Week Two of the 2013 season, few realized the difficult road he’d take back to the NFL.

Steve Young: Colin Kaepernick should run less, learn to make reads | ProFootballTalk
“That’s going to be a very difficult thing for Colin to master. He’s going to have to tie his legs in training camp. Literally, he should tie his legs, physically, so he can’t do anything but throw from the pocket,” Young said.

How New NFL Head Coaches Make Their Mark Early in Offseason Calendar | Bleacher Report
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve taken a deeper look at the offseason programs in the NFL through the eyes of both rookies and veterans as they start their prep for the 2014 season.

Yards per Target Relative to Teammates —
Josh Gordon led the league with 1,646 receiving yards last year. That’s impressive: perhaps even more impressive is that he did it on “only” 159 targets, meaning he averaged 10.35 yards per target.1 But the most impressive part, of course, was that he did it for the Browns. You know, the Browns, quarterbacked by a three-headed monster of Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden, and Brian Hoyer, each of whom managed to average a around the same mediocre 6.4 yards per attempt.

Can the Cardinals continue to compete in a stacked NFC West? | : Mike Tanier Article
Success in the NFC West is not measured in baby steps but quantum leaps, so enthusiasm for the Arizona Cardinals, a fragile thing in any circumstances, is tempered by the knowledge that even the best offseason efforts may simply not have been good enough.

Green Bay Packers better than most at finding gems late in NFL draft - NFL - Don Banks -
The Packers' recent signing of baggage-laden tight end Colt Lyerla struck some as an out-of-character move for Green Bay, which doesn't routinely take chances on players who enter the NFL with the bevy of red flags featured by the talented but troubled former Oregon Duck. But viewed from another perspective, the Packers' risky redemption project does fit a certain pattern, given Green Bay's well-known penchant for successfully mining the undrafted collegiate free agent ranks, as well as compiling a strong track record in the later rounds of the draft.