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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday

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Larry Fitzgerald only focusing on 2014 with Cardinals | ProFootballTalk
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been one of the greatest players to wear a Cardinals uniform in any of the towns that the team has called home, but there's been talk of late about the end of his time in Arizona.

It’s time to end the debate about the NFL’s best cornerback | Q
For a second-straight offseason, Richard Sherman has found himself in war of words with another top cornerback.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Catch Radius: Denver vs. DVOA vs. Dalton
We recently looked at catch radii for receivers such as Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. It's one thing to catch a perfectly thrown pass, but how many times does a receiver catch a ball thrown above his head, or reach back with one hand on a pass thrown wide to finish a play? Those are some of the things we want to try quantifying with catch radius.

Bucky's Best: Joe Thomas, Tyron Smith among blind-side beasts -
Tyron Smith is quickly becoming one of the NFL's finest left tackles. Where does the Dallas Cowboys youngster rank among his blind-side contemporaries? Bucky Brooks provides a pecking order.

Spencer Nealy suspended four games for violating PED policy | ProFootballTalk
Vikings defensive end Spencer Nealy will serve a four-game suspension to begin the 2014 regular season after violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league said Friday. Nealy, 24, spent part of the 2013 season on the Vikings' practice squad.

Top 5 Positional Units: Secondaries -
The term “passing league” gets thrown around (ha!) quite a bit and holds quite a bit of truth. More and more teams are passing more and love to do so by spreading out defenses and exploiting match ups. To combat this, it really is not enough to have one star corner when there are so many good receivers in this league and it is important to have good personnel all throughout a secondary to take away an offense’s options.

Andre Reed thinks Richard Sherman wouldn’t have been able to cover Andre Reed | ProFootballTalk
“Hell no,” Reed told the kids, to their delight, via  (Calm down, Church Lady; they’ve heard — and said — a lot worse than “hell”.) “Look, Richard Sherman is a really good player,” Reed added.  “But he isn’t a Deion [Sanders] or a [Rod] Woodson yet, even if he thinks he is.”

For the Seattle Seahawks, the Super Bowl ring is the thing | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Once the Super Bowl ended, the process of creating a Seahawks Super Bowl ring began.

Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice featured in this year’s Seahawks-themed corn maze - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Ok, Seahawks receivers Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice may not have catchy nicknames but you don’t need nicknames when your face is carved out of thousands of cornstalks, writ large over the landscape.

The line to discuss Hall of Fame linemen forms behind Warren Moon
Warren Moon played with some of the best linemen in NFL history during his own Hall of Fame career, and the former QB says Walter Jones is among the best to ever play the game.

Seahawks in Brazil: Steven Hauschka
Follow along as Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka travels to Brazil to support the US Men's National Team in the 2014 World Cup and he takes in the soccer culture along the way.

Seahawks in Brazil: KJ, Mike and Malcolm
Follow along as Seahawks linebackers KJ Wright, Malcolm Smith and Mike Morgan travel to Brazil to take in the 2014 World Cup and meet some Seahawks fans along the way.

KJ Wright: Ready to Get Back to Work
Seahawks Linebacker KJ Wright talks with Tony Ventrella about his time off, preparation for training camp and his trip to Brazil to take in the 2014 World Cup.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman: Following around #1 WR is 'disrespectful' to the secondary
Super Bowl winning cornerback Richard Sherman joins the "NFL Total Access" crew to discuss multiple topics including his new commercial and how he feels about following around a teams' No. 1 wide receiver.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman: Hopefully people appreciate defenders more
Richard Sherman discusses his ranking as the No. 7 player in the "NFL Top 100 Players of 2014" and expresses his hope for defenders to be ranked higher in the future.

Grey Area: Richard Sherman and 'The Birth of No' -
Richard Sherman was all over the dial this week, including multiple stops on the NFL Network, an interview with ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" and an appearance on the Discovery Channel's "American Muscle".

Seahawks’ Richard Sherman: I’m done talking about 49ers’ Crabtree - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seattle Seahawks’ All-Pro Richard Sherman is among the best in the world at two things:

Friday links: Football Outsiders breaks down Doug Baldwin's game | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Throughout the spring, one thing you heard a lot coming out of the VMAC is how much better Seattle’s receiving corps could be this season, despite the loss of Golden Tate in free agency.

Sherman on Crabtree: 'I’m pretty much done talking about that' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
“I’m pretty much done talking about that,” Sherman said, according to a transcript released by NFL Network. “It’s getting old, it’s getting old for me. I’m tired of people asking me about it.”

Andre Johnson's trade leverage | National Football Post
By helping the Texans with previous contract restructurings, the Houston wide receiver hurt himself in the process.

Larry Fitzgerald says he was never approached about potential Patriots trade | National Football Post
Wide receiver has been a fixture with Cardinals

Team preview: Denver Broncos | National Football Post
Will Peyton Manning and company repeat as AFC Champions?

Vikings' Spencer Nealy suspended four games by NFL | National Football Post
Violated NFL performance-enhancing drug policy

Seahawks’ Sherman tests Nike’s $250 cleats | Sportspress Northwest

Ron Jaworski: Eagles coach Chip Kelly 'won me over' -
Last year, former Eagles QB Ron Jaworski wasn't buying into the Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia. How exactly did the first-year coach endear himself to Jaws?

Report: Texans not likely to trade Andre Johnson -
According to a report out of Houston, the Texans don't plan on trading Andre Johnson.

Josh Huff: Colt Lyerla can be better than Gronk, Graham -
Packers tight end Colt Lyerla arrived in Green Bay with plenty of off-the-field questions, but former Oregon teammate Josh Huff believes "he can be better" than Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski. Really?

Report: Bills want Bryce Brown to grow into lead back -
The Bills raised some eyebrows in May when they orchestrated a swap with the Philadelphia Eagles for running back Bryce Brown. How many carries can he steal in a crowded Buffalo backfield?

Will Witherspoon: Kenny Britt will be a star with Rams -
Veteran linebacker Will Witherspoon believes Kenny Britt will "blossom into a star" with the Rams this season. Is there reason to believe the wide receiver can turn his career around in St. Louis?

Fitzgerald: Patriots never approached me about trade -
After rumors leaked in January that the Patriots had explored a trade for Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals All-Pro wide receiver confirmed this week that "there was never a time where the team approached me."

Calais Campbell: Cardinals still have a 'top defense' -
Star defensive end Calais Campbell expects the Cardinals to "really do some damage this year." Find out why Campbell believes Arizona still has a formidable D despite the loss of key players.

Revenue sharing splits up $6 billion in 2013 | ProFootballTalk
Since only the Packers must reveal their books, due to their non-stock stock ownership structure, the Packers' annual report includes plenty of info both about the franchise and the league. Darren Rovell of did some backwards math to determine that the $187.

2014 MVP Odds and Historical QB MVP Performance —
On July 8th, Bovada released some early MVP odds, so I figured it would be fun to take a few minutes and examine which players seem like the best and worst bets. Bovada listed odds for 40 players. For example, Peyton Manning has odds of “3/1″ which implies that he has a 25% chance of winning the MVP (if you bet $10 on Manning, you get your $10 back plus $30 from the casino).

Denver Broncos' Chris Harris Jr.: 'Super Bowl or bust for us' - ESPN
"The main thing right now is everybody has so much time on their hands, so just stay in shape and stay out of the news," Harris said Friday. "That’s just something I’ve been trying to keep tabs on guys, lead by example, just come in with a clean slate and no bad stories before we get there."

The 49ers have spent the offseason strengthening their edges. | : Dan Pompei Article

The 49ers can destroy a lot of teams this fall, assuming they don't destroy themselves first. They are well-coached and well-stocked. But in some ways they have been a team on the edge, with rumors of infighting, contract standoffs and players running afoul of the law.