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NFL Trade Value, Part 1 «
Bill Barnwell delivers his annual ranking of pro football’s top 50 most valuable assets

Buffalo Bills, Sammy Watkins, EJ Manuel kick off NFL training camps | The MMQB with Peter King
PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Sunday night was precisely what the NFL wants out of the preseason. The night of the first practice of the NFL summer simply couldn’t have gone better. Hope was for sale everywhere on the St.

Roundtable: NFL media members talk about covering training camp - NFL -
In order to offer readers insight into how NFL media members approach covering training camp and the preseason, I assembled five respected NFL media members for a roundtable discussion.

A position-by-position analysis of the Seahawks | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks return 43 of the players who made up the 53-man roster that defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8.

Get ready for the Legion of Boom rule | ProFootballTalk
“The game was allowed to be played physical, and that’s why you had so many run games,” Sherman said regarding the way the NFL used to be.  “That’s an old school brand of football.  I don’t know how old the rules are, but since these rules have come, you look up and every receiver, every play they could drop a wide-open pass and turn around and look for a flag.  I think that kind of ruins the game.  That kind of ruins the intensity, the whole DNA of football and what it is if you see flags every single play.”

McGrath: Lots of similarities abound between Gary Payton and Richard Sherman | John McGrath | The News Tribune
A Who’s Who gathering of some of the most distinguished athletes in Seattle sports history showed up Sunday for the Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Game at Safeco Field.

Washington NFL team claims half of earth cares about its preseason camps -
Everyone's a winner when Dan Snyder's team comes to town ... except the town itself.

The Ten Most Important St. Louis Rams in 2014 - Turf Show Times
These might not be the ten best St. Louis Rams’ players, but they’re extremely important to the success of the team in 2014.

Arizona Cardinals training camp: Lorenzo Alexander doesn't need to be a starter - Revenge of the Birds
The veteran doesn't feel he has to be a starter.

2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals enter camp with even better D-line than 2013 - Revenge of the Birds
The very talented group is even more talented.

Joe Staley contract: Full extension details - Niners Nation
The contract details are out for Joe Staley's new deal. We break down the nitty gritty, and what it means moving forward.

Seahawks Tickets Up 24.4% On Secondary Market Following Super Bowl Season
All season long television broadcasts of Seattle Seahawks games were taken over by announcers mentioning the impact of the 12th Man. It was inescapable. If the announcers weren’t talking about the 12th Man, the crowd itself was usually audible in the broadcast. Months after winning the Super Bowl, Seahawks fans are again making their impact as Seahawks tickets will enter the season with the most expensive average asking price on the secondary market.

Richard Sherman, Seahawks draw 22,000 to softball game - NFL - Sporting News
Not that it should come as a surprise, but Seattle is still crazy about its Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

Seattle Seahawks rank atop NFL in jersey sales - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
The Seattle Seahawks rank first in yet another category — jersey sales.

ESPN: Seahawks’ Russell Wilson is NFL’s ninth-best QB - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is the ninth-best quarterback in the NFL, according to ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski’s latest rankings. The third-year quarterback jumped three spots from his 12th-place preseason ranking last year.

11 things you can see at Seahawks training camp | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
A fans’ guide to attending training camp practices, or, if you can’t go, what happens on the fields.

The great debate: Cover cornerbacks
Is Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman the best cover cornerback in the NFL? The "NFL Total Access" crew gives their answers.

NFC West Preview
The Seattle Seahawks took the NFC West and the Super Bowl last year, but will they repeat? The "NFL Total Access" team breaks down who has improved most and who they think will take the title in 2014.

Seahawks have three of NFL's 10 best-selling jerseys - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Combine a Super Bowl victory, several star players, a strong fan base and some sharp uniforms and you get this: the Seahawks have three of the 10 best-selling NFL jerseys.

Schedule breakdown: Dallas Cowboys | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Heading into camp, we’ll take a quick look through the opponents on the 2014 schedule.

NFL -- More plays, more defensive penalties trending -- John Clayton mailbag - ESPN
Two themes are starting to emerge as teams open training camps.

Mike Pettine: Browns will name starting QB by Aug. 23 -
Another decision looms in Cleveland. Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters Monday that the team will decide on a starting QB by the third game of the preseason. Which signal-caller will win the job?

Brennan Williams released by Houston Texans -
The Houston Texans released offensive lineman Brennan Williams on Monday. Taken with the 89th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Williams was waived with the failed physical designation.

NFC West Training Camp Preview: 3 things to watch -
Around The League identifies three things to watch for each NFC West team during training camp. Will Marshawn Lynch and Vernon Davis join teammates for the start of camp?

After 49ers give Staley a big deal, expect underpaid Boone to hold out -
Joe Staley got a big deal from the Niners, who would be wise to do the same for deserving guard Alex Boone -- or risk a lengthy, though rare, holdout.

Monday Morning MD | National Football Post
Would you let your son play football?

Buffalo Bills, Sammy Watkins, EJ Manuel kick off NFL training camps | The MMQB with Peter King
PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Sunday night was precisely what the NFL wants out of the preseason. The night of the first practice of the NFL summer simply couldn’t have gone better. Hope was for sale everywhere on the St.

Offseason report cards from every NFL team |
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Seahawks have 99-percent season-ticket renewal rate | ProFootballTalk
It's good to be the defending NFL champions. The Seattle Seahawks have announced that all tickets for the 2014 regular season have been sold, thanks in large part to a franchise-record 99-percent renewal rate on season tickets. The team capped season tickets at 63,000.

Buying or Selling the NFL's Hottest Projected Breakout Stars | Bleacher Report
Run a search on Google or any major website that covers the National Football League, and you’re bound to find a list of projected breakout players for the upcoming season. As the offseason has toiled along, many NFL analysts have tried their hand at predicting who will become the new stars of the league in 2014.

Yards per Route Run, Yards per Target, and Targets per Route Run —
Yards per Route Run, a metric tabulated by Pro Football Focus, is one of my favorite statistics to use to examine wide receiver performance.  To me, it’s the wide receiver version of yards per pass, as it takes production and divides that by opportunity.  However, there are some folks who prefer Yards per Target to YPRR, under the idea that a target is a better way to define an opportunity than a route.

» Over the Cap- Joe Staley Salary Cap and Contract Page
LT Joe Staley signed a 6 year contract worth $44,650,000 with the San Francisco 49ers on July 18, 2014. The contract contains two option years in 2018 and 2019. Those option years must be exercised during the�2015 and 2016 League Year at a cost of $6 million and $4 million respectively. In each year of the contract Staley is eligible for $500,000 roster bonuses, which are paid out for each game in which he is active, as well as annual $200,000 workout bonuses. His option years also contain contract escalators based on performance. The base salaries of the contract are $2,700,000 (2014), $4,500,000(2015), $5,400,000(2016), $8,250,000(2017), $4,800,000(2017), and $4,800,000(2018).