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Archives: Feb. 2012


Morning links: Predicting the Manning sweepstakes

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning throws a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the third quarter of a football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006. Indianapolis defeated Jacksonville 21-14.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Peter King of Sports Illustrated goes through the list of possible teams in the running to secure quarterback Peyton Manning in free agency under the likely scenario that Indianapolis releases him March 8, along with the elite quarterback being able to prove that he’s healthy.

King lists Miami, the N.Y. Jets, Seattle, Arizona and Kansas City as possible destinations.

Here’s what King says about Seattle: “The injury-prone Sidney Rice makes this a tough call. But the Seahawks certainly have the cash to make this happen, and it’s exceedingly logical to think they’d be interested in both. With Rice and Mike Williams the current projected starters, you’d think Pete Carroll would use Williams and Golden Tate as swing players and injury insurance, with the heady Doug Baldwin the kind of slot receiver Manning could use as his new Brandon Stokley.”

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Morning links: Cap casualties

Marcus Trufant

Brian McIntyre writing for Football Outsiders takes a closer look at the Seattle Seahawks salary cap situation in his review of the NFC West.

McIntyre estimates that Seattle will have between $30 to $35 million in cap space once free agency begins on March 13th . He predicts that Marshawn Lynch could be franchise with the tag for running backs estimated to be around $7.7 million, while defensive end Red Bryant likely will not be franchised, with the estimated tag for defensive ends around $10.4 million.

McIntyre also writes that cornerback Marcus Trufant and receiver Mike Williams could be potential salary cap casualties. Releasing trufant would free up $4.467 in cap space, but more important would save Seattle $7.3 million in cash that could be spent on other free agents. And while McIntyre says it’s unlikely, releasing Williams would clear $3.425 million off the team’s salary cap.

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Leroy Hill arrested again for marijuana possession

Leroy Hill

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill once again is ensnared in legal trouble.

According to a report provided by the Atlanta Police department, Hill was arrested for marijuana possession early Saturday morning after police dogs confirmed the smell of an illegal substance emanating from his apartment while performing random floor checks.

According to the incident report, officers received a complaint of a strong odor of marijuana coming from the 17th floor of an apartment unit at 10 Terminus Place Condominiums around 1 a.m.

Per the report, officers investigated, confirmed the odor and obtained a search warrant. Upon entry, officers found partially-smoked suspected marijuana “blunts” in plain view, as well as marijuana residue.

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Morning links: More to Moore than meets the eye

Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

In my story today, off the field, Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore would never be part of Dick Vitale’s fabled All-Airport team.
He’s like the team manager getting off the bus, not a starting quarterback.

What Moore is attempting to do during the draft process is show teams that what they’ve from him on film is not a fluke, despite some of the lesser competition he’s played against during his career with the Broncos.

And despite some of his shortcoming like arm strength, size and athleticism, teams know they will get a smart player who will compete and be prepared if they are willing to take a chance on Moore.

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Morning links: Looking for edge rushers

Rob Rang of takes a closer look at the diversity of edge rushers in this year’s draft.

With players like North Carolina’s Quinton Coples, South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram and Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw, teams will have to figure out what type of player in terms of size, athleticism and speed best fits their needs defensively.

Rang: It’s not always physical dimensions teams are worried about when scouring for the NFL’s next great pass rusher, but whether a prospect measures up when it comes to production.

“I think everybody has the same characteristics for pass rushers,” said Giants GM Jerry Reese. “You want guys who are big and long and fast and powerful. You want everything as a personnel guy but if a guy is big and has got long arms, that helps. If he has speed off the end, that helps. Power to rush up the middle. Your pass rushers are different breeds. Good athletes. We like pass rushers and we look for them.”

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ASU’s Osweiler: I’m not Dan McGwire

Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler, left, carries the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler was one of the last quarterbacks to make his way to the media center this week.

He was worth the wait.

The Montana native was comfortable and polished answering questions in front of reporters this afternoon.

He measured an inch shorter than his listed 6-8 height, coming in a shade under 6-7 and 240 pounds.

The Seahawks are one of five teams Osweiler met with on Friday. Others include Kansas City, Buffalo, Philadelphia and Washington.

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Slimmed-down Polk ready to run fast

Washington’s running back Chris Polk’s Senior Bowl experience was an eye opener.

He arrived as one of the top running backs in the draft and a possible, late first-round draft selection, but left with most draft analysts believing he could be a final-day pick.

Polk measured in at 5-10 and 215 pounds here at the combine, down from his playing weight of 222 pounds during the season.

Polk said he worked out at API in Los Angeles, focused on toning up after weighing in at 224 pounds and hearing rumblings of looking sloppy during the weigh-in at the Senior Bowl in January.

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