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February 17, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Monday links: Franchise tag period begins today

There’s never really a lull in the NFL these days, even if the last week or so may have felt a little like it.

Action will pick up this week, though, as today marks the beginning of a two-week period in which teams may use the Franchise Tag, followed by the NFL Combine, which starts on Thursday.

There hasn’t been any real speculation that Seattle will use its Franchise Tag (you can read a good explanation of the Franchise Tag here), something it has done just once since Pete Carroll and John Schneider took over in 2010. They have used it only during that first season with PK Olindo Mare.

NFL.com surmised that the Seahawks could put it on Michael Bennett as a way to keep him around for another season. ESPN, though, explains why it thinks it doesn’t make sense for Seattle to put the tag on Bennett or anyone else — essentially, that he’d get a huge raise from the $5 million he got in 2013 to $12.6 million in 2014, which the team might consider too steep with everything else it has to get done, as well (and maybe thinking it can get Bennett for less in a longer-term deal).

As noted, this is a two-week period, so no news on this anytime soon doesn’t mean no news is coming.

Also, here are a few more links. …

— A few days late with this, but here’s Part Two of Earl Thomas’ Super Bowl diary;

Jason LaConfora analyzes which players may be salary cap casualties and says to expect the Seahawks to cut Sidney Rice, Zach Miller and Chris Clemons;

— NFL.com on Marshawn Lynch going “Beast Mode” while helping out at a football camp during a trip to Brazil;

— Thomas makes NFL.com’s list of the top five Combine standouts of the past five years;

Johnny Manziel grateful that Russell Wilson proved short quarterbacks can make it in the NFL;

Mike Tanier with a good preview of the Combine;

— The Seahawks hugely spoiled one analysts’ prediction of the Super Bowl;

— This blog post includes some comparisons of the draft picks of the Eagles and Seahawks;

— Finally, SI.com with a look at offensive storylines to watch at the Combine, and defense.

 

 

 

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