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April 12, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Saturday links: Reviewing free agency in the NFC West, more on Kaepernick investigation

It’s now just past a month since the beginning of the free agency signing period, which makes it a good time which NFC West teams gained and lost the most.

Jayson Jenks, in this story for the Saturday paper, concludes that the Arizona Cardinals were the biggest winners, while the Seahawks were the team that did the least.

But as has been noted often — and as Jenks notes again — the reason for Seattle’s relative inactivity was clear: a desire to save as much salary cap room for some of the big moves to come over the next year, which means giving extensions to the likes of Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson.

The free agency period technically never ends —- players who are free agents at this point can sign with teams at any time now.  So Seattle may still add a player or two down the road, or also maybe re-sign Sidney Rice.

But Seattle’s off-season plan of attack became pretty clear early in free agency.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— Here’s the Miami Herald Saturday story on the Colin Kaepernick investigation, a story that also involves Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette.

— The Sacramento Bee also has a few new details, notably that one of the players made the call for the woman to be taken to the hospital.

— As Adam Jude reported yesterday, Washington WR Kevin Smith has a visit set up with the Seahawks.

— ESPN up to No. 3 on its list of best Seahawks.

— Missed this yesterday, but there were several reports that the Seahawks have restructured the contract of backup strong safety Jeron Johnson. As is noted, this was an expected part of the process once he got a second-round tender last month.

Brian McIntyre notes that gives Seattle just under $16 million in cap space:

Clayton also reported that Kam Chancellor has indeed had hip surgery.  The team has not confirmed that he has had surgery or the details, though it was expected to be minor in nature to clean up an injury he dealt with throughout last season:

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