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Morning links: A new approach to dealing Marshall

Mike Klis of the Denver Post suggests that after watching the Seahawks make a deal for securing the services of restricted free agent quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, the Denver Bronocs might be rethinking their strategy on getting rid of restricted free agent receiver Brandon Marshall.

Klis:

The Whitehurst deal is significant because the Broncos now understand how Seattle is approaching restricted free agency. The Seahawks, remember, flew Marshall, a restricted free agent, in by seaplane for a visit March 6.

Two weeks later, the Seahawks still have not submitted an offer sheet to the Broncos' star receiver. Their interest in Marshall remains. But because the Broncos slapped a first-round tender on the receiver, Seattle would have to surrender its No. 6 overall draft pick to get him.

Clearly, the Seahawks consider the No. 6 overall pick too expensive for Marshall, especially if they also have to appease him with a contract far greater than $8 million over two years. Try $50 million over five.

The Seahawks are players in the restricted free-agent market, though. Whitehurst proved that. And Seattle does have another first-round draft choice available, No. 14 overall, which it received from the Broncos in last year's draft.

The Broncos could take that pick for Marshall. Or perhaps the Broncos would take Seattle's No. 60 pick in the second round and one of their two fourth-round picks.

ESPN’s John Clayton talks with new Seahawks quarterback Charlie Whitehurst in this audio link. The interview begins about halfway in.

Sport Illustrated’s Pete King tells ESPN’s Brock and Salk that he’s befuddled by the Seahawks picking up Whithurst, and believes they should have went after Donovan McNabb.

Frank Cooney of NFLDraftScout.com breaks down the best times and marks at each testing event from this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.

It appears that Houston Texans unrestricted free agent offensive guard Chester Pitts will sign with San Francisco of Washington, but Seattle is making a late push.

I’m not sure what type of affect Scot McCloughan stepping down as GM of the 49ers due to personal issues will have on the Seahawks. McCloughan and Seattle GM John Schneider are friends, so perhaps he could be used as a consultant leading up to the draft for the Seahawks. McCloughan also has roots in Green Bay with Ted Thompson and could be used as a consultant for the Packers as well.

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