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Morning links: The scarcity of shutdown corners

Good morning. Just wanted to drop a note to let you know I’m recharging the batteries in Palm Springs this week, so things might be a little slow on the blog.

Be patient, training camp will be here before you know it.

That said, ESPN’s Ashley Fox takes an interesting look at why elite cornerbacks are so hard to find and develop in today’s NFL.

The Seattle Seahawks are lucky to have two, talented cornerbacks in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. But Pete Carroll, a former secondary coach, has an eye for talent at that position, which means Seattle can draft guys to fit their press coverage scheme later on the draft board.

Fox: “Which is why Seattle's Richard Sherman is feared. He has good hands and an innate ability to knock the ball away before a receiver can catch it. He is big and physical. And in just two seasons since the Seahawks picked him in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, Sherman has become the prototypical corner in today's NFL.”

Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. puts Percy Harvin on his list of the most versatile players in the NFC. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.

According to Forbes, the Seahawks are the No. 27 in world’s top 50 most valuable sports franchises at 1.04 billion.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle reviews Seattle’s stacked cornerback position.

Clare Farnsworth of notes that players are beginning to return from vacation and folks the VMAC are preparing for training camp, which begins next week.

Here’s ESPN football analyst Ron Jaworski providing his analysis on Russell Wilson in the video below.

Yahoo Sports fantasy experts Brandon Funston and Andy Behrens debate who’s the better selection, Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.

Nick Ruebek of the Omaha World-Herald talks with Seahawks receiver Phil Bates about his chances of making the 53-man roster in his second season. (H/T to Georgia Hawk)

Len Pasquarelli writing for the National Football Post has an interesting tidbit on Chris Clemon’s recovery from knee surgery. Pasquarelli: “There are only three players in the league who have registered 11 or more sacks in each of the past three seasons. We’ll give you the first two: Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware. Want to guess the third? Well, if you said Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons, you’re a pretty astute student of the game. We note Clemons because he seems to be recovering fairly well from the ACL injury he suffered in the wild card round against Washington six months ago and, while the Seahawks will take things deliberately with his rehab, there is a chance he could be ready for camp and to start the season. For now, at least, the Seahawks are considering the PUP list as only a remote possibility.”