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Morning links: Allen ranks No. 53 on Forbes billionaire list

With an estimated net worth of $15 billion, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen ranks No.53 on Forbes list of the world’s 1,426 billionaires. Bill Gates ($67 billion) is No. 2 on the list, and Steve Ballmer ($15.2 billion) is No. 51.

Forbes: “Allen is that rare billionaire who combines passions for sports and science. He owns the Seattle Seahawks (pro football), the Portland Trailblazers (pro basketball) and is a part-owner in the Seattle Sounders FC (pro soccer). The cancer survivor also has a keen interest in neuroscience, having recently lost his mother to Alzheimer's disease. To date he has committed $500 million to the Allen Institute for Brain Science, which makes public a detailed "atlas" of genes that control the human brain. He loaned his 414-foot yacht, Octopus and its personal deep-sea remote-operated vehicle in an unsuccessful effort to recover the bell from the British warship HMS Hood, sunk in 1941 by the Nazis.”

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports takes a closer look at six shaky quarterback situations in the league, and what the alternatives might be for each team. Silver’s list includes Jacksonville, Oakland, Cleveland, Arizona, Buffalo and the New York Jets. Silver lists Jacksonville trading for Matt Flynn to create competition for Blaine Gabbert as a possibility.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times re-evaluates how the Alex Smith deal to Kansas City affects the trade market for Matt Flynn.

Clare Farnsworth of reports that Pete Carroll was named NFC coach of the year by Kansas City civic organization NFL 101. The award is voted on by 101 NFL media members across the league.

Nick Eaton of talks wit replacement official Lance Easley, who returns to CenturyLink Field for the first time since his infamous call on Golden Tate’s game-winning catch against Green Bay.

ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a closer look at free agent defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, who visited Seattle on Monday, and is scheduled to visit San Francisco and Oakland.

Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson was on ESPN’s First Take this morning, and will be NFL live this afternoon at 1 p.m. Pacific Time.

Robert Kaupang of Rant Sports (our own BobbyK) takes a closer look at Seattle’s options at the guard position.

Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus takes a closer look at Seattle’s overvalued and undervalued players from the 2012 season.

Natan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus ranks Seattle No. 3 in the league performance-based value for the contracts currently on the roster.

ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. offers a meaty profile on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, focusing on how he handled the Bounty gate situation.