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Morning links: Hawks No. 1 in ESPN NFL power rankings

So do you care about offseason power rankings if the team you root for is voted No. 1?

That’s the dilemma Seattle Seahawks fans face this week, as ESPN’s panel of NFL experts voted the Seahawks No. 1 in their latest power rankings.

Unlike ESPN, Eliot Harrison of NFL.com is not ready to anoint the Seahawks the best team in the NFL after an impressive first week of free agency, ranking them at No. 4 overall, with San Francisco taking the top spot.

I never take the power rankings for more than what they are – interesting conversation pieces on where some people who cover the league think teams should be ranked. The Super Bowl winner won’t be decided necessarily by what happens in offices or draft rooms in March or April, but what occurs in between the lines in December and January.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated

tells us that Seahawks general manager John Schneider initially scoffed at the idea of trading for Percy Harvin. But when he dug further and realized that Harvin’s price tag wasn’t as high as previously thought, Schneider became interested.

King: “It's a risky business, being a GM, and Schneider thought back to his days working under Ron Wolf in Green Bay. Wolf's first act as GM of the Packers in 1992 was to trade a first-round pick to Atlanta for an overweight quarterback who drank too much as a rookie, Brett Favre. "Ron had courage to take a chance when he felt it was right. Brett, Keith Jackson, Reggie White. He trusted his judgment, and he never got too dug in,'' said Schneider.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times wonders if the market is drying up for Matt Flynn, with former Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck signing a two-year, $8 million deal with the Colts.

KJR’s Ian Furness talks with receiver Doug Baldwin about the arrival of Percy Harvin and the speculation about his departure in this audio link.

Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril appears on the NFL Network in this video link.

Mike Mayock of NFL.com says that Florida State quarterback E.J. Manual has more upside than Christian Ponder.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports talks with Jaguars GM David Caldwell, who says he’s looking to add a quarterback or two to the teams this offseason. Currently, Jacksonville has Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne at quarterback.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano talks with Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin, who says that the read option is the flavor of the day. “We look forward to stopping it,” Tomlin said. “We look forward to eliminating it.”

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