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Morning links: Wilson ready to take next step

In my story today, I talked with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson about his plans to improve this offseason after a record-setting performance in his rookie year.

Wilson is spearheading a minicamp for Seattle’s offensive skill position players in Los Angeles before the team’s offseason program begins April 15. And he’s already watched every game from 2012 at least five times in order to self evaluate his performance last season.

“It’s basically getting into the groove of things and getting that swagger back,” Wilson said. “I think that’s going to be really important. Just having the reps, and letting those guys know what I can do well, and bringing that to the table. And also having that bonding experience when you’re together with the guys, it’s going to be pretty great for us.

“That’s part of having a championship-caliber offseason — getting your mind ready to play. It’s about when we get back, we’re sharp. And we’re ready to play. Our mind is ready to get going. That’s how we can separate ourselves.”

Mike Freeman of CBS Sports talks with new Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril about the stressful time that is free agency. Avril: “The main thing now is I love where I am. This is a winning organization. I think I do things that can help the defense. When I signed here, I heard from almost all of the Seahawks DBs. They were happy to have another pass rusher. I feel like this team is already great and I want to help make it even better.”

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Jacksonville is the most likely destination in a trade for Matt Flynn, with Buffalo and Oakland also potential suitors. According to the report, a trade could happen before the draft. La Canfora says the Seahawks would be looking at no more than or fourth or fifth round pick for Flynn. This makes some sense. The Seahwks could have some motivation to get a trade for Flynn taken care of before the offseason program begins on April 15.

Gregg Rosenthal of reports that Vince Young looked impressive performing in front of scouts at the University of Texas pro day. Young is back at his former school finishing up his degree, and reportedly has received preliminary interest from a few teams looking for a backup.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports ranks Seattle No. 5 in his latest NFL power rankings.

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean talks with former Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who says he’s still a little shocked by the Titans releasing him last week. Hasselbeck, rebounded nicely, signing a two-year, $8 million deal to backup Andrew Luck in Indianapolis.

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Browns have signed Jason Campbell to a two-year deal to push incumbent Brandon Weeden for Cleveland’s starting quarterback job.

Steve Corkran of the Inside Bay Area news group reports that Oakland has signed offensive tackle Alex Barron, who was with Seattle during training camp last year.