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Morning links: Predatory lenders targeting players?

Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports' has an interesting piece here, reporting that players from at least 16 teams have sought out aggressive short-term loans with high interest rates due to the current lockout situation. According to the report, the interest rates for the loans range from 18 percent to 24 percent, and upon default, can rise as high as 36 percent.

The NFL Players Association has set up a lockout funds available to help players financially during the work stoppage, with as much as $60,000 available for some players. However, some could be looking for more money to help offset costs during the offseason, particularly if they were counting on workout bonuses or are free agents waiting for the lockout to be settled before they can sign a new deal.

Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks and Sounders have commissioned a study to see if a grass surface would be viable at Qwest Field in the future. Soccer enthusiasts would rather play on the natural surface than Field Turf, and the artificial surface is apparently wearing down at Qwest Field, leading to a one-star rating certification by FIFA.

WDAY TV in North Dakota catches up with Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in his return to his alma mater, North Dakota State University for an annual coaching clinic.

Here’s the full late of NFL preseason games, with the league releasing preseason schedule on Tuesday.

Jack Becta of the National Football Post believes personnel departments in the NFL, which he refers to as the research and development departments of the league, are underfunded, leading to more draft misses over the years.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post breaks down Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallet’s performance against a Cover 2 defense.

Sport Illustrated media writer Richard Deitsch notes that ESPN will have a leaner look in its draft coverage, with Chris Berman, Jon Gruden and Mel Kiper working the main stage during the first two days of the draft. Deitsch believes that Trey Wingo would be a better person to host the show because of his journalistic approach vs. Berman’s pandering to the league and Roger Goodell.

Here’s a good breakdown of Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith.