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Morning links: Earl Thomas an elite safety?

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network continues his position-by-position analysis this week, ranking Seattle Seahawks’ Earl Thomas as one of the top five safeties in the league.

Kirwan:

“The only person who has coached both Polamalu and Thomas is Pete Carroll, who told me at the end of the season that Thomas is the closest he’s ever seen to Polamalu’s skills. Thomas had five interceptions as a rookie, the same number as Reed and more than both Collins and Polamalu.”

Art Thiel of Sportpresssnw.com writes that Seahawks Stadium’s new name CenturyLink could be a lot worse.

Ivan Maisel of ESPN.com pens an interesting story on how the University of Washington, as an urban school located in an NFL city, continued to thrive even when the Seahawks arrived in 1976.

Seahawks receiver Golden Tate talks with Dave Grosby and Bob Stelton of ESPN 710 Seattle, telling them that he is ready for a bigger role in his second season.

Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network tells KJR’s Mitch Levy that it will be Matt Hasselbeck's decision to return to Seattle once free agency begins, but he may have to take less than he was originally offered in this audio link.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look back at the 1994 team.

NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus believes his client, Seahawks kicker Olindo Mare, will be the top kicker in this year’s free agent class.

Seahawks seventh round draft pick Pep Levingston has signed with Players Rep Sports Management. The same agency represents Raheem Brock.

Brian McIntyre notes that San Francisco free agent defensive end Ray McDonald could end up in Seattle as a plan B option at defensive tackle if the Seahawks cannot bring back Brandon Mebane.

LEN Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange writes that a new CBA will expand the pool of unrestricted free agents to players with four years of service like Mebane.

For news on the NFL labor front, check out Albert Breer of the NFL Network’s latest update, where he reports that owners and players are within striking distance of a deal, and that an “all-revenue” model has helped simplify negotiations.

As usual, Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post offers a nice, blow-by-blow assessment of each issue that must be resolved in order for a new CBA to come to fruition.

Mike Freeman of CBS Sports says most players that he has spoken to are OK with the parameters of a potential deal.

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