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Morning links: A case for ‘Tez in Hall of Fame

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com argues the case for former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy in pro football’s Hall of Fame.

Kennedy is one of 15 finalists and up for consideration for the third time, but once again he will have tough sledding, with shoe-ins Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders also in the running, and usually only five candidates picked for induction into the Hall.

But there’s little doubt that Kennedy belongs in the Hall as one of the best defensive tackles ever to play the game. Hall of Fame voters will make their choices on Saturday in Dallas a day before the Super Bowl.

Farnsworth:

“Nothing has changed from when I made Kennedy’s presentation in 2009. He still deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. The question remains: Is this the year it will happen?

"The point I focused on in my ’09 presentation was the fact that too few people saw just how good – no, dominating – Kennedy was because, well, he played his entire career in Seattle and also did it for some pretty bad teams. In his 11-year career, Kennedy appeared in only one playoff game, and that came in 1999 – his next-to-last season.

"I am totally biased when it comes to Kennedy’s rightful place in the history of the franchise and the game: Tez belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Just as he deserved to been inducted into the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor and should have his number retired – after he enters the Hall of Fame."

Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com details some potential needs that the Seahawks could fill from players who had a good week at the Senior Bowl.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes about the media circus that will take place during the Super Bowl media day today.

NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith and league commissioner Roger Goodell finally get down to formal negotiations with the goal of hammering out a deal before the CBA expires on March 3.

Former USC defensive tackle Everson Griffen, now with Minnesota, was arrested on Monday for allegedly assaulting a police officer, and was reportedly tased after trying to run away from the police near the USC campus. Griffen posted $50,000 bail this morning and is out of jail.

According to Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times, the push for the NFL return to Los Angeles took another step, with AEG, backers of a plan to build a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles are set to announce today that they have reached a naming-rights deal worth $700 million with Farmers Insurance, which would be the most valuable such agreement ever and a significant step toward bringing an NFL team to Los Angeles.

I’ve been told by reporters in Los Angeles that the goal is to have two NFL teams in the Los Angeles market.

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch offers up this interesting one-on-one with Mike Mayock of the NFL Network about his draft preparation. It’s definitely worth a read.

Cincinnati quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese, who coached Washington quarterback Jake Locker during the Senior Bowl, talks about him with KJR’s Mitch Levy in this audio link.

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