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Tuesday Round-Up: NFL won't expand playoffs in 2014; Site of Super Bowl LII to be determined today
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, May 20 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
No Playoff Expansion in 2014
The NFL playoffs are expected to be expanded beyond the current 12-team format at some point, but that's not going to happen in 2014 according to NFL Media's Kimberly Jones, who is on site at today's Spring League Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. So whether you're for or against more teams in the playoffs, know that next season will be business as usual for the NFL postseason. NFL owners are slated to revisit the idea in early October.
Site Of Super Bowl LII To Be Determined Today
Also on the agenda for NFL owners at today's Spring League Meeting is voting on the site of Super Bowl LII (that'd be Super Bowl 52 - the one in 2018). The three finalist host cities are New Orleans, Minneapolis, and Indianapolis. Peter King of TheMMQB.com makes a strong case for New Orleans to earn the 2018 bid, when the city will be celebrating its 300th birthday. We'll pass along word of the winning town here on Seahawks.com later this afternoon.
Russell Wilson & Macklemore Visit Seattle Children's Hospital
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Seattle-native hip-hop artist Macklemore paid a visit to Seattle Children's Hospital on Monday. You can check out photos from their visit over at Wilson's Instagram page, and I've embedded a couple for you below.
Seahawks Sign Cassius Marsh, Two Tryout Players
2014 fourth-round draft pick Cassius Marsh - the 6-foot-4, 254-pound defensive end out of UCLA - signed his rookie contract with the club yesterday. Also inking deals with the team were tight end RaShaun Allen and offensive guard Nate Isles, both of whom participated in this past weekend's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. To make room for Allen and Isles, the Seahawks released tight end Travis Beckum and cornerback Jimmy Legree.
Early Projected NFC Standings
Football Outsiders' Aaron Schatz has put together an Insider piece for ESPN.com projecting 2014 records and standings for NFC teams. Schatz has the Seahawks winning the NFC West with a record of 10-6, the San Francisco 49ers finishing second at 9-7, Arizona Cardinals third at 8-8, and St. Louis Rams fourth at 6-10.
On the projected division standings, Schatz writes, "We see the 49ers and Seahawks closer together because the 49ers are probably not going to have to deal with as many injuries as they did a year ago. Arizona will probably see its defense regress a bit, but its offense should be better with free-agent left tackle Jared Veldheer and a healthy Jonathan Cooper. As for St. Louis, as good as the front four will be, you still have to score points to win football games. A big Sam Bradford breakout could finally come in 2014, but it isn't a high probability."
More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth highlights several standouts from the Seahawks' recently-completed rookie minicamp.
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com shares three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after Seahawks rookie minicamp.
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of 710Sports.com discuss why quarterback Keith Price shouldn't be counted out of making the Seahawks roster.
And Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com predicts the starting lineup for the 2014 Seahawks.
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto