The human element emerged again this week to remind us that it remains the NFL’s ultimate X-factor.

Doug Baldwin and Kam Chancellor were likely nudged into early retirement, which is a nice way of saying that for the violent game of football, their bodies are broken beyond repair. Sure, it was expected. But the official act was significant enough. Gone are two more key cogs from that Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl era that was too short.

As the 12s mourned, Telvin Smith announced on Instagram that he is hanging up the spikes – at least for the coming season – to deal with personal issues. The Jaguars linebacker was a bit vague, but he dropped some serious clues in explaining that he needed to get

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