"I think they have the capability."
-Joe Montana, when asked if the Seahawks could become a dynasty
The Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl in February, demolishing the Denver Broncos 43-8. NFL legend and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana would not be surprised if it is the first of many for this group, per the Seattle Times.
Montana would certainly know what a budding dynasty looks like. After being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 1979 NFL Draft, Montana seized the starting job from Steve DeBerg in 1980 before winning his, and the franchise's, first Super Bowl in 1981. Montana would lead the 49ers to three more Super Bowl titles in the 1980s ('84, '88, '89).
Seattle had a ton of cap space going into this offseason, helping the team give extensions to corner Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas. The Seahawks still have room to lock up quarterback Russell Wilson when his rookie deal expires at the end of the 2015-16 campaign as well.
"I want to play. That's what anybody wants to do."
The Cleveland Browns stopped the free fall, drafting Johnny Football with the 22nd overall pick, their second selection of the first round. The franchise has been vocal about making him earn any playing time, something Manziel expects to make happen by Week 1, per NFL.com.
Coming into training camp, Manziel is the backup behind veteran signal-caller Brian Hoyer. Should he win the job out of camp, Manziel's first assignment will be the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"... it’s non-stop. They want to be winners."
Only a few years back but what seems like a lifetime ago, Darrelle Revis was the best cornerback in football by a wide margin. Now, Revis is suiting up with his third team in as many years, and he is out to prove he's still the standard at his position, according to the Tampa Tribune.
After spending one season with the Buccaneers while he was rebounding from ACL surgery, Revis signed a one-year deal with an option for a second year with the New England Patriots. Revis is still chasing his first Super Bowl appearance after falling in the AFC Championship Game twice with the New York Jets in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
"I've seen incredible progress."
The Chicago Bears opened up the vault this offseason, signing quarterback Jay Cutler to a massive seven-year extension worth $126 million. Cavanaugh seems satisfied with the investment, stating Cutler has become everything the team has asked for and then some, according to CSN Chicago.
Cutler has spent the last five years in Chicago after three with the Denver Broncos. Since joining the team he grew up rooting for, Cutler has led the Bears to only one playoff appearance, falling in the 2010 NFC Championship Game to the Green Bay Packers.
"I think we really had our vacation. I think that part’s over."
-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on the end of the offseason
The last time Tom Brady and the Patriots won the Super Bowl, texting was a form of communication most people didn't understand. Now, 10 years later, Brady is hoping his team shows up ready to work for training camp come the end of July, per the Providence Journal.
After falling to the Denver Broncos in the AFC title game last season, New England was aggressive in free agency, adding former All-Pro corner Darrelle Revis along with Brandon Browner and wide receiver Brandon LaFell.
"...I just didn't feel like I had it anymore."
After finishing up his eighth season -- all with the Jacksonville Jaguars -- Maurice Jones-Drew thought about hanging up his cleats. Instead, Jones-Drew signed with the Oakland Raiders for three years and $7.5 million, with $1.2 million guaranteed in 2014, and is confident in his abilities, per the Los Angeles Times.
The last great season for Jones-Drew was in 2011, when he amassed 1,606 rushing yards and 374 receiving yards to accompany 11 touchdowns. Since then, Jones-Drew has only played in 21 games over the last two years, mostly due to foot injuries.