NFC Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Seahawks



  • The NFL and NFLPA are discussing a 2021 salary cap floor of $175 million, which is down from the $198.2 million this year. It’s possible that the figure could be pushed higher, depending on the revenue losses incurred by the league from the 2020 season.
  • Jason Fitzgerald of projects the 49ers to have $16,919,190 of cap space next year, assuming the cap is set at $175 million.


  • Kyle Odegard of the team website writes Cardinals seventh-round RB Eno Benjamin should have a pretty clear path to making the team as the No. 3 running back. 
  • However, if Benjamin struggles, Odegard says Arizona is not above adding a veteran back to the roster. 
  • The Cardinals rank third in the NFL in dead money for the past three seasons, according to Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap, with a total of $98.5 million. 
  • Depending on how set Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury is on moving to a four-receiver base offense, the team could be fine with just TEs Maxx Williams and Dan Arnold, per Darren Urban of the team website. 


  • The Athletic’s Michael Shawn-Dugar writes that Seahawks RB Chris Carson is entering a hard situation in a contract year and a loaded class of potential running backs available in 2021 through free agency and the draft. 
  • Shawn-Dugar says the odds are not in favor of Carson receiving his pay-day from Seattle as a result. 
  • ESPN’s Brady Henderson writes if Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar is unable to play in 2020, Seattle will turn back to CB Tre Flowers as their No. 2 outside corner. 
  • While the team traded for Dunbar, Henderson says that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on Flowers. He adds the coaching staff thinks he just needs to clean up his tackling and not panicking when the ball is in the air, otherwise he’s in good position. 
  • Henderson notes there’s not really any other viable candidates at outside corner on the roster aside from Flowers and Dunbar. 
  • Seahawks assistant OL coach Pat Ruel has retired. Ruel has been in his position since 2010 and has coached with HC Pete Carroll since 2005. (Bob Condotta)
  • Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar was allowed to travel to Seattle for training camp by Broward Circuit Judge Tom Coleman after being accused of armed robbery in Miramar, Florida with Giants DB DeAndre Baker. 
  • Dunbar pleaded not guilty to four counts of armed robbery with a firearm in May. 
  • Prosecutor Alex Urruela said no date has been set for a decision as new evidence continues to come in: “This investigation has more turns and twists than a Barry Sanders highlight reel. As evidence keeps coming in, evaluations change.”

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