NFC Notes: Cowboys, Panthers, Vikings


  • Todd Archer points out that the Cowboys now have close to $20 million of available cap space now that they picked up the $14 million of cap room from designating QB Tony Romo as a post-June 1 cut.
  • Even so, Archer says there aren’t any players currently available in the free agent market worth spending big on and the Cowboys haven’t shown a lot of interest in big-money free agents the past few years.
  • In regards to a potential trade addition, Archer isn’t completely ruling it out, but says that the “odds are slim” of the Cowboys trading for anyone.
  • While Dallas has been linked to Jets DE Sheldon Richardson, Archer mentions they aren’t interested in him.
  • Archer also considers the idea of the Cowboys trading for Seahawks CB Richard Sherman to be a “pie-in-the-sky” move.
  • As for contract talks with G Zack Martin, Archer expects talks to pick up later this summer with the Cowboys targeting a similarly structured deal to the contracts they gave to LT Tyron Smith and C Travis Frederick.
  • Archer does list P Chris Jones, LS L.P. Ladouceuer and DE DeMarcus Lawrence as other potential extension candidates.



Vikings QB Sam Bradford told reporters that he isn’t worried about how Teddy Bridgewater working his way back from a knee injury could impact his status with the team.

You’re always trying to earn your spot,” Bradford said, via the Star Tribune. “I think in this business you have to step on the field every day and prove it regardless of where you’re at or who you are.”

Bradford is currently in the final year of his contract but says he hasn’t thought about his situation beyond this season.

“It really doesn’t change my approach,” Bradford said regarding his contract situation. “I really haven’t even thought about it to be honest with you. So it kind of is what it is and you just approach it one day at a time. My goal is to come each day and get better and that’s how I’m always going to be.

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