NFL Notes: Cowboys, Giants, Packers, Panthers, Saints



  • Todd Archer expects the Cowboys to begin contract talks with free agents RB DeMarco Murray, ILB Rolando McClain and WR Dez Bryant at some point in January.
  • Archer adds that deals may not get done too quick as they may want to see what the market has to offer.


  • Dan Graziano doesn’t see any reason why the Giants wouldn’t bring back WR Rueben Randle next year.
  • Graziano expects the Giants could target a pass-rusher in the first round and take offensive lineman in the second or third rounds.
  • Graziano believes the Giants plan as of now would be to go into 2015 season with TE Larry Donnell as their starter.
  • According to Graziano , the odds are better that HC Tom Coughlin is back next year and they have no plans to fire OC Ben McAdoo after just one year.


  • Rob Demovsky writes that the Packers may have to reconsider the idea of counting on WR Jarrett Boykin developing into a reliable receiver next year.
  • A long-time NFL personnel man to Demovsky  last month that WR Randall Cobb is “not the kind of player that GM Ted Thompson will let walk away.
  • Demovsky  mentions that while DT Letroy Guion has earned himself a raise with his play this season, there is still a chance that the Packers could bring back DT B.J. Raji.
  • RT Bryan Bulaga (concussion) has been upgraded to probable for Sunday’s game


  • David Newton believes the Panthers will eventually sign QB Cam Newton to a long-term deal, but adds that it’s “far from a certainty.”
  • Newton doesn’t rule out potential coaching changes for the Panthers, depending on how the season ends. One area in particular to watch is special teams.
  • Newton writes that he would offer OT Mike Remmers a new contract right now, but wouldn’t get “too carried away with the money.


  • Mike Triplett points out that OLB Junior Galette‘s sack bonus wouldn’t kick in until the 2016, which is notable given that the Saints will have cap issues next year.
  • Triplett doesn’t see any way the Saints could get DE Cameron Jordan or DT Akiem Hicks to take a discounted rate in extensions due to their play this season.
  • However, Triplett believes there is still a chance that New Orleans could rating Jordan and Nicks.
  • According to Triplett, RB Mark Ingram could be a guy that they Saints are willing to re-sign, even though they do have some depth at the position.
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