Though Cameron Jordan‘s five-year, $55MM extension with the Saints compares favorably with Calais Campbell‘s long-term deal with the Cardinals, Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap doesn’t believe that Jordan’s new contract will redefine the market for 3-4 defensive ends as did Campbell’s. While the two deals look especially similar at the back end, Fitzgerald writes that Campbell was handed more guaranteed money up front, and doesn’t have to worry about the type of per-game roster bonuses that are included in Jordan’s deal. Ultimately, 3-4 ends will still use Campbell’s deal as a starting point in negotiations, not Jordan’s, adds Fitzgerald.
Here’s more from the NFC:
- If the Panthers defense continues to produce at its current level, DC Sean McDermott could warrant consideration as a head-coaching candidate in the near future, writes David Newton of ESPN.com. After finishing last in DVOA in 2011 — McDermott’s first year on the job — Carolina has placed in the top 15 in the three years since, including a No. 3 finish in 2013.
- The Cowboys didn’t select a running back in April’s draft, but team executive Stephen Jones believes the club could find a back as the season progresses, naming the Patriots acquisition of LeGarrette Blount last year as an example, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.com. Archer expects Dallas’ pro scouts to scour the trade and waiver market during the preseason in the hopes of adding another runner.
- Tackle Morgan Moses — once thought of as a potential first-round pick — ultimately slid until the third round of last year’s draft before being picked by Washington. And though the club selected Brandon Scherff with the fifth overall pick, John Keim of ESPN.com still sees a role for Moses, adding that the Virginia product could become a solid swing tackle at the very least.