NFC Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Seahawks



After flashing in a few games toward the end of his rookie season, 49ers WR Dante Pettis was viewed as a promising, ascendant player. But the two seasons since then have been nothing but disappointment for the former second-round pick and GM John Lynch said both sides thought it was time for a fresh start. 

“I think about 10 days ago I reached out to Dante,” Lynch said via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I said. ‘Hey, Dante, I’m going to reach out to your agent and we’re going to try to find you a place. For whatever reason, there’s always reasons, it hasn’t worked here. And I believe you have a skill set that can thrive in this league. But I think you need a new fresh start. And I think that would be the best thing for you.’”

  • Lynch said there was some interest in Pettis but a deal didn’t end up happening, which is why he was waived: “We had discussions with numerous teams. Nothing ever materialized. A lot of interest, but nothing materialized.”
  • Matt Barrows reports that 49ers CB K’Waun Williams is dealing with a high ankle sprain. Jamar Taylor filled in for Williams during Thursday’s game. 
  • According to Ian Rapoport, 49ers S Jaquiski Tartt is believed to have suffered turf toe based on the initial diagnosis. He will undergo more tests Friday to confirm.
  • Mike Garafolo reports that 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne’s latest COVID-19 test results came back negative, which is two straight days of negative tests following his positive on Wednesday. He’s eligible to return along with WR Brandon Aiyuk, LT Trent Williams and WR Deebo Samuel
  • 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan announced that QB Jimmy Garoppolo will be re-evaluated after 4-6 weeks and potentially be able to return. Garoppolo’s ankle injury won’t require surgery. (Nick Wagoner)
  • Shanahan made it clear that Nick Mullens will remain the team’s starting quarterback: “It’s firmly Nick. As I’ve always said, I feel good with Nick and CJ. I’m not going to bounce them back and forth. Nick wasn’t the reason that happened last night and why he’ll get the first opportunity against New Orleans.” (Cam Inman)
  • Shanahan mentioned that RB Raheem Mostert (ankle) and WR Deebo Samuel (hamstring) could “have a chance” to play at New Orleans on Nov. 15. (Eric Branch)


Cardinals GM Steve Keim admitted that the uncertainty with the 2021 salary cap is going to play a “huge rule” in terms of their roster decisions next year. 

It goes back to that we have a number of players who have contracts that are expiring after the season,” Keim said, via “The 2021 salary cap is going to play a huge role in that. We just have to make sure we make good decisions moving forward. That’s part of my job, how we are going to allocate our money.

“That’s what is scary about next year’s cap. It’s almost like, in my opinion, if it drops significantly like we think it could because of revenue, that you’re going to see really, two sets of players: You’re going to see stars, and guys on rookie contracts. Those guys who are on good veteran salaries, I’m a little concerned about where that may go.”


Seahawks’ WR D.K. Metcalf says it was meant to be that he fell to Seattle in the second round of the draft.

“It was a blessing in disguise,” Metcalf said, via Pro Football Talk. “I wasn’t supposed to go in the first round for a reason. Probably because I wasn’t gonna work as hard if I got drafted in the first round or early in the second round. But it allowed me to come in here with a chip on my shoulder and just to realize what it felt like to be an underdog in the NFL. I probably would have taken this opportunity for granted. God put me in this position. He made me wait until the 64th pick.”

  • Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said during a radio appearance on Friday that it’s going to be hard for CB Shaquill Griffin (hamstring/concussion) to play in Week 9.
  • Seattle plans to see how RB Chris Carson (foot) feels after he gets some work in on Friday.
  • However, it sounds like S Jamal Adam’s (groin) remains on track to return this weekend. (Brady Henderson)
  • Carroll said DT Damon Harrison‘s status: “He’s ready to go. We’ve just got to get a spot for him. Our guys have been doing a nice job and we haven’t felt like sitting anybody down yet for him to get up. … As soon as the opportunity pops he’s ready to jump in.” (Curtis Crabtree)
  • Carroll mentioned that they’re open to re-signing TE Luke Willson: “I would love to see Luke back. I love him on our team.” (Curtis Crabtree)
  • OUT for Week 9: S Ugochukwu Amadi (hamstring), RB Chris Carson (foot), CB Shaquill Griffin (concussion, hamstring), RB Carlos Hyde (hamstring), G Mike Iupati (back), DE Benson Mayowa (ankle)

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