NFC Notes: Cardinals, 49ers, Rams, Seahawks


  • ESPN’s Bill Barnwell outlines a potential trade between the Cardinals and the Eagles, with Arizona sending LB Haason Reddick and a 2022 third-round pick for TE Zach Ertz and a 2022 sixth-round pick that can become a fifth. 
  • Ertz and the Eagles seem destined for a messy breakup and Arizona could use a reliable tight end for QB Kyler Murray. Meanwhile, Philadelphia gets a third-round pick and an athletic linebacker instead of getting nothing if they cut him this offseason. 
  • Cardinals DT Jordan Phillips apparently won’t have to miss Monday night’s game because of a conflict with the testing protocols due to his father’s funeral. (Twitter)


49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said third-year WR Dante Pettis is running out of time to prove himself as a potential starter. 

“Well, yeah, obviously we envisioned him — (hoped) he could be a starter out there and hoped he could be a returner for us,” Shanahan said, via Eric Branch of the SF Chronicle. “He got some opportunities this year to be a returner for us, but I don’t think, on the (returns) he’s gotten, have been some great looks.”

Shanahan said everyone has an opportunity to move up the depth chart and Pettis will continue working hard to do so. 

Everyone has a chance,” Shanahan said. “I don’t make any absolutes on anybody. Everyone is trying to prove themselves each week in practice. I think Dante has taken a number of steps forward this year. I think he’s working hard in practice. I know that he was disappointed not to be (active) last week, but he came out and he still works hard. And I expect him to work hard today and try to get back up.”

Regarding the possibility of the 49ers pursuing free-agent RB Le’Veon Bell, 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said he is comfortable with Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman and Jeff Wilson

I’m good with all our guys. If Raheem wasn’t back, don’t think that would change much,” said Shanahan, via Cam Inman of the Mercury News. “Raheem played great and was the best player on the field on Sunday.”


  • ESPN’s Bill Barnwell outlines a potential trade between the Rams and Giants. Los Angeles would package a sixth-round pick with rookie K Sam Sloman to New York for veteran K Graham Gano
  • The Rams would get a reliable kicker as they try to make a playoff run while the Giants would get another draft pick for their rebuild. 
  • Per ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry, Rams HC Sean McVay said he made the change to hire two new, young assistants in DC Brandon Staley and OC Kevin O’Connell to allow himself to spend more time floating around different areas of the team: “What I wanted to try to do is just be more present with our team. Be around defense, special teams and the offense a little bit more. Be around the staff members a little bit more.”
  • McVay said hiring Staley and O’Connell has allowed him to do more delegating as the head coach: “Adding those guys has been huge in terms of being able to just kind of step back. That’s definitely something that I’m trying to do.”


  • ESPN’s Bill Barnwell outlines a potential trade between the Falcons and Seahawks, with Atlanta dealing C Alex Mack and DE Takkarist McKinley to Seattle for C B.J. Finney and a 2021 sixth-round pick. 
  • Barnwell notes neither Mack nor McKinley figure to be in Atlanta’s long-term plans and would fill needs for the contending Seahawks. 
  • He adds Seattle could flip TE Jacob Hollister to the Ravens, who have a need at tight end, for a 2021 seventh-round pick. It would clear cap for the Seahawks. 
  • While Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times could see the Seahawks inquiring about possible trades at the Week 8 deadline, he points out that Seattle does not have much trade capital after dealing their 2021 and 2022 first-round picks and a 2021 third-round pick for S Jamal Adams. 
  • Additionally, Condotta points out that the Seahawks have just $3.8 million in available cap space. 
  • Condotta could see the Seahawks cutting TE Luke Willson once TE Colby Parkinson is activated off the non-football injury list and re-signing Willson to the practice squad. 
  • As for Seahawks WR Phillip Dorsett coming off injured reserve, Condotta mentions WR Penny Hart as a player to swap out. 

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