NFC Notes: Zach Ertz, Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks


Cardinals TE Zach Ertz revealed that he was almost traded to the Bills during the 2021 season. 

“I was getting traded out of Philadelphia,” Ertz said, via Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. “There were a couple of teams extremely interested, Buffalo being one of them. It was almost a done deal, but it just didn’t get over the finish line.”


Like a lot of Rams players, WR Van Jefferson is hoping being healthy will make a huge difference in the outcome of the 2023 season. One benefit already is being able to work with QB Matthew Stafford, as both players missed large swathes of the offseason last year. 

“Oh yeah, I think that makes a huge difference,” Jefferson said, via the team’s website. “I think [it does] for all the guys that are out there throwing with Matt. He’s looking great, he’s always been great, so it’s just great to be out there with him again and see him healthy, and see him slinging it like he does. It’s good to just be out there and get some passes with him.”

  • According to Jeremy Fowler,GM Les Snead’s presence loomed large on the Stetson Bennett selection in the fourth round.
  • Fowler explains that Snead was intrigued by Bennett during the pre-draft process and did a lot of legwork on him.
  • Fowler mentions that some teams rated Bennett as the No. 6 quarterback in this year’s class based on tape.
  • Rams HC Sean McVay reportedly liked what he saw from Bennett too, but had concerns about other areas of need for the team’s roster. Even so, McVay knew they needed a plan at quarterback behind Matthew Stafford.
  • Rams LB Michael Hoecht said he’ll begin the season at outside linebacker. (Jourdan Rodrigue)


  • Multiple teams believe the Seahawks have the best-receiving trio in the NFL with Jaxon Smith-Njigba, D.K. Metcalf, and Tyler Lockett, according to Jeremy Fowler.
  • Fowler mentions that Seattle did not expect Smith-Njigba to be there at No. 20 overall.
  • Fowler says he never got the sense that the Seahawks were set to make a big move for a quarterback in the draft. Although, Anthony Richardson would have been tempting.
  • The Seahawks reportedly view EDGE Derick Hall as an immediate starter type because of his combination of effort, physicality, and speed.

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