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Cardinals Trade Deadline Reaction


The NFL Trade Deadline came and went on Tuesday without the Cardinals making a move. Well, without them making a move on Tuesday.

The Cardinals did make one of the biggest moves of the NFL season when they acquired TE Zach Ertz. Ertz has played in two games for Arizona and caught seven passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Since the Ertz trade, the Cardinals have gone 1-1 and watched as their division rival the Los Angeles Rams swooped in and landed future Hall of Famer Von Miller. Miller and Aaron Donald will now form the NFL version of the Mega Powers tag team harrassing opposing QB's like they're a bunch of jobbers.

The Cardinals had a little more than 24 hours to respond to the Rams escalation of their battle for the NFC West and despite rumors of a potential Fletcher Cox deal, the Cardinals chose to stand pat.

Does this mean they ceded control of the division back to the media darling Rams?

Not necessarily. As they proved in their first meeting of the season in Week 4, the Cardinals have a better roster top to bottom than the Rams. It's kind of incredible how the collective NFL world apparently blacked out during the game and chosen to ignore the results.

Now, add Von Miller to the Rams and subtract JJ Watt from the Cardinals and certainly things could be different when they meet again in Week 14 but for now the Cardinals are doubling down on the roster that got them to this point.

In most years, that would seem like a mistake but this year given the lack of available trade options and the depth of talent they've already stockpiled, it feels like another win for Steve Keim and the Cardinals.

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