A few thoughts as Cards cut ties with Heap

Todd Heap's release from the Arizona Cardinals, announced by the team Tuesday, ends what appeared to be a strained relationship.

Might another NFC West team have interest? Zach Miller is entrenched as the Seattle Seahawks' starter, but the Seahawks hoped to pair him with John Carlson until Carlson signed with Minnesota in free agency. Anthony McCoy has been playing more extensively as the second tight end. His 11-yard reception Sunday helped sustain a 12-play, 97-yard drive to the go-ahead touchdown during the final minutes of regulation at Chicago.

Heap is 32 years old. He hasn't played since suffering a knee injury in Week 2. The Seahawks generally prefer younger players. But with Arizona on the schedule in Week 14, the thought did occur that Heap could provide at least some value on a short-term basis.