Because the NFL patiently awaits an anticipated Carson Wentz commerce, the Philadelphia Eagles are quickly anticipated to half methods with one other franchise icon. Based on ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, three-time Professional Bowl tight finish Zach Ertz is “bracing for a change of surroundings through commerce or launch,” even perhaps as a part of a bundle deal involving Wentz. The 30-year-old Ertz gave a tearful handle to Philly media on the finish of the 2020 season, admitting then that he wasn’t certain of his future with the workforce. It now seems he was, in actual fact, issuing an early farewell.
Ertz has lengthy been a speculated 2021 wage cap casualty, getting into the ultimate 12 months of a five-year, $42.5 million extension signed in 2016. In reality, the Eagles reportedly tried to commerce the previous Tremendous Bowl champion forward of the 2020 in-season deadline, however the tight finish’s high-ankle sprain, which sidelined him for greater than a month, prevented the membership from placing a deal. It is unclear what Ertz’s commerce worth would even be getting into his age-30 marketing campaign, however the Eagles, who’re anticipated to kick off a serious rebuild below a brand new workers, would save at the very least $4.7 million in a cap-strapped 2021 by chopping or dealing him.
Previous to 2020, Ertz unsuccessfully campaigned for a brand new cope with the Eagles, who determine to proceed with No. 2 Dallas Goedert as their main tight finish. A second-round decide of the workforce again in 2013, Ertz has endured a number of severe accidents over the course of his profession, struggling a lacerated kidney in 2019 and lacking a career-high 5 video games in 2020. When wholesome, nonetheless, he is been one of many NFL‘s most efficient at his place. The Stanford product went 5 straight seasons, from 2014-2019, with at the very least 75 catches and 800 receiving yards, posting a career-best 116 receptions for 1,163 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018.