It has been a messy transition from the regular season into the offseason for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Carson Wentz drama has been the primary headline surrounding this team. Throughout his time in Philly, Wentz could rely on his tight end Zach Ertz, both on and off the field.
Ertz and Wentz were one of the better quarterback/tight end duos in the NFL a couple of years ago. Despite the initial success, the tandem hasn’t had the same potency recently. Wentz’s days with the Eagles is numbered, but the team’s recent moves could be the final signal that his time in Philly is truly over.
Zach Ertz’s time with the Eagles could be coming to an end
For the past eight seasons, Zach Ertz has been the constant at tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles. When healthy, there is no question that Ertz is one of the top tight ends in the game. His route running ability and reliable hands made him one of Wentz’s favorite targets. In 2020, Ertz didn’t have his usual standout season.
He was limited to 11 games, battling various injuries that had him on injured reserve for some time. When he was on the field, he wasn’t very effective. He posted career lows across the board, only having 36 receptions for 335 receiving yards and one touchdown. For at one time being a focal point in the offense, Ertz received much less attention in 2020.
The Eagles made headlines for their Week 17 game against the Washington Football Team. Much of the attention went toward Doug Pederson benching Jalen Hurts, but another aspect of that game received worthy attention. After the game, Wentz, Ertz, and JasonKelce spent time talking with each other on the field. They were on the field for quite some time, seemingly enjoying what might have been their last time together as teammates.
There was even more foreshadowing that Ertz’s career in Philadelphia might be over. During his final press conference of the season, Ertz was visibly emotional. He talked about how much the city meant to him and his family, essentially having a goodbye speech with reporters. It was already understood that Wentz could be on the move, but his future with Philly could be officially over now that his favorite target is being mentioned in trade discussions.
The Philadelphia Eagles are shopping around Zach Ertz
If the lengthy postgame talk with Wentz and Kelce wasn’t a sign that Ertz could be moving on from the Philadelphia Eagles, the team’s actions indeed send that message. According to Jeremy Fowler, Philly is exploring potential trade options for the Pro-Bowl tight end. Ertz is bracing for a change of scenery, whether it comes by the team releasing or trading him.
Ertz is 30-years old, which is still young for a tight end. When healthy, he has proven that he can dominate opponents with his route running expertise. The Eagles are projected to be over the salary cap, which makes it understandable why they are looking to move their star pass catcher. Ertz has one year left on his contract worth $8.5 million.
The Eagles have been shopping around Ertz for a while now. According to Sports Illustrated, the team had offers for their tight end at around last season’s trade deadline. The Baltimore Ravens and the Green Bay Packers made offers for Ertz’s services but couldn’t get the deal done because he went on IR.
The Eagles looking to trade Zach Ertz brings an era of Eagle football to an end. Many of the 2017 Super Bowl players won’t be on the roster anymore after this offseason. With Philly looking to trade two of their stars from that era, what teams are interested in Ertz? Could the Eagles kill two birds with one stone by trading Wentz and Ertz together?
How should the Eagles handle Zach Ertz?
Because of his talent, experience, and being relatively young, Zach Ertz will be an attractive option for multiple teams who need a tight end. It is unknown what the asking price for Ertz is, which will be a huge factor in the Philadelphia Eagles’ chances of trading him. They have overvalued Carson Wentz, resulting in them somewhat sabotaging their efforts to get rid of him.
As of now, two teams have shown interest in Ertz. The Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks have both talked with the Eagles about a potential trade. Both are very good landing spots for Ertz, but for different reasons. In Seattle, Ertz will have an upper-echelon quarterback in Russell Wilson and a talented receiving corps. He will be a perfect security blanket for Wilson, who likes to extend plays and take shots downfield.
Going to Indy reunites Ertz with Frank Reich, who was the Eagles offensive coordinator. The quarterback situation is a question mark, but Wentz could be with the Colts if they trade for him. Indianapolis has inquired about Wentz, which brings up an interesting question. Could the Eagles package Ertz and Wentz in the same deal? That might be the only way they can come close to getting a worthy deal for the two players.
If Zach Ertz is gone, Carson Wentz’s time in the city of brotherly love could indeed be over. If the Eagles can find the right trade partner, Wentz and Ertz could still be teammates on a different team. With the Philadelphia Eagles looking to move two household names, a championship era is officially coming to a close.