On Thursday night, Zach Ertz caught a touchdown — the 38th of his long career in an Eagles uniform — against the Buccaneers. On Friday morning, he was no longer a Philadelphia Eagle.
According to multiple reports, including that of ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Eagles have traded away their longtime star tight end to the Arizona Cardinals in return for cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 5th-round pick. The Cardinals have not discussed a new contract with Ertz, though that development may come should he mesh well with Kyler Murray and company.
Arizona later confirmed the deal, as did Philadelphia, who thanked Ertz for his years of service.
The Cardinals just lost tight end Maxx Williams for the season, so the timing and fit of this move makes sense. The Eagles, on the other hand, did not have Dallas Goedert in Week 6 due to him landing on the COVID list. However, he figures to be an instrumental part of the offense going forward, and his long-term situation should be a large topic of discussion in weeks to come.
Ertz finishes his career in Philly — for now — with three Pro Bowl nods and a Super Bowl ring. He ranks second all-time in receptions and fifth all-time in receiving yards for the franchise.