Eagles could trade Zach Ertz 'in the coming days'


In his final meeting with the media for the 2020 season, Zach Ertz teared up, seeming to realize that his time with the Philadelphia Eagles was likely over. It appears that his intuition was right.

Michael Silver of NFL Media reports that "multiple teams" have contacted the Eagles to show interest in the veteran tight end, adding that "a deal could happen in the coming days."

Ertz, 30, was a second-round pick out of Stanford in the 2013 NFL Draft. He's spent his entire career with the Eagles to this point, racking up 561 catches for 6,078 yards. The three-time Pro Bowler also caught the touchdown pass from Nick Foles that put the Eagles up for good in Super Bowl LII.

It's unclear how much Ertz has remaining. He missed five games in 2020, and averaged a career-low 30.5 receiving yards per game in the 11 games that he played. That said, as recently as 2019, Ertz had 916 receiving yards.

Given that Ertz is coming off of a down season and has just one season remaining on his contract, the Eagles are unlikely to get an especially notable return for one of the great players in franchise history. That said, Over The Cap estimates that the Eagles are $34.1 million over the salary cap, and trading Ertz would clear more than $7.7 million in cap space.

Meanwhile, another former second-round pick, Dallas Goedert, is entering the final year of his rookie deal with the Eagles. At pick No. 6, the Eagles could also potentially target Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.

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