Zach Ertz might leave the Philadelphia Eagles after 2020.
The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers jumped at the opportunity to give star tight ends Travis Kelce and George Kittle new long-term contracts.
The Philadelphia Eagles, already projected to be $90 million over the cap in 2021, are seemingly unwilling to do the same for Zach Ertz. Having seen Philly suddenly get very miserly when he asked for a new deal, Ertz might be thinking about playing elsewhere in 2021.
Ertz claimed he wants to play for the Eagles for the rest of his career, but he did admit that he is unsure if the Eagles are willing to satisfy that desire after extension talks broke down once again.
Zach Ertz is still one of the league’s most productive tight ends
While Kittle and Kelce are still battling it out for the title of league’s best tight end, Ertz is a worthy recipient of the bronze medal in this debate.
Ertz has recorded at least 816 yards receiving in each of the last five seasons, and he’s been named a Pro Bowler in each of the last three years. His 116 receptions in 2018 are still the record for a tight end in a single season. No one can question the fact he’s earned a new deal on the field.
If there is anyone on Philadelphia who stand to benefit from these tense negotiations, it’s Dallas Goedert, who figures to once again take on a featured role in the passing game. If Ertz ends up leaving, Goedert could himself emerge as one of the most productive tight ends in the game.
The Eagles might need to do some penny-pinching in the offseason due to their ghoulish cap future, but letting Ertz go in the name of financial flexibility could make it hard for them to contend in the up-and-coming NFC East.