Zach Ertz absent from Eagles minicamp as divorce grows more likely

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles are going to break up one way or another this summer.

After eight years together, it seems like tight end Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles are heading towards a divorce.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Ertz was one of the veterans who did not show up to Phase 2 of the Eagles’ voluntary minicamp on Monday. Ertz is not expected to report to any of the Eagles’ offseason activities or “until his situation is resolved,” meaning he is either traded to another NFL team or is released outright. Ertz has no interest in playing another down for Philly.

Is Ertz more likely to be traded or released this offseason by the Eagles?

Philadelphia Eagles: Zach Ertz’s continued absence means divorce is coming

Because Ertz is coming off easily the worst season of his eight-year career out of Stanford, the Eagles are not likely getting much of a return offer in exchange for the 30-year-old tight end. Ertz may be a three-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion, but that is not going to help the Eagles get anything more than a late day-three pick for him in a trade offer. He should be released.

Frankly, Ertz would probably prefer to be released, as that would allow him and his representation to negotiate with any club of their choosing for his services. Ertz had been a Pro Bowler the three years prior to his disastrous 2020 campaign. He is only two years removed from a 1,000-yard season. With the Eagles rebuilding, it is apparent Ertz wants no part of that in Philadelphia.

Even though the divorce will inevitably happen, let’s hope it does not end all that acrimoniously.

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