Zach Ertz has previously admitted he would likely be moving away from the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason, but for now he remains in the midnight green and white after the conclusion of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Ertz was not traded away this weekend by Howie Roseman, despite the team listening to offers for him heading into the new season. The veteran tight end has been a key part of the Eagles offense since his arrival from Stanford University, but admitted he wanted an increased contract to match the likes of both Travis Kelce and George Kittle.
For now Ertz remains under contract with the Eagles, and will remain so until Roseman’s demands in a trade are met.
“Zach’s a really good player and a really good person, and he’s under contract with the Eagles,” Roseman said on a Zoom call late Saturday night. “At the same time, we have a lot of respect for him and what kind of player he is and what he’s done for our team. But this isn’t a guy in the twilight of his career. He’s a guy still in his prime. A year ago at this time everyone was talking about where he ranked with the top tight ends in the league. So we feel really good about the kind of player he is and we have to do what’s best for our team as well.”
Ertz has one year left on his contract, which he would be set to make $8.5 million, but reiterated after the Eagles regular season ended last winter he wanted a new deal. The Eagles were not set to pay Ertz a new contract and after not agreeing on a trade this past weekend, will now keep Ertz with the team until something is agreed upon.
The 30-year-old, three-time Pro Bowler has been one of the league’s best at his position and would save the Eagles under $5 million if they agree to a trade before the season starts this September. However, Roseman isn’t planning on releasing Ertz for a low offer just to keep the tight end happy.
“We’re always going to try to do what’s best for the Philadelphia Eagles and we balance that with our relationships with players that we care about,” Roseman said. “But our responsibility is to do what’s best for the team and that’s what it’s about.
“So I think when you’re talking about this specific situation, that’s not really the consideration. We think Zach’s a good player, a good person and he’s under contract.”
With Ertz set to leave, Dallas Goedert will be the lead tight end for the Eagles going forward with Caleb Wilson and Jason Croom as back-up options.