In case you missed it, the Philadelphia Eagles traded away future Hall of Fame tight end Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals this past Friday in exchange for cornerback Tay Gowan and a fifth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Ertz spent eight and a half years in Philadelphia building a Hall of Fame career and helping the Eagles win their first Super Bowl in franchise history in 2018. His crucial touchdown catch in the fourth quarter helped seal the victory over the New England Patriots. The following season was Ertz’s best statistically where he hauled in an NFL record for tight ends 116 catches, 1163 yards, and eight touchdowns.
Most recently, Ertz has been playing second fiddle to Dallas Goedert, a tight end who the Eagles drafted in 2018. First-year Philadelphia head coach, Nick Sirianni, doesn’t play much of two-tight-end personnel like former head coach Doug Pederson did, so Ertz has seen fewer snaps than Goedert.
In Ertz's final game with the Eagles, a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he caught four passes for 29 yards and reeled in his final touchdown as an Eagle. Goedert was on the COVID list so Ertz saw more snaps than he has all season which equaled out to 89 percent of the Eagles’ snaps that game. So far, Ertz had only played 56 percent of Philly’s snaps which is the least he has been a part of since 2014 during his second season as a pro.
Ertz’s relationship with the Eagles’ front office has been shaky since the 2020 preseason when Ertz requested a new contract, but his agent and the team couldn’t come to an agreement. Philadelphia felt this was a good trade for the team by sending him to a Cardinals team that is in need of another pass-catching tight end with Super Bowl experience.
Ertz cares so much about this city he took out a full page article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. This what he had to say:
Ertz will go down as the best tight end in Philadelphia Eagles history and fans are sad to see him go. Ertz was emotional in his press conference when discussing leaving the Eagles calling Philadelphia is home. Ertz is one of those once-in-a-lifetime players for Eagles fans that no matter what team he is on the Fly Eagles Fly nation will continue to support him.
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