How on Earth did we go from the theory that Zach Ertz should be a member of the Philadelphia Eagles for life to believing trading him is a good idea?
No, if you arrived at the party late, this is a real talking point. It would be nice if you could open this expose and see that it was some early April Fool’s Day joke, but it isn’t. Less-astute readers would like to call it clickbait even though the majority of them don’t even know what the term means. No, guys and gals, even though most would argue that Zach Ertz is widely seen as the third-best tight end in the NFL, there are a few Philadelphia Eagles fans that want to see him traded in the wake of him turning down his most recent contract offer.
Don’t scroll up. You didn’t misread anything. This is a real and growing narrative floating around a few Eagles-related rumor mills.
In 113 career games with 76 career starts, including the playoffs. Ertz has hauled in 558 receptions for 6,103 yards and 37 touchdowns. In 2018, he set the NFL’s record for receptions by a tight end during the regular season with 116. Does he want to be paid accordingly for his talents? Of course. He absolutely does. Why wouldn’t he?
Any theory stating that Zach Ertz being traded is a wise one should be dissected thoroughly. Sure, some are valid. Most aren’t. If the only reason for Ertz’s dismissal is “he wants too much money”, that’s a problem because the reasons not to trade him can be rattled off with relative ease. Here, we’ll just name four, but before we get into that, let’s all share a story.