2. It wasn’t just about Jenkins.
Eagles fans and the media aren’t the only ones who are watching. Potential free agents and stars this team may make a pitch for are watching as well, and everyone’s very interested in how the “Birds” are going to handle Ertz after some believe they mishandled Malcolm Jenkins.
Everyone’s very interested in how the “Birds” are going to handle Ertz after some believe they mishandled Malcolm Jenkins.
Sure, the Eagles looked out for Lane Johnson and Carson Wentz and Brandon Brooks and Jake Elliott, but, like him or not, they also guaranteed Alshon Jeffery’s deal for 2020, and they’re looking to move him. It isn’t good to keep handling guys who have contributed in this fashion.
Ertz is an Eagle through and through. He’s still in his prime, and there are rumblings that he might wind up somewhere else because he wants to be paid like one of the top three tight ends in this game. Is he not supposed to want everything he feels he deserves?
The Eagles brass needs to do the right thing here. They aren’t just showing the NFL world how they intend to handle Ertz. They’re showing future Eagles what they can expect from this team as well, and based on even though they’ve treated guys fairly more often than not, NFL prospects are really going to put a lot of stock in what happened to Jenkins and what might happen with Ertz.