The Philadelphia Eagles have about three guys battling for one spot.
What does setting the league record for single-season receptions and being the third-best tight end in the game for several seasons get you when you play in Philadelphia? It’s quite simple actually. It makes you the subject of trade talks when your name comes up in the shuffle of guys who are ready to start talking about contract extensions if you don’t settle for a low number.
Poll most NFL pundits and they’ll probably tell you that Travis Kelce is the game’s best tight end. George Kittle is the second best. Zach Ertz is third on most lists. Still, when there were reports that the latter was at an impasse with Philadelphia in contract negotiations, there were quite a few Eagles enthusiasts who screamed the appropriate action was to run Ertz out of town.
Those are probably the same people who believe that Carson Wentz can’t play, but that’s another story for another day.
Some of the reasons for the trade theories are understandable. The Eagles also have what might be a top-ten tight end in Dallas Goedert, and both are looking at being unrestricted free agents in 2022. There’s seemingly no reason to pay both guys big money, but with Philly picking up an option on Ertz earlier this offseason, there’s no need to worry about any of that right now.
Eagles fans can just enjoy this one-two punch for a couple more seasons. Everyone else they currently employ as a tight end seems to be battling for the job of being the third on the roster.
1. Zach Ertz, 2. Dallas Goedert, 3. Josh Perkins, 4. Alex Ellis, 5. Noah Togiai
The tight end competition won’t be as exhilarating a battle as the one this team has at wide receiver, but it’s still interesting nonetheless.