The Philadelphia Eagles’ tight end duo is the NFL’s most productive by far.
If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, it’s time to step back and appreciate what you have. Just do that right now. Don’t think about the fact that Zach Ertz turned down that contract extension. Don’t think about whether or not you agree with Philly’s decision to exercise his option. Don’t think about potential trades or whether or not you think shopping him around the league is a bad idea or not.
Just think about the fact that the Eagles’ star tight end might very well be the third-best in the NFL, right behind Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs and George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers. Like Ertz, Kittle turned down an extension he was offered. Both figure to reset the market at the position. It would seem like any theory involving shipping Ertz off would be ridiculous, if not for the fact that Philly took Dallas Goedert in the second round of 2018’s NFL Draft.
Heading into his third season with the “Birds”, Goedert is already a top-ten tight end. Now that Ertz is signed through the 2021 season, both he and Goedert will need new deals at the same time, the 2022 offseason. No one thinks that the Eagles will pay huge money to both, but don’t think about that right now either.
Just think about the fact that, for the next two NFL seasons, Philly has the league’s best one-two punch at the tight end position. In 2019, Philly’s tight ends (Josh Perkins included) combined for 163 receptions. That’s tops in the NFL and 31 more snags than the 132 passes that were hauled in by the Baltimore Ravens’ tight ends.
In 2020, they’ll continue to create opportunities for the Eagles wide receivers, or the Eagles’ wide receivers will continue to create opportunities for them. Either way, that’s a much better thought to ponder heading into 2020’s regular season than thinking about contract negotiations that aren’t pressing, what may or may not happen two years down the road, or running Ertz out of town.
For now, let’s just enjoy what the Eagles have. Ertz and Goedert are two of the game’s best that will give opposing defenses fits all season.