Top 2 Reasons Philadelphia Eagles won’t overpay Zach Ertz

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2. Is there any way the Philadelphia Eagles give big money to two tight ends in a little less than two years from now?

The biggest reason preventing Ertz from inking a deal comparable to the ones Travis Kelce and George Kittle are getting is obvious. It always comes down to one thing. Teams simply can’t pay everybody.

Maybe you’ve already noticed this. Maybe you haven’t, but the Eagles had an out that could get them out of Ertz’s contract at the end of the 2020 season. They, instead, despite the fact that ’86’ was rumored to have turned down a very lucrative deal back in March, decided that he’d be a part of the team for the next two seasons. That’s understandable. The goal for any NFL team is to field the best team possible, and the Eagles’ offense is still better with him than without him.

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No one can predict the future though, and even though we haven’t seen much of a deterioration in ’86’, he does turn 30 years of age in November. The decline could be coming at some point. Having Ertz in the fold through 2022 allows the ‘Birds’ to enjoy what they have for the time being, elite play from the tight end position. They don’t have to rush into making any decisions about his long-term future with the team.

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Goedert, 25, enters Year 3 with the ‘Birds’ in 2020. His rookie deal ends in 2022, just like Ertz’s does. Will Philly decide to bank on him and let Ertz go. Seriously, this team wouldn’t give massive extensions to two tight ends, or would they? Is it any different than paying two wide receivers or two offensive linemen? We’ve seen them do that before. Those are the million-dollar questions (pun intended).

Here’s the long and the short of it. Again, Philly doesn’t have to rush. We’ll see how things go in the near future, but for now, again, why not enjoy what we all have? That’s two game-changers at tight end, two constant threats on third down and in the red zone. It should be fun to watch this Eagles offense in 2020.