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Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
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. . Zach Ertz, tight end. 2. player. 54.

If you’re the Philadelphia Eagles, Zach Ertz’s trade value will never be higher.

This one hurts if you’re a ‘Birds’ fan. Raise your hands if you thought that Zach Ertz would break Harold Carmichael’s franchise record for receptions in 2020. Raise your hand if you thought that Zach Ertz would be an Eagle for life about two years ago. Neither of those statements seem to be slam dunks anymore, do they?

Who knows what’s gotten into this team, but outside of Miles Sanders, Nate Herbig, Jordan Mailata, Travis Fulgham, and Darius Slay (prior to Week 6), you’d be hard-pressed to find five Eagles who don’t look worse right now than they looked a season ago.

Ertz hasn’t regressed. He’s fallen off of a cliff. So has Carson Wentz. So have role players like Matt Pryor and Boston Scott. Philly isn’t trading Wentz though, and as hard as it is to make this statement, if Philly’s plans are indeed to move on from Zach Ertz, they don’t need to wait until the end of the 2021 season. This team will never get more in a trade package for Zach Ertz than they would get for Zach Ertz right now!

Yes, he deserves to be compensated like one of the best players at his position because he still is one of the best players at his position. He has several good years left. There is some tread on the tires. The only problems with trading Zach Ertz are these. Who are the tight ends if he’s gone? Do we really want to see the ‘Birds’ lose another playmaker on offense? Is the combination of Hakeem Butler and Richard Rodgers one that you want to rely on at the tight end position?

There’s a lot to think about here, but if Philly wants to get better and faster, this may be one of the easiest and most logical ways to do so. Zach Ertz isn’t Jason Peters. Zach Ertz would actually have suitors if he was available to other teams.