4 Potential Philadelphia Eagles, NFL Draft replacements for Zach Ertz

Zach Ertz (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
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Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
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If moving on from Zach Ertz is possible, the Philadelphia Eagles have options.

The thought of Zach Ertz wearing anything other than a Philadelphia Eagles jersey is sickening, but let’s be honest. This is the life that he chose, and there isn’t a Philadelphia Eagles fan on the planet that isn’t familiar with how this works.

This is a team that has seen both Brian Dawkins and Reggie White leave and play for someone else. Those were excruciating experiences as well. Life went on though, and Birds fans endured.

Zach Ertz had an option exercised in his current deal this past offseason, and that means that 86 isn’t just signed through 2020’s NFL season. He’s signed through 2021 as well, but we all also know that contract negotiations have stalled. Will he be allowed to play that current deal out? That’s been a burning question in the minds of Birds fans and the minds of the media.

If Philly wants to move on, there are reasons to do so. 86 is expensive, and if we’re being honest, it looks like he’s beginning to deteriorate physically. The Eagles will never get more for Ertz than they would get if they decide to trade him immediately in the coming offseason.

There are also reasons to keep him though. When he’s healthy, he’s among the game’s best. The NFL is about the name on the front of the jersey though. It’s less about the name on the back, so if Philly does move on from the man who boasts the second-most receiving yards in franchise history, it wouldn’t be a surprise. Here are four legitimate options if the Eagles look to the 2021 NFL Draft to find a replacement.