If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan and you’re ticked at Zach Ertz, shame on you!
While Peters has, on more than one occasion, held a financially-strapped Eagles franchise to ransom, Zach Ertz has been the good soldier. For just about the entire duration of his Eagles career, he’s been a fan favorite. Then, just this past offseason, he did what most of you do at your jobs and what every NFL star has done when their number comes up ever since the NFL instituted this version of free agency many moons ago.
He simply asked for his money, and then, when an offer was made, he turned it down when he felt as though the number he was given wasn’t representative of what a player his caliber should be making. What’s upsetting is the fact that some of you are angry with him for that.
Again, don’t you do the same thing at your jobs? You do realize this guy had to watch Peters get yet another pay raise after pitching a fit, right? How would you feel?
For as long as all three have been playing, the theory has been that Travis Kelce, George Kittle, and Zach Ertz, up until this season, were the top three tight ends in the current NFL landscape. Ertz knows that, and for that reason, he felt as though he should have been compensated as such. We just weren’t prepared, as Eagles fans, for such a rapid decline and what we’ve all seen this season.
Following some sub-par play and an ankle injury that cost him much of the 2020 NFL season, Ertz may not have the punch he once had at the negotiating table. Before this year, Philly exercised an option in his contract that keeps him in town until the close of the 2021 season.
The question is, following his worst NFL season and an injury that may be representative of some physical decline, is it possible to make the argument that Philly could just cut their losses and move on from 86 during the next offseason to clear some cap space? That’s beginning to be a theory that’s being stated more and more often.