June means different things to different people. The MLB season is in full swing. Summertime is officially upon us. Then, there’s all of that NFL stuff to discuss. Often, there isn’t a whole lot to talk about on June 1st from a Philadelphia Eagles perspective, but this year, things are different. This year, fans can’t seem to get something off of their minds.
What in the world is going on with Zach Ertz? At the time of this story being published, we’re approaching dinnertime on the East Coast, and the man currently sitting in second place on the franchise’s all-time receptions list (a record many of us thought he’d break) is still a member of the Birds, though it seems that he no longer wants to be.
It appears that his eight-year run in the City of Brotherly Love won’t reach a ninth, but if that’s the case, what’s next for the three-time Pro Bowler.
Here are four potential landing spots for the Philadelphia Eagles legend.
While none of us truly know where Ertz will end up, we can make a few guesses. Here are several potential landing spaces that come to mind, all of which have the cap space to bring 86 on board relatively easily.
1. Indianapolis Colts: If you’ll remember, when the “Carson Wentz is going to Indy” bus got cranked up initially, there were often theories and actual attempts to package Zach Ertz and find him a seat on a Wentz Wagon that we knew would inevitably leave town.
There are so many connections here that this one makes sense. You know about Wentz. You know that Frank Reich is the head coach. You know that a couple of Reich’s assistants, Press Taylor and Mike Groh, got to know Ertz very well while in Philadelphia.
2. Carolina Panthers: It’s not like former Eagles haven’t left the Birds and wound up in Charlotte before. The Panthers are turning the page in 2021, and while a solid running game is a new quarterback’s best friend, in this case, Sam Darnold, nothing says ‘security blanket’ like a tight end who can muscle corners and still, though he’s a step slower, outrun a few tight ends and get open underneath.
3. New York Jets: Like the Panthers and Colts, there’s an open line seemingly between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets. These two teams cross paths during the 2021-2022 season, and that sort of makes this uncomfortable. Still, Jets general manager Joe Douglas knows Ert well from his time in Philly, and he has to know that Ertz is an upgrade from Chris Herndon and Tyler Croft.
4. Kansas City Chiefs: Like the Jets and Panthers, the Eagles are scheduled to cross paths with this Chiefs team in 2021. Kansas City doesn’t necessarily need Zach Ertz, but you have to imagine, with an evil offensive genius like Andy Reid pulling the strings, K.C. might be willing to explore the idea of making Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz teammates. What a formidable duo they would make.