Philadelphia Eagles need to trade Zach Ertz and do so immediately

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) - Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) - Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

Longtime Bird Zach Ertz has been a wonderful tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles but it’s time to trade him. The team already has Dallas Goedert who is due for a breakout season and this, paired with Ertz’s injuries, should spell the end of Ertz’s time with the organization.

Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report wrote an article where he listed one thing every team needs to do before the season and for the Eagles, it was to trade Ertz.

Knox wrote:

"If Ertz’s tenure in Philadelphia is indeed at an end, Philadelphia would be wise to trade him for anything it can get. Releasing him this late in the offseason won’t impact Philadelphia’s compensatory picks, so even a conditional seventh-rounder would be better than letting him walk and eating $7.8 million in dead money."

The Philadelphia Eagles have to trade Zach Ertz sooner rather than later.

As Knox noted, releasing Ertz isn’t going to do much other than remove him from the roster. If the Eagles can find a trade partner, they can at least get something in return for the 30-year-old tight end. Injuries prevented him from doing much last year even with the 11 games he appeared in.

Ertz finished the 2020 season with 36 catches for 335 yards and just one touchdown. All of those were career-lows for the former second-round pick and with Goedert outperforming Ertz in 2020, it’s time to hand the baton off to him.

Per Inside the Iggles’ own Geoffrey Knox, Ertz hasn’t shown up to OTAs because he wants his situation taken care of. He knows that he’s no longer TE1 in Philadelphia but he could easily be that somewhere else.

Indianapolis could make sense as a landing spot for Ertz due to his history with former Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Cincinnati needs a tight end. New Orleans could use a better tight end. There are plenty of teams out there who could definitely put Ertz to good use, so hopefully, the Eagles are able to get a deal worked out and ship him elsewhere.

It’ll be sad to see Ertz no longer donning an Eagles uniform but after a season where he posted career-lows, it’s the best move for the team. They have Goedert on the roster and will be perfectly fine at the tight end position without Ertz.

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This is a move that needs to happen for both the Eagles and for Ertz.