Philadelphia Eagles news: Updates on Zach Ertz, Philly’s salary cap

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

At the time of this story being published, Philadelphia Eagles fans have made it to June. As you know, that’s important, both from a scheduling and cap standpoint, but while we have a moment, this would be a good time to talk about two things Birds fans keep thinking about.

What’s going on with the money? Has anyone else noticed that Zach Ertz is still on this team? Let’s get a quick update on 86 and what’s going on with the salary cap.

The greatest tight end in Philadelphia Eagles is still a no-show.

As many of you know, Ertz was a no-show during OTAs (organized team activities) as he reportedly stated he wouldn’t return to the Eagles until his situation was taken care of. In other words, he wants a new extension or his release/trade.

June 1st doesn’t often mean much around the NovaCare Complex, but in 2021, things are different. As you may have heard, Alshon Jeffery and Malik Jackson were both designated as roster cuts that come after June 1st. That means, once we get past Tuesday, the processing of both moves gives the Birds somewhere around $4 million in salary-cap space.

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What does all of this mean for the Philadelphia Eagles cap situation?

When we all woke up the day after Memorial Day, Philly had just under $4 million in cap space, but that figures to be gobbled up by those unsigned rookies. Names on that list, at the time of this story being published, include Philly’s first-round draft choice DeVonta Smith as well as Landon Dickerson, Kenneth Gainwell, Tarron Jackson, Patrick Johnson, Zech McPhearson, JaCoby Stevens, Marlon Tuipulotu, and Milton Williams.

Here’s one more thing to consider when it comes to Ertz as well. NBC Sports’ Josh Alper explains:

"The change in months offers another avenue to increased cap space. Trading or cutting tight end Zach Ertz would save the team $8.5 million with $4.2 million in dead money as opposed to just under $5 million in savings against just under $7.8 million in dead money."

That’s a lot to think about, but at least we have an update. Summer approaches. The NFL season is another day closer, and if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, there’s something else to consider. Zach Ertz is one step closer to playing another NFL season, but he’s also one step closer to doing so in another team’s jersey.