Without Ertz, there’s no one besides Goedert that the Philadelphia Eagles trust.
Prior to Rodgers’ addition, the Birds had seven tight ends on the roster: Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Hakeem Butler, Jason Croom, Caleb Wilson, Jack Stoll, and Tyree Jackson. There’s a lot to be figured out before camp, but one might be inclined to believe that Philly’s move to add an eighth guy means they aren’t totally sold on at least five or six of the others.
One could also say that this is a sign that Ertz’s departure nears. After all, word has it that the Tennessee Titans may be interested in his services. If neither of the first two reasons were convincing enough for you, now you have a third.
Goedert is safe, but you can’t say that about anyone else. Then again, this could be a move to fuel competition, a word that’s been floating around the NovaCare Complex very frequently rather recently.
So, here we are. Ertz probably isn’t going to break the Eagles’ all-time receptions record despite being only 28 snags behind the great Carmichael. Also, if everything ended today, he’d end his run in midnight green with 6078 receiving yards.
That puts him in fifth place all-time as he’s behind Carmichael who boasts 8,978 and three other recognizable Philadelphia Eagles names: Pete Retzlaff (7,412), DeSean Jackson (6,512), and Mike Quick (6,464).
Ertz is a shoo-in for the team’s Hall of Fame, but for now, like Brian Dawkins and Donovan McNabb and so many of the team’s icons that came before him, his playing career will, most likely, have to end somewhere else. He’s been a great Eagle and no one should forget that no matter how this turns out, but this is a tough and bitter pill to swallow.