It’s looking more and more likely that the Philadelphia Eagles will be forced to cut ties with Zach Ertz before the start of the season whether it’s by trade or by release. If the Eagles can work out a trade for him, two AFC teams have been listed as potential suitors for Ertz’s services.
According to Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report, two of the best landing spots for Ertz are the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars. Here was what Knox had to say:
"One logical trade destination would be the Indianapolis Colts, who acquired Carson Wentz earlier in the offseason. Wentz and Ertz have both played under Colts head coach and former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich. When Wentz played a full 16 games in 2019, Ertz racked up 916 yards and six scores.The Jacksonville Jaguars would also make a lot of sense, as the Jags lack tight end talent to help support rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence."
Both teams would make sense for Ertz for exactly the reasons Knox listed and the Eagles, if they can find a trade partner for Ertz, would more than likely do business with an AFC team over an NFC team. That’s common in the NFL when it comes to trading stars.
If the Philadelphia Eagles trade Zach Ertz, the Colts and Jaguars would make sense.
If Ertz landed with the Colts, he’d be reunited with former Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Ertz was one of Wentz’s favorite targets and had his best year in 2018 with Wentz as his quarterback. Of course, both guys have gone through their fair share of injuries since then, but the Colts might be in favor of reuniting Wentz with his former favorite weapon.
Jacksonville might not be Ertz’s favorite destination, as they’re a rebuilding team with a lot of question marks but the Jaguars have a need at the tight end position. He’d be a veteran tight end on a young team and could serve as a mentor but it’s doubtful he’d want to be in that role considering that he still has plenty left in the tank.
It’ll be a shame to see Ertz in a different uniform next season but when push comes to shove, this move is logical for Philadelphia and some teams have a huge need for someone like Ertz on their team.