As the Philadelphia Eagles look to turn things around in 2021, they’re relying heavily on Dallas Goedert to step it up and be one of the best tight ends in the NFC. This is going to be even more the case if Zach Ertz is traded prior to the season kicking off in September.
Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report backed up this sentiment, listing Goedert as the one player the Eagles can least afford to lose next offseason. Here’s more from Gagnon’s write-up:
"It might be time to see if he can deliver and turn into a star, which is entirely possible considering that he’s put up more than 500 yards in each of the last two seasons despite starting fewer than 10 games in both campaigns."
The Eagles drafted Goedert in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft and hoped that he and Ertz would make a deadly duo at the tight end position. Goedert has been solid in limited sample size, as he’s yet to start all 16 games, with his highest being nine total.
The Philadelphia Eagles need Dallas Goedert past 2021.
If the Eagles do indeed trade Ertz, they’ll be down to Goedert and some lesser-known names at the position. The job will obviously be Goedert’s to lose but he’ll still have to step up and prove that he’s worthy of being the starting tight end of the Eagles.
This is the final year of Goedert’s rookie contract and with it being a contract year, that’s even more incentive for the former South Dakota State standout to bring everything he has to the table. To this point, his best season was in 2019 when he totaled 58 receptions for 607 yards and five touchdowns so the Eagles would obviously like to see him top those numbers.
The Eagles need their offense to step up this year and Goedert needs to emerge as one of Jalen Hurts’ top weapons. Finding a top-tier tight end is tough and the Eagles have been fortunate to find two really good ones in recent years in Ertz and Goedert. If the team were to lose Goedert after the 2021 season, it’d put them in a tough situation moving forward.
Losing Ertz will be painful enough for the Eagles but if they’re in a spot a year from now where they’re without both Ertz and Goedert, that’d be a really bad situation to be in. Hopefully, the Eagles can come to a deal with Goedert and ensure he remains the starting tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022 and beyond.