Philadelphia Eagles: Saints might be desperate to trade for Zach Ertz

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

So, after months of debate, rumors, and talk about seemingly fractured relationships, Zach Ertz looks to be staying with the Philadelphia Eagles for the 2021 season despite trade rumors taking place throughout the entire offseason. With only three weeks to go until the regular season kickoff, however, one team could be particularly interested in the Eagles’ tight end and that team is the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints were hit hard by the injury bug at the tight end position, as their starting tight end Adam Trautman was carted off the field with what looked to be an ankle injury. Their backup, Nick Vannett, had an MRI done on his knee on Tuesday morning. This means that the best tight end option on the Saints’ roster is Juwan Johnson, who played wide receiver this time last year.

John Sigler of Saints Wire floated the idea of the Saints trading for Ertz and had them parting ways with a fourth-round pick. Obviously, the Eagles would want more for their fan-favorite tight end, but at this point, they should take what they can get, especially with Ertz’s recent slew of injuries decreasing his value.

Philadelphia Eagles should trade Zach Ertz to Saints

Ertz hasn’t done much in the two preseason games the Eagles have played in so far, whether that be because he’s been sitting or because of the fact that he’s missed on opportunities when he has played, and the team seemed to be in the mindset that they’d be moving on from him this offseason. Dallas Goedert is their future at the starting tight end position and now is the time to attempt to move Ertz and get anything you can in exchange for him.

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Ertz would be a much bigger factor in New Orleans this year than he will be in Philadelphia so this is a trade that makes sense for both parties. Yes, it’d be better to get more than a fourth-round pick in next year’s draft but it’s better to trade Ertz now before his trade value is completely gone.