5. The Philadelphia Eagles trade Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals.
For some, this one was tough to take. For others, not so much. Statistically, Zach Ertz is the best tight end to ever wear the Eagles jersey. He’s provided a ton of memories in his nine years with the organization, so regardless of where you are in arguments like ‘Philly should have kept him around’ or ‘they held on to him for far too long’, everyone has an opinion about the Philadelphia Eagles’ decision to finally move on from a guy we watched dive into the end zone in Super Bowl LII.
You won’t find bigger Ertz fans than the ones that work for us here at Inside The Iggles, so it pains us to say this. In the end, moving on from Zach Ertz was the right move.
Sure, he’s got a ton left. In his first appearance with the Arizona Cardinals, we watched him score on the longest catch and run of his career, but with so many moves needing to be made, it wouldn’t have made sense for Philadelphia to pay top dollar for Ertz and Dallas Goedert.
In terms of the latter, he’s shown us that he’s ready to continue what’s become a rather impressive lineage of Eagles tight ends (think of guys like Chad Lewis, L.J. Smith, and Brent Celek). Moving on from Ertz allows this Eagles team to employ a little addition by subtraction as they’ve set themselves up fairly well in terms of cap space. Now, they just need to figure out who the other guys on the TE depth chart are.
Jacks Stoll is a nice find. He isn’t quite the receiver that Ertz was, but he’s one heck of a blocker. We’ll have to see how Tyree Jackson and Noah Togai develop. For the Eagles’ offense to take the next step, it would be a nice feather in the cap if they have two or three capable tight ends, something we’ve gotten used to seeing over the past few seasons.