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There is reportedly a “great chance” Zach Ertz remains with the Philadelphia Eagles at the beginning of the 2021 season despite ongoing trade rumors dating back to last season.
Howard Eskin of 94 WIP reported Ertz will be at Eagles camp when it opens July 27, and he’s “over the issues” that created a fissure in his relationship with the organization.
It was widely expected that Ertz would be traded during the 2021 offseason after he suffered through an injury-marred 2020 campaign that saw him set career lows in receiving yards (335) and touchdown receptions (one). The Eagles would save $8.5 million if they trade or release Ertz, but it appears the two sides may now be comfortable allowing his contract to play out.
Ertz will be a free agent at the end of the 2021 season.
The Eagles made several offseason changes that seem designed for a rebuild, and they likely could have landed a conditional mid-to-late-round pick for Ertz.
Instead, it appears teams have not met the Eagles’ asking price and they’ve decided a holding pattern is best for all parties.
Ertz is a three-time Pro Bowler who set the NFL record for receptions by a tight end with 116 during the 2018 season. He had recorded at least 74 receptions and 800 receiving yards in each of the previous five seasons before a steep decline in 2020.