What Would Seahawks Offer in a Deal for Zach Ertz?
We all know that Carson Wentz is making most of the headlines for wanting to be traded by the Philadelphia Eagles, but another big name that could be on the move is tight end Zach Ertz.
"My time in Philadelphia has been the best experience I've ever had. I want to be here," Ertz said back on Jan 4.
But with each passing day and due $8.25 million for the 2021 season, the Eagles are looking for cap relief, so it appears very likely that Ertz will be on the move this offseason
One possible destination? Seattle.
Per Ed Kracz of Sports Illustrated’s Eagles Maven, the Seahawks have had talks with the Eagles regarding Ertz.
We discussed this report with NFL insider John Clayton from 710 ESPN in Seattle on Tuesday's edition of The Sports Bash.
"I think they do," Clayton said when asked with Seattle has interest in the three-time Pro Bowl tight end. The one problem is Seattle doesn't have a first or third-round draft choice, so Ertz would have to be available for a mid-round pick."
"So are they interested? I think they are," Clayton continued. "But are the Eagles willing to take a mid-round pick for Ertz."
Ertz, 30, is entering the last year of his deal, but had a injury filled 2020 season where he caught 36 passes for 336 yards and scored just once. In 2018 Ertz set the NFL record for receptions by a tight end with 116, and was a First-Team All-Pro selection that year.
"You're adding a Pro Bowl caliber tight end," send Clayton when asked if Seattle QB Russell Wilson would approve of a deal for Ertz. "The problem that Seattle faces just like everybody else is, can you afford to put $8.25 million salary in a tight end."
"The other thing in this market is there could be a lot of cheaper options that are still good players."
Clayton mentions the free agent and cap-causality market that could allow some cheaper options that could be more attractive salary-wise to the Seahawks.
One thing is for sure, the Eagles are trying to move Ertz.
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