Zach Ertz Gets Emotional About his Time with Eagles
While plenty of changes are bound to be happening for the Eagles, one of them is pretty apparent. It appears tight end Zach Ertz's tenure with the Eagles is coming to an end.
It looks like Sunday's night loss to Washington might have been Ertz's final game in midnight green. The veteran tight end remained seated on the empty sideline long after the game ended,
On Monday a tearful Ertz took time to reflect on his time in Philadelphia.
"I think this city is the best city to play for," an emotional Ertz said. "I couldn't have asked for a better experience. This city means a lot to me, means a lot to my family and i'm thankful."
If this is fact the final season for Ertz in Philadelphia, it didn't go exactly as planned. While the 3-time Pro Bowler has had a terrific career, which includes 561 catches, second all-time in an Eagles uniform.
Ertz played in just 11 games due to an ankle injury, catching 36 passes for 335 yards and one score.
"I want to be here," Ertz said. "I don't know what's going to happen next year."
The 30-year old tight end is heading into the final year of his contract, which is scheduled to pay him $8.25 million. By releasing Ertz, the cap-strapped Eagles would create $8.25 million in cap space if he is designated a post-June 1 cut.
Ertz was a second-round pick of the Eagles out of Stanford back in 2013, and made an immediate impact, scoring four touchdowns his rookie season. His breakout year came in 2018, catching a NFL record 116 passes 1,163 yards and eight scores.
But the writing was on the wall that this day was coming when the Eagles selected Dallas Goedert in the second-round of the 2018 draft. While the two players have been able to co-exist, the business of the NFL is likely causing them to split.
Goedert was also limited to just 11 games, but was slightly more productive in 2020 than Ertz, catching 46 passes for 524 yards and three scores.
If this is the final time we've seen Ertz in an Eagles uniform, fans will likely get a chance to cheer for him at least one more time.
His 561 catches for 6,078 yards and 36 touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the teams Super Bowl win over New England, is bound to put him in the Eagles Hall of Fame.
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