Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has been the target of several trade rumors so far this year, calling his eight-year career with the franchise into question. Those rumors aside though, it appears the Eagles’ front office have yet to receive an offer attractive enough to let go of their veteran TE.
On Tuesday, Ertz reported to Philly for the first day of this year’s training camp.
While the three-time Pro Bowler could just be avoiding the $50,000 per day fine for skipping out on training camp, Philadelphia GM Howie Roseman believes Ertz will be an Eagle at the start of the 2021 season.
“I expect Zach Ertz to be on the roster by the start of the season,” Roseman said, per Jeff McLane of the Phila Inquirer.
Howie Roseman: I expect Zach Ertz to be on the roster by the start of the season. #Eagles
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) July 28, 2021
Battling a nagging ankle throughout the 2020 season, Ertz logged a career-worst 335 yards and one touchdown through 11 games.
That being said, a healthy Ertz is still one of the top tight end options in the league. Before last season, the former second-round draft pick notched three straight Pro-Bowl appearances (2017-19).
While several teams have been linked to a possible Ertz trade (ie. Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars), whoever lands the TE before this season would have to be comfortable with taking on his $8.5 million salary for 2021.
For now, the Eagles will focus on utilizing their dynamic duo of tight end options. Pairing Ertz alongside up-and-coming star Dallas Goedert, Philly is home to one of the most dangerous TE combos in the league.
The Eagles will apparently look to keep it that way heading into 2021.