Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and his situation with the team has been a talking point ever since the offseason began. After making the Eagles’ final 53-man roster, Ertz addressed his current status with the team.
Speaking to the media, Ertz said that he wants to stay in Philadelphia and hopes to retire as an Eagle. He says that he’s moved on from some of the issues that bothered him earlier in the offseason and claims he has “mended” his relationship with the team.
“This is the place I want to be, this is the place I want to retire,” Ertz said. “…I’m moving on from everything that happened this offseason. There have been apologies.”
As for why he stayed silent on his status with the team for the duration of the offseason, Ertz said that he loved Philadelphia too much to “burn it down.”
Zach Ertz on why he's been quiet all offseason: "I love this city too much to burn it down."
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 1, 2021
Zach Ertz has been with the Philadelphia Eagles since going in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He is one of the longest-tenured players on the team and a three-time Pro Bowler.
Ertz has 561 receptions for 6,078 yards and 36 touchdowns – all in the top two for tight ends in franchise history.
But in recent days there have been rumors of a trade involving Ertz. If such a trade is coming, it doesn’t appear to be something that Ertz is pounding the table for.
Will Zach Ertz play the entire 2021 season for the Eagles? Will he retire with the team?