Zach Ertz played his last game as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles against the Tampa Buccaneers. The three-time Pro Bowl TE had scored a touchdown on the Eagles’ first drive of the game and had 29 total receiving yards. It was only a matter of time when a split between the two parties was going to take place as it looked like the start of a fire sale.
Terms of the Trade between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals
Zach Ertz has a championship pedigree as he has a ring. Ertz will not suit up when the only undefeated (5-0) team in the league takes on the Cleveland Browns. However, the Cardinals are able to fill the void soon as the Cards lost Maxx Williams for the season due to a terrible knee injury.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals after more than eight years in exchange for rookie cornerback Tay Gowan and Arizona’s 2022 fifth-round pick. On the field, he will be a dangerous weapon for Kyler Murray due to his 6-foot-5 frame and his route running ability ranks among the best for the position. He also owns the NFL single-season record for receptions as a tight end.
He joins players like A.J. Green and J.J. Watt who left a legacy behind with the former teams they both played for. Ertz was emotional when he found that his time in Philadelphia was over but also stated,” Ecstatic about that situation, to be able to walk into that building and show what kind of player I am, the work ethic I have, with no expectation. Just want to win football games.”
Ertz leaves the Eagles’ organization with the second-most receptions in club history only trailing Pro Football Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael by just 10 receptions. He is also fifth in the team’s history in receiving yards. Ertz will have to study the playbook quickly because the Cardinals have a fast-paced offense, and are serious contenders to win the Super Bowl this year.
Why the Philadelphia Eagles Made the Trade
Ertz is owed roughly $5.5 million until the end of the season. It made sense for the Eagles to trade Ertz because with a 2-4, making the playoffs would have been extremely difficult as the Dallas Cowboys sit in first place in the NFC East with a 4-1 record.
General Manager, Howie Roseman, said he had no issues with Ertz prior to the trade as he reiterated the fact that Ertz is an Eagle for life. Despite being involved in trade talks this offseason, Philadelphia’s biggest regret might be not offering Ertz an extension during that period.
With Dallas Goedert out last night against the Buccaneers, Ertz was able to get more opportunities in the loss. Goedert may be slated as Ertz’s long-term replacement as both players will be free agents at the end of the season. However, Goedert is five years younger and gives the team a clear answer to which direction the team is going.
CB Tay Gowan is someone the team scouted for a long time before the 2021 NFL Draft. The Eagles were close to selecting him with the sixth-round pick, but the Cardinals picked him before the Eagles got the opportunity.
The rookie made the 53-man roster for the Cards, but did not get much playing despite the team dealing with numerous injuries. This was a no-brainer as the Eagles spent some time with Gowan, and wanted to add more young players to the lineup.
With the Cleveland Browns having a ton of players who are questionable to play on Sunday. The Arizona Cardinals may be on their way to be 6-0 before Ertz gets inserted into the lineup.
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