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So I was going to reply in the OTA discussion but this has nothing to do with OTAs.

Backstory for this season is that he wont be playing for the eagles this season at his current contract which will lead to him being either traded or cut.  I think we are the #1 spot for him.  Below is an article from less than a year ago.  Blame 2020 on whatever you want. him, his team, his injury, his age. whatevs.  Pretty much cements him as a top 3 TE in the league. He busted his ankle(not his knee) so I think he rebounds close to form.

 

https://sportsspectrum.com/sport/football/2020/09/03/20-nfl-players-watch-2020-philadelphia-eagles-zach-ertz/

 

As Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz enters his eighth season in the NFL, he does so in the midst of contract extension negotiations. The three-time Pro Bowler is under contract through 2021, but after tight ends George Kittle and Travis Kelce signed mega-deals over the offseason, attention has shifted to Ertz.

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He has been a consistent target for Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, and he’s made it known that he wants to stay in Philadelphia his entire career. In 2019, Ertz racked up 916 receiving yards, 88 receptions and led the team with six receiving touchdowns. It comes as no surprise that Ertz, capable of creating elite separation, has been the No. 1 option on the Eagles for several years in a row. His talent is among the highest caliber both on Philadelphia’s roster and in the league.

Throughout his first seven seasons in the NFL, Ertz caught more passes than any other tight end in history (525). In the past four seasons, Ertz has led his team in both catches and receiving yards — a feat no other NFL tight end has ever accomplished. In comparison to all receivers over the past three seasons, Ertz ranks sixth in catches (278), ninth in receiving touchdowns (22) and 14th in receiving yards (2,903).

So it’s an understatement to say Ertz plays a crucial role in the structure and success of Philadelphia’s offense. The Super Bowl LII victory was largely in part to the tight end’s contributions, including the winning touchdown catch. The 29-year-old needs just 65 catches to pass Pro Football Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael for most Eagles receptions.

 

In 2020, Ertz is surrounded by a shifting dynamic of fast and young wideouts. Not only will his veteran leadership be of value, but his pass-catching abilities alongside youthful receivers create a lethal offensive approach for the Eagles.

Wentz recently addressed the possible contract extensions for both Ertz and fellow tight end Dallas Goedert.

“I hope and pray we can all play together for a very long time … But, while I’ve got them right now, we’re going to make the most of it,” he said on NFL Network.

Yet, while the future of Ertz’s contract and many other variables for the 2020-21 season remain unknown, uncertainty is not something from which Ertz shies away.

“During all the craziness that is going on, it’s really allowed me to take a step back and say, ‘Man, all of this stuff could be taken away from us really at any day, [things] that we have no control over.’ But the one thing that can really never be taken away from us is Jesus and His love for us,” Ertz said in April on a “Huddle Up” video chat. “I think that’s been really on my heart during this whole coronavirus is just God’s love for us and how constant He truly is.”

As Ertz models a consistent presence on the field, he also strives to be a steady, Godly example for his teammates.

“Our No. 1 goal on this earth is to make disciples,” Ertz told Sports Spectrum prior to Super Bowl LII. “It’s the only job that we pretty much want to do. So faith and football this Sunday is huge. This is a platform to draw people to the Word, to Jesus. It’s not something we take for granted by any means.”

 

With another NFL season on the horizon, regardless of how his contract negotiations end up, Ertz aims to make purposeful, Christ-centered impact wherever he goes. Philadelphia opens its season Sept. 13 at Washington.

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With all the discussion around him, probably makes sense to have his own thread.

On the compensation front, I think Rob Gronk is the best comp. He got 1yr 8m. I can’t see Ertz commanding the salaries Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry got. Those guys are 3-4 years younger. My guess would be 3 years at $8.5M.

I’d do it at or around that price. He had a down year because of injuries but I think he has a few more good years left in him. Everyone is going to want us to draft a TE next year which we should. But TEs do take time to develop. Having Ertz and drafting a #2 who will eventually replace him makes sense to me. 

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1 hour ago, Joe W. Namath said:

Zach Ertz is going to command big bucks because hes a name brand and Joe Douglas is not committing big dollars to an aging, injured player.  And hes 100% not trading a pick for him.

Krofty is fine for this year and we will address tight end in the draft next year.

Kroft is not a suitable starter & some of the same  people saying it’s fine will be crying mid-season about how badly Wilson needs a big target over the middle or some sort of security blanket.

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8 minutes ago, Patriot Killa said:

Kroft is not a suitable starter & some of the same  people saying it’s fine will be crying mid-season about how badly Wilson needs a big target over the middle or some sort of security blanket.

Our current roster of TE's are all JAG's until proven otherwise. 

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21 minutes ago, Patriot Killa said:

Kroft is not a suitable starter & some of the same  people saying it’s fine will be crying mid-season about how badly Wilson needs a big target over the middle or some sort of security blanket.

Legit complaints about the TE group do not need to get addressed with draft capital in a move like this.  As @Paradis has noted, the TE group in the 2022 draft class is loaded.  Wait until then to actually address the issue.  Until then, band-aids.  

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1 hour ago, Joe W. Namath said:

Zach Ertz is going to command big bucks because hes a name brand and Joe Douglas is not committing big dollars to an aging, injured player.  And hes 100% not trading a pick for him.

Krofty is fine for this year and we will address tight end in the draft next year.

If they trade for him, he is going to cost $8.5M.   If they give him an extension, suspect less.

If not, probably no deal.

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15 minutes ago, joewilly12 said:

Our current roster of TE's are all JAG's until proven otherwise. 

What would you rather have done? Stick with that stiff Sam and draft that stringbean Kyle Pitts


Wilson is going to unlock this TE corps

 

 

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14 minutes ago, joewilly12 said:

Our current roster of TE's are all JAG's until proven otherwise. 

indeed, hence the part where I said..

24 minutes ago, Patriot Killa said:

Kroft is not a suitable starter & some of the same  people saying it’s fine will be crying mid-season about how badly Wilson needs a big target over the middle or some sort of security blanket.

That would indeed indicate that they all suck ass.

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1 minute ago, Albaniajet said:

What would you rather have done? Stick with that stiff Sam and draft that stringbean Kyle Pitts


Wilson is going to unlock this TE corps

 

 

Me stick with Sam Darnold HELL NO where you been. 

But we need to upgrade the TE position. 

never mind this next year BS do it now if you can. 

Can still draft a TE next year if need be. 

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Just now, joewilly12 said:

Me stick with Sam Darnold HELL NO where you been. 

But we need to upgrade the TE position. 

No need to.  Now that Sam is gone I expect pro bowl out of Herndon 

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1 minute ago, Albaniajet said:

No need to.  Now that Sam is gone I expect pro bowl out of Herndon 

He missed the last day of camp yesterday for unknown reasons. 

Haven't read where he's lighting it up. 

Herndon I hope gets better so far JAG 

 

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4 minutes ago, flgreen said:

If the trade for him, he is going to cost $8.5M.   If they give him an extension, suspect less.

Pass…Herndon - Kraft - Griffeth - Yebo ( he could be a gem) fine for this year . Get a TE next draft if we struggle this year at the position. 

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2 minutes ago, joewilly12 said:

He missed the last day of camp yesterday for unknown reasons. 

Haven't read where he's lighting it up. 

Herndon I hope gets better so far JAG 

 

I don’t care if he lights it up in shorts and a t-shirt in June.  I want to see him tear it up with Zach Wilson in September which he will now that he has an elite qb that will elevate the roster 

 

Btw Sam had a tipped ball go for a pick in OTA lolz

 

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6 minutes ago, Albaniajet said:

No need to.  Now that Sam is gone I expect pro bowl out of Herndon 

Except this spring/early summer, he’s looked exactly like the bum he was last year.

He’s a bust.

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Just now, Albaniajet said:

I don’t care if he lights it up in shorts and a t-shirt in June.  I want to see him tear it up with Zach Wilson in September which he will now that he has an elite qb that will elevate the roster 

Usually players don’t look awful for 2 & 1/2 years and then magically look good one day next September.

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1 minute ago, Albaniajet said:

I don’t care if he lights it up in shorts and a t-shirt in June.

Me neither means nothing. 

Real NFL players excel in pads helmets on the field on game day. 

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2 minutes ago, joewilly12 said:

Me neither means nothing. 

Real NFL players excel in pads helmets on the field on game day. 

Problem is we aren’t talking about a rookie here. We’ve seen Herndon in pads at some point each of the last 3 years.
 

2 of those years were awful. he wouldn’t of even made a CFL squad how he looked last season. It wasn’t just Darnold or Gase. That man was dropping every pass that came his way.

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4 minutes ago, Patriot Killa said:

Except this spring/early summer, he’s looked exactly like the bum he was last year.

He’s a bust.

 

3 minutes ago, Patriot Killa said:

Usually players don’t look awful for 2 & 1/2 years and then magically look good one day next September.

 

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3 minutes ago, Patriot Killa said:

Problem is we aren’t talking about a rookie here. We’ve seen Herndon in pads at some point each of the last 3 years.
 

2 of those years were awful. he wouldn’t of even made a CFL squad how he looked last season. It wasn’t just Darnold or Gase. That man was dropping every pass that came his way.

The same excuse makers gave Sam Darnold a pass and were ready to give him another one year 4. 

The culture is changing here. 

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7 hours ago, Paradis said:

HOW MANY LE'VEON BELL DISASTERS DOES IT TAKE TO STOP DOING THIS....

HE'S DONE

 

And thankfully, we finally have a GM smart enough to see that

 

this exactly !

 

Now to those of you wanting Ertz

We have 5 TE's in camp Wesco will probably stick as a FB/Blocking TE since we have no one else to play FB and our OC already said he knows what he's capable of at FB since he's already played there ....

Herndon, Kroft, Griffin, and Yeboah will all compete for the starting job . Keep in mind Griffin and Herndon were looking to make a move before that complete Idiot Gase took over the offense and all but ignored the position. More than playing bad these guys were probably bored to death from lack of use and never got in any kind of rhythm in Gases joke of an offense that much should be obvious. 

I'm not going to say which guy will step up because I honestly do not know but with the speed we added on offense it should easily open things up for whomever shows the most potential at the position. Yeboah can be explosive and with the right coaching he may just (dare I use the word) Develop into something special.

Ertz is not going to be a Jet !  the coaches got a good look at what these 5 guys can do the rest will come down to scheme and who of the bunch steps up. If they had serious issue with what they saw in the last 4 weeks there is the slight possibility they make a move but since they have not up to this point I highly doubt they will at all.

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8 hours ago, Albaniajet said:

No need to.  Now that Sam is gone I expect pro bowl out of Herndon 

Brace yourself well.

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