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After an immaculate career, it seems as though Zach Ertz’s time as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles is coming to an end. Following 117 games over the course of eight seasons, the All-Pro Tight-End is at his ends with upper management after requesting a contract extension but has not had his wish granted by Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman.

Following a verbal altercation at practice with Roseman during Eagles practice and then suffering an injury-riddled season which only caused Ertz to catch 36 passes in 2020, he certainly took a step back. Despite ranking second all-time in receptions in Eagles history (561) and also breaking the record for most receptions by a Tight-End in NFL history (116), all indications lead to Ertz being shipped out during the 2021 off-season.

According to Over the Cap, the Eagles are projected to be nearly $71 million over the cap entering the 2021 league year. The Eagles could rid themselves of the $8.25 million owed to the 30-year-old in 2021 by trading him with a post-June 1 designation.

“I think for me, I think the foundation that we have here in Philadelphia has been a pleasure,” Ertz said in a press conference on January 4th. “It’s tough. I think we’re really just getting started with that in Philly. It’s the best city to play for and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. This city means a lot to me. It means a lot to my family. I’m thankful.”

“I’m thankful for all you [reporters] over the years. You’ve got a really tough job in this city, and early in my career, I took a lot of things personally. And just over the years I started putting myself in your shoes that you guys have got so much to do. Everyone’s going to read some good. You guys consistently tried to do that, so I really appreciate all of you over the years.”

With all of this being said, let’s take a look at some possible trade destinations for the three-time Pro Bowl and Super Bowl Champion Tight-End…

1) Buffalo Bills

Although the Bills are enjoying their most successful season since 1995 after winning their first playoff game in 25 years, the offense has the potential to become even more potent with the addition of a game-changing Tight End. We know that the Bills are stacked at the receiver position with pass catchers by the likes of Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, and Gabriel Davis, but an upgrade at the Tight-End spot would give Josh Allen even more weapons at his disposal.

Buffalo did not have a Tight-End catch over 25 passes this season, so another reliable option over the middle of the field in Ertz may prove dividends whenever opposing defense are focusing on the pass catchers on the perimeter.

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2) Arizona Cardinals

Ertz would certainly be able to excel in Kliff Kingsbury’s air-raid offense. In fact, this may be an ideal fit for both parties. Ertz specializes in short, intermediate passes in the middle of the field, which should sound like music to Kyler Murray’s ears. Ertz is essentially a glorified wide receiver, which fits the mold of the Cardinals’ offensive attack.

Much like the aforementioned Buffalo Bills, the Cardinals have been lacking in production from their Tight-End spot. The addition of Ertz would provide more explosiveness to a receiving core that already has one of the best playmakers in the game with DeAndre Hopkins. 

3) Green Bay Packers 

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It seems like this statement is echoed every season…Aaron Rodgers needs more talent around him. Even though Rodgers already has a much-proven commodity in Davante Adams, the 15-year signal-caller still needs more playmakers at his disposal.

Sure, Rodgers has been able to elevate the talent around him using Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard as examples, but having a bonafide baller with playoff experience outside of Adams is crucial to the Packers success within the next few seasons. However, Green Bay has been hesitant to surround Rodgers with any veterans, but this move might be one the organization has to pull the trigger on.

Rodgers and Ertz each have a Super Bowl championship attached to their resume, and these two may be just what they needed to make it back to the big game. 

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