The Eagles placed tight end Zach Ertz on Injured Reserve on Thursday with an ankle injury. It’s possible that his injury prevented a trade from happening.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, multiple executives around the NFL expected the Eagles to try to part ways with Ertz before the trade deadline.
Ertz is under contract through next season and had extension talks with the team throughout the offseason before it came to a scorching stop. According to NFL Network, the Eagles’ last offer included less guaranteed money than a November offer included and that it included less cash annually than the deal Austin Hooper signed with the Browns as a free agent.
Ertz told reporters before the season that he’s viewing this season as his last with Philly because he wasn’t getting the impression that the Eagles want him on the team as much as he wants to be there.
“I’m an emotional guy when it comes to football. It’s been frustrating at times, it’s been difficult,” Ertz said. “I said all along I want be here for the long run. I don’t know if for sure that feeling is mutual. I’m going to play this year like it’s my last year.”
Ertz has had a slow start to the season, posting 24 catches for 178 yards and a touchdown through six games. His ankle injury is expected to sideline him 4-6 weeks.
Ertz has a base salary of $6.6 million this year and is scheduled to make $8.25 million in 2021
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