By Harvey Hoffman

It sounds as if Eagles tight end Zach Ertz knows he’ll never wear the Midnight Green again.

He teared up as he spoke with reporters the other day.

” I think this city is the best city to play for,” Ertz said, taking a moment to wipe tears from his face. “And I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. It means a lot to me, it means a lot to my family, and I’m thankful.”

Ertz actually thanked the media for their work in covering the Eagles during his eight years in town.

The Eagles able to save roughly $4.5 million in cap by cutting Ertz before the 2021 season, and with Dallas Goedert on the roster through 2021 on a much more affordable rookie deal, it seems likely.

Ertz has lived up to his second-round status in his eight seasons in Philadelphia, making three straight Pro Bowls from 2017-2019 and averaging close to 760 receiving yards and over four touchdowns per season in his career. He became Carson Wentz’s favorite target when Wentz joined the team in 2016 as the second-overall pick out of North Dakota State, forging an on-field relationship that helped propel the Eagles to a stellar 2017 season.

“We just weren’t clicking early on,” Ertz said. “It was just dumbfounding to a certain extent because we’ve been together for so long we can pretty much tell each other exactly what the other person’s going to do. … We couldn’t really pinpoint it but the thing that we knew we were going to do is just continue to work at it. Unfortunately when I got hurt, we never got that opportunity to kind of right the ship, and then when I got back, he got benched the following week, so we weren’t able to get on the same page really ever.”

“Of course I want to play with Carson as long as I possibly can,” Ertz said. “In my opinion, he’s a franchise quarterback. He’s a quarterback that can lead you to the playoffs every year. He can put you in contention to win Super Bowls. Who wouldn’t want to play with that? Someone that wants to work on the practice field as much as he wants to shine on Sundays. For me, that’s an easy answer, of course I want to play with him as long as I can.”

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