By Michael Grimm
First, Eagles boy wonder GM Howie Roseman overrated quarterback Carson Wentz’s trade value and he had to settle for a No.3 pick in 2021 and a first- or second-round pick from the Colts in trade.
Now, Roseman’s doing the same thing with tight end Zach Ertz.
Ertz reportedly has been seeking a trade for almost a month. The Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks have been rumored among those interested.
The Eagles, however, haven’t budged as they seek draft-pick compensation for the 30-year-old veteran who is playing on the last year of his contract.
“The Eagles insist they will not release their three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz, and with multiple teams having shown interest in a trade, I’m told that Ertz is growing increasingly impatient with the team to get something done,” NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reported yesterday. “To this point, the price has just been too high for other teams.”
Pelissero reported Roseman was holding out for a draft pick in either the third or fourth round. He is due $8.5 million base salary for the 2021 season, but is coming off an injury-hindered season in which he played just 11 games.
“It’s hard to get that type of draft pick compensation,” Pelisserro added. “So, while the Eagles are insistent they would be happy to have Ertz on their roster in 2021 — remember his good friend Carson Wentz already traded away to the Colts — (it) certainly sounds as if Ertz is eager for a fresh start here.”
Ertz, of course, remains under contract. It means the start of the league’s legal tampering period today, and free agency beginning Wednesday, don’t have the same impact on him as it does free agents.