By Teddy Brenner
If you were paying attention at all to the Eagles 2020 season you know that long-tight end Zach Ertz is getting ready to change jerseys.
Ertz knows he won’t be back, as he tearfully answered a question about what playing in front of the Eagles fans has meant to him since he arrived as a second-round pick in 2013.
Ertz, who’s eligible for free agency after 2021, counts $12.5 million against the cap if he’s still on the team. SI.com reported Sunday that the Eagles discussed trading Ertz with both the Seahawks and the Colts.
It’s unlikely the Eagles could get much in return for Ertz, unless they package him with someone like left tackle Andre Dillard, the Eagles’ first-round pick in 2019 who’s still on his rookie contract.
That is possible, but it’s more likely that the Eagles would release Ertz, allowing him to choose and sign a long-term deal with a new team. It would be similar to what the Eagles did last year with Malcolm Jenkins, and what the Houston Texans did last week in releasing star defensive lineman J.J. Watt.
Cap savings: $4.7 million.