The Philadelphia Eagles have officially given TE Zach Ertz the option to seek a trade partner, meaning Ertz and his agent will discuss with interested teams on not only a trade, but an extension.
Truthfully, the only reason Ertz is being traded in the first place is because of the contract dispute he has had with the front office.
Ertz, 30, has been a key part of the Eagles offense in his eight NFL seasons, making three Pro Bowls.
The star led the Eagles with 74 catches and 824 receiving yards during the team’s 2017 Super Bowl-winning campaign while adding eight touchdowns.
Here are some trade scenarios that could pry Zach Ertz free, and onto a new squad.
The Eagles already decided their best viable option for Carson Wentz was to explore a trade, which they ended up doing with the Colts just a month ago. Philadelphia finds themselves in a familiar situation, with an unhappy player on roster that they will have to deal sooner or later. The Colts make a lot of sense for Ertz and they can reunite Wentz and his top target together to make things more comfortable for the new-comers. That connection could become lethal once again in a system both Wentz and Ertz had career seasons in.
Fit Grade: B+
The Cardinals have been making several moves through free agency so far, the biggest being JJ Watt landing in Arizona. It should be a priority however to surround star QB Kyler Murray with some more offensive weapons. Yes, DeAndre Hopkins is a top-three receiver, but he cannot catch every ball, on every play. Adding Ertz gives Kyler a perfect safety blanket to fall back on.
Fit Grade: B-
Seattle has been pretty quiet this offseason outside of Russell Wilson’s frustrations with the team. It would be nice to add offensive line help to support Wilson, but adding a veteran weapon can increase Seattle chances of a better record come playoff time.
Fit Grade: C
Green Bay Packers
The Packers have been in the market for another offensive weapon for a couple seasons now, and the second and third guys on roster are not cutting if for reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers already made a star out of 28-year-old TE Robert Tonyan, he can easily resurrect Ertz and his career.
Fit Grade: A
Joe Burrow was out most of last season with a ruptured knee where he tore ligaments in both had ACL and MCL, so he will need some help if Cincinnati wants him to have a steady comeback. Prior to injury, Burrow looked solid to the point where he was favorited for Rookie of the Year honors. Adding Ertz to this offense could help open the field for young receiver Tee Higgins and others.
Fit Grade: B
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers recently lost TE Hunter Henry to the New England Patriots via free agency. Justin Herbert did not heavily rely on a specific player on offense, but having Henry was a solid asset. Bringing in Zach Ertz could make or break LA and their offense in the long run. Ertz and his veteran presence helps as well.
Fit Grade: C+
Atalanta owns the forth overall pick in this years draft and could lean towards adding Kyle Pitts or another receiver for Matt Ryan. Whether Pitts is taken by Atlanta or not, Ertz could help this Atalanta offense stay consistent late in games; something they have struggled with for several seasons now. Atlanta isn’t Ertz best option, but it could make sense for the Falcons roster.
Fit Grade: C