It's only a couple of months into the NFL offseason and tight end Zach Ertz's relationship with the Philadelphia Eagles continues to crumble. Ertz, who requested a trade earlier this year, is not showing up to the team's voluntary offseason workouts. Eagles reporter Jeff McLane even tweeted out that the tight end isn't expected to report for the rest of the voluntary offseason program while he hopes to be traded or released.
Ertz had a disappointing 2020 campaign, catching 36 passes for 335 receiving yards and a single touchdown. However, if a team believes that he can bounce back, they may be willing to take the risk. After all, if Ertz can become an 800-plus receiving yard tight end again, it's a win all around.
Here's a look at three likely trade destinations for Ertz.
Zach Ertz Trade Rumors
3. Arizona Cardinals
From one bird team to another, Ertz would make for a good fit with the Arizona Cardinals. The team lost tight end Dan Arnold in free agency to the Carolina Panthers and Maxx Williams may not have what it takes to be the No. 1 tight end. That's why it makes sense for the Cardinals to target Ertz. An offense featuring him, DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and Christian Kirk would give QB Kyler Murray several quality options to look for. If management wants to take its team to the next level, trading for Ertz should be on the table.
2. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills are already one of the best teams in the AFC. However, that doesn't mean that they can't improve more. If they want to compete with a team like the Kansas City Chiefs, they could use Ertz's services. The three-time Pro-Bowler would instantly become the top tight end on their depth chart or at least create a three-head monster with Dawson Knox and Jacob Hollister. Being able to catch passes from a quarterback of Josh Allen's caliber would also be a boost for Ertz and might be the start to getting his career back on track.
1. Indianapolis Colts
Most people who try to predict where Ertz will end up often have the Indianapolis Colts at the top of their list. It just makes that much sense. For starters, Ertz already has experience playing with Colts QB Carson Wentz from their time in Philadelphia. Head coach Frank Reich was also Ertz's offensive coordinator when the Eagles won the Super Bowl, so he may know exactly what to do to help the 2018 first-team All-Pro tight end get back on track. The Colts are on the brink of becoming AFC contenders and if acquiring Ertz helps both him and Wentz reach their potential, it'll be worth the cost.
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