3 Most Likely Zach Ertz Free Agent Destinations
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz called Philadelphia "the best city to play for" at his emotional press conference Monday. The eight year veteran made three straight Pro Bowls starting in 2017. He hopes to stay with the Eagles, but the business of football will likely win out as Philadelphia is able to save roughly $4.5 million in cap by cutting Ertz before the 2021 season. The Eagles also have top TE Dallas Goedert under his rookie deal contract for less money.
Ertz has been a reliable and productive pro, but his numbers fell off in 2020, playing in 11 games and turning 72 targets into just 36 catches for 336 yards 1 one touchdown .
The Eagles as a whole disappointed in 2020, though, and Ertz could still have plenty left in the tank at just 30 years old. Here are three teams that could take a shot on the veteran in free agency.
1. Dallas Cowboys
Dalton Schultz filled in pretty well for the injured Blake Jarwin in 2020, with 63 receptions for 615 yards and 4 touchdowns, but the Dallas Cowboys could still use an upgrade at the position. Dak Prescott is already surrounded by weapons at RB and WR, and adding a strong receiving tight end like Ertz could have this offense bordering on unstoppable. Eagles fans might not like to see Ertz stay within the NFC East, but the landing spot would make a ton of sense.
2. Buffalo Bills
Led by Josh Allen's breakout, the Buffalo Bills exploded as one of the NFL's best offenses (ranking No. 3 with 288 passing yards per game) in 2020. But they still lack a proven tight end. Buffalo has a pair of young tight ends in Tyler Kroft and Dawson Knox, but neither of them hit even 25 receptions or 300 yards in 2020. Ertz would be an immediate asset for an already explosive offense.
3. Arizona Cardinals
Tight end has historically been a forgotten position for the Arizona Cardinals, especially under Kliff Kingsbury. That could change by adding Ertz, however. Ertz isn't just any tight end, often playing more like a wide receiver. He does a good job of using leverage and footwork to create separation on his routes and performs well in contested-catch situations when the separation isn’t there. Remember in 2018 he set an NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end with 116. Maxx Williams and Dan Arnold certainly don't offer nearly as much as Ertz does as a receiver, and adding a reliable weapon for short to intermediate passes like Ertz could be a huge boon for Kyler Murray.
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