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Zach Ertz Trade Value Revealed

Max Staley
Zach Ertz's 2021 trade value has been revealed by an NFL insider.
Zach Ertz's 2021 trade value has been revealed by an NFL insider. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

It's been widely reported that the Philadelphia Eagles are looking to trade veteran tight end Zach Ertz this offseason. What's been less clear, however, is what his value would be on the trade market.

Viewed as one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the league entering the season, Ertz had a significantly down year in 2020. It wasn't just injuries, either. His per-game numbers were the worst we've seen from him since his rookie campaign in 2013. That makes him very difficult to evaluate.

Zach Ertz Trade Value

But according to reports from Tom Pelissero, the organization is reportedly seeking a third- or fourth-round pick in exchange for the 30-year-old this offseason.

Considering how much uncertainty there is around the Stanford product right now, that's a shockingly high asking price. It's not like Ertz didn't have opportunities last season. He saw 6.55 targets per game, which he turned into an averaged of just 3.27 receptions and 30.5 yards per outing.

That's not encouraging. He'll be turning 31 by mid-season, so it's very possible (if not likely) that his decline was age-related. That would mean the 2020 campaign is the new norm for Ertz, and no one would give up a third- or fourth-round pick if that turns out to be the case.

Still, there are reasons to believe this year was just a fluke. He dealt with injuries, missing five games last season. Prior to that, he had never missed more than two in his NFL career.

And pretty much everything that could've gone wrong for the Eagles' passing attack in 2020 did in fact go wrong. Carson Wentz was terrible. The offensive line fell apart. And it's not like any other Eagles' pass-catcher had a notably great season. It's not completely unrealistic to think Ertz was just a victim of circumstance, not a decline in ability.

But even if a few teams are willing to take that gamble, asking for a third- or fourth-round pick still feels overly optimistic.

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