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Signing Ertz A Priority This Offseason
Friday, Jan. 22
According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ Advance Media on Friday, the Eagles are expected to make Ertz an offer for a new deal "soon."
During his three years in the NFL, Ertz has only seen his numbers go up. In 2015, he put up career highs with 75 receptions for 853 yards.
He was one of the most consistent members of an Eagles offense that was anything but under Chip Kelly.
And under new head coach Doug Pederson, his game could improve even more. As the former offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, Pederson's unit targeted tight end Travis Kelce 187 times over the past two seasons, per Shorr-Parks.
"If Pederson brings a similar offense to the Eagles that the Chiefs ran, Ertz could have a career year right before he hits free agency, and his price tag could skyrocket," Shorr-Parks wrote.
That would mean signing Ertz this offseason could save Philadelphia a lot of money down the road.
However, Ertz's production will rely on the quarterback under center, which is a question mark right now in Philadelphia.
Per ESPN's Jim Trotter, via Ryan Phillips of The Big Lead, free agent quarterback Sam Bradford's agent Tom Condon asked the Eagles for $25 million a year in his client's new contract. For a quarterback that threw 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a 7-9 team in 2015, that's a steep asking price.
If the Eagles and Bradford can't meet somewhere in the middle, then Philadelphia will have to find a new arm to deliver the ball to Ertz in Pederson's new offense.
But for one of the better tight ends in the league that seems to be entering the prime of his career, it's better for the Eagles to lock up their man now instead of risking the chance of him walking in free agency, no matter what kind of numbers he puts up next season.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com