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Zach Ertz Rumors: TE Didn't Report to Eagles' Voluntary Workouts amid Trade Buzz

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 17, 2021

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Philadelphia Eagles veteran tight end Zach Ertz did not report to the team's voluntary workouts on Monday, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer

Per McLane, Ertz "isn’t expected to report for the remainder of the offseason program or until his situation is resolved (read: he’s traded or released)."

Ertz, 30, is a three-time Pro Bowler and has been one of Philadelphia's most consistent weapons since being selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft. But he had the least productive season of his career in 2020, setting career lows in receptions (36), receiving yards (335), touchdowns (one) and games played (11). 

With the Eagles moving on from quarterback Carson Wentz and setting themselves up for a rebuild around younger players like quarterback Jalen Hurts, running back Miles Sanders and wideout DeVonta Smith, it feels as though Ertz's time with the Birds has come to a close. 

In March, reports emerged that the Eagles had granted him permission to seek a trade, though nothing has materialized to this point. And the Eagles don't seem inclined to simply release Ertz, despite his significant cap hit ($12.7 million in 2021) likely making it harder to deal him:

Zach Berman @ZBerm

Roseman on Ertz: "Zach's a really good player and really good person. He's under contract... This isn't a guy in the twilight of his career. He's still in his prime. ...We feel really good about the kind of player he is, and we've got to do what's best for our team."

The Eagles probably would be fine bringing Ertz back for another year, giving Hurts a pair of solid tight ends to work with—Dallas Goedert has emerged as an excellent weapon as well. 

But if the right deal comes along, the Eagles aren't going to say no. Until it does, don't expect to see Ertz around the team. Where things will get very interesting is if no deals materialize heading into training camp. 

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