Eagles, Zach Ertz again talking about contract extension

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The Eagles have re-opened contract talks with tight end Zach Ertz‘s representation, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

After the 49ers signed George Kittle to a five-year, $75 million extension and the Chiefs signed Travis Kelce to a four-year, $57 million extension, Ertz appeared the next tight end in line for a megadeal.

Austin Hooper initially reset the tight end market this offseason by signing a four-year, $42 million contract with the Browns in free agency.

Ertz, 29, signed a five-year deal worth $42.5 million with $20 million in guarantees soon after the 2015 season. He was the fourth-highest paid tight end at the time, and his yearly average of $8.5 million now ranks seventh.

Ertz is set to make $6.66 million this season and $8.25 million in 2021.

“I do consider myself in that upper echelon of guys,” Ertz said earlier this month, via Mike Kaye of NJ.com. “In that same tier with all those guys. I don’t mean any disrespect, but I think a lot of guys [at the NovaCare Complex] feel the same way about me.”

Ertz has 356 catches for 3,719 yards and 26 touchdowns the past four seasons.

6 responses to “Eagles, Zach Ertz again talking about contract extension

  1. I can see Ertz getting either 4 yrs @ 50 mil with 30 mil of it guaranteed or 5 yrs @ 60-65 mil with the same guarantees.

    There aren’t many on the Eagles I’d consider “ indispensable “ outside of Wentz but Ertz has been his security blanket since Carson broke in and it’s reasonable to assume that, alone, will be enough to get this deal done.

    There’s a lot of talk about Ertz getting traded or allowing him to walk via free agency with Goddert waiting in the wings. I can’t see that happening. He’s too valuable and too dependable to Wentz.

  2. Ertz first few seasons were a little underwhelming. For about 4-5 years now he’s been a top dog with Kittle, Kelce and a healthy Gronk. 8mil a year is a steal for this guy. It’ll be interesting to see what Howie offers. He’s definitely a closer in these situations

  3. You’d imagine the number is going to need to be in the ballpark of Kelce’s around $14m/ year. It will be interesting to see if they get it done. That’s a heck of a lot of money for a TE. But if anyone on the Eagles offense has earned it, it’s Ertz.

  4. WOW, what is wrong with the Eagles management? They are currently set to be $51.3mil over the cap for next season and that isn’t even taking into consideration the cap dropping to $175mil from the projected $215mil, that puts them at $91.3mil over the cap for next season and they just keep signing players to huge contracts, BRILLIANT!

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