Zach Ertz: I want to be here for the long run, not sure feeling is mutual

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A report last week indicated that contract talks between the Eagles and tight end Zach Ertz had come to a halt after the team put forth an offer that included less guaranteed money than they had on the table last November.

Ertz is under contract through next season, but he didn’t sound like he expects to play out his current contract. Ertz told reporters that he’s viewing this season as his Philly swan song because he isn’t getting the impression that the Eagles want him on the team as much as he wants to be there.

“I’m an emotional guy when it comes to football. . . . It’s been frustrating at times, it’s been difficult,” Ertz said, via Zach Berman of TheAthletic.com. “I said all along I want be here for the long run. I don’t know if for sure that feeling is mutual. I’m going to play this year like it’s my last year.”

With a season about to start and another year on Ertz’s deal, there’s time for the two sides to come back together for further conversations about an extension. Ertz’s comments make it clear that no one should be surprised if that doesn’t happen, however.

22 responses to “Zach Ertz: I want to be here for the long run, not sure feeling is mutual

  1. Anyone else see the common underlying aspect of all the Eagles problems (Cap issues, bad extensions, leaked stories about coaching issues, changed medical staff, changed strength staff)? Howie Roseman! It is mind boggling how Lurie can’t(or won’t) see this! Roseman gets way too much credit for SB and not enough blame for current situation of roster, which is a mess with little to no depth and horrible drafts!

  2. The Eagles have always taken pride in paying the core of the team and signing guys to long term deals. But the reality is the cap will drop by 20 million next year and the team is already over the Cap. He has two years left on his deal, so he wants an extension at the worst possible time and somehow thinks that means he isn’t valued.

  3. If they really do want to re-sign him that’s a strange negotiating tactic. You can argue the financial climate has changed since November, etc, but no player is going to happily take an offer worse than what you presented to him a few months ago. They’d have been better off just tabling discussions for a while rather than presenting an offer he was sure to find insulting.

  4. Howie Roseman after Ertz leaves: “Well we were in on him but Zach decided to go another direction. We would have beat the offer had we been given a chance.”

  5. Oh boo hoo, you signed a contract, play it, and if it is not renewed, get over yourself and move on. You have an injury history, history proves you will continue to miss games, I would not re-sign you either. Buh-bye…

  6. I’m not mat at him. Get what you can while you can. Granted, the timing isn’t the best with the impending 2021 salary cap crash. Even the “you signed a contract so honor it” people would try to get more pay from their bosses if they had the leverage. Sadly they don’t.

  7. Every player should play every season as if it’s their last season. Every player will some day get old and retire. They should enjoy football while it lasts. All this crying over contracts seems silly. Hire a good agent and let them do the negotiating while you focus on winning.

  8. I don’t agree with ertz’s decision to vent through the media. Technically, he’s under contract through next season. Ertz is about as valuable to Wentz as anyone and you have to think they’ll find common ground. But, venting through the media isn’t the way to get this done. Especially since this really feels like he’s trying to drum up public support because the eagles started at a number lower than they offered last year. I have little sympathy for Ertz right now and I usually find every reason to root for the player during these negotiations. I just think Ertz is handling this badly.

  9. Eagles are in cap hell. Zach you’ll be missed but that’s what happens when a QB sucks up the money. Don’t take it personally.

  10. Given that Howie tried to make him the highest paid TE middle of last year and he turned the deal down, I find Ertz latest stance very disingenuous and he is positioning himself to be the “good guy” in public opinion when he is traded this year by week 6 or in the offseason.

    I’ve said it before, Ertz turned down the deal last year to wait for the other premiere TEs to sign deals so he can use that as leverage to get the top tier WR money he is looking for. He knows the Eagles can’t pay that, so he is making bold statements like this. Staring to get an FU stance on Ertz for this charade he is playing.

  11. The Eagles had every break fall their way culminating with an illegal play that wasn’t called and won a Super Bowl . Since then they have reverted back to a franchise that hovers around the 500 mark in a good year being no threat to come anywhere near another Super Bowl .

  12. shurmanblog says:
    September 10, 2020 at 1:49 pm
    The Eagles had every break fall their way culminating with an illegal play that wasn’t called and won a Super Bowl . Since then they have reverted back to a franchise that hovers around the 500 mark in a good year being no threat to come anywhere near another Super Bowl.

    Keep drinkin’ that haterade. #LII

  13. hurmanblog says:
    September 10, 2020 at 1:49 pm
    The Eagles had every break fall their way culminating with an illegal play that wasn’t called and won a Super Bowl . Since then they have reverted back to a franchise that hovers around the 500 mark in a good year being no threat to come anywhere near another Super Bowl.

    Keep drinkin’ that haterade. #LII
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    Just being honest . The Eagles were 9-7 the last two years after winning the SB . The two years before they went 7-9 . If you can do the math you will see that adds up 32-32 , like I said a 500 team . Outside of their SB win they haven’t advanced past the wild card except once which was a loss in the divisional round in over a decade . Again just being honest here the Eagles aren’t a threat to win a SB .

  14. Sorry Zach. You are expendable if you want to be like this. Team is up against the cap. If you wanna be “for the team,” then do it. If you want to make a big deal an not finish out your contract, good luck. You will get paid somewhere if the Eagles release you in the offseason.

    Maybe restructure?

  15. Pats fan obviously was not around to watch a dumpster fire for decades (85 AFC was horrid and continued to be – see Broncos in 3 SBs if proof is needed). Welcome back to nowhere. BB great coach but still only mediocre in the biggest game and bags and falcons chokes padded that total.

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