On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Eagles reported to training camp, which means there are no more offseason moves to fret over, but it also means there are no more offseason moves to fret over. As a result, the Eagles will enter camp with their starting offense and starting defense intact, and as a result, Chip Kelly and his staff will have to make some tough decisions on which players to keep on the 53-man roster, and which ones to make available via waivers.
Eagles fans are used to coming up short in the Super Bowl. Since the franchise’s inception in 1933, it has never won the NFL championship. But in last month’s NFC Championship game, a win that will be forever remembered as the “Snow Game” with a blizzard hitting Philadelphia, the team pulled off the unthinkable.
It seemed inevitable that veteran Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz would play his last game in midnight green once the 2020 NFL season ended. With all of the youthful talent on the offense, the club is beginning to rebuild, and a 30-year-old Ertz doesn’t exactly fit that pattern.
However, after an offseason marred by trade speculations and Ertz’s radio silence, the newest surprising news from Eagles camp has supporters eager to welcome him back.
Zach Ertz has already spoken his goodbyes to the Eagles.
Prior to a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz grins | Getty Images/Mitchell Leff
Last season, Ertz appeared to know it was done as he walked off Lincoln Financial Field for the final time in January. After everyone had left the stadium, the tight end remained on the sideline with Carson Wentz and Jason Kelce for almost an hour. At the moment, it seemed to be the last farewell for a group who had planned to part ways this winter.
The following day, with tears pouring down his cheeks, Ertz held an emotional news conference in which he thanked the city of Philadelphia.
“I believe this is the greatest city in which to play. Ertz stated, “I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.” “This city has a special place in my heart. It means a great deal to me. I’m grateful.”
Since that day, trade whispers have swirled around the franchise leader in tight end receptions. Over the last several months, the Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, and others have all shown interest in Ertz, but no club has been able to make a move.
For the first time in his nine-year NFL career, Ertz missed the Eagles’ voluntary exercise program in May, indicating that he intended to maintain his distance from the team as they worked out a contract. But it’s been two months and they still haven’t done so.
Ertz is likely to attend Eagles training camp, and there is a “good possibility” he will remain in Philadelphia.
Latest on #Eagles Zach Ertz. I know hear there is a great chance Ertz will be on team at start of season. Been told Zach will be there at start of training camp Tuesday. Zach has been working out in team facility for close to last 2 weeks with teammates. He’s over the issues.
July 21, 2021 — Howard Eskin (@howardeskin)
While Eagles supporters wait for word on whether Ertz has been traded to a contender, an unexpected report from training camp has totally altered the scenario. Howard Eskin of 94 WIP and Fox 29 posted an update on the tight end on Thursday that should make Philadelphia supporters happy.
Eskin stated, “I (now) hear there is a good possibility Ertz will be on the squad at the start of the season.” “It’s been confirmed that Zach will be there for the start of training camp on Tuesday. Zach has been working out with colleagues in the team facilities for almost two weeks. He’s moved on from the problems.”
Ertz seemed to be as much of a goner as Wentz going into the summer, but there’s a good chance he’ll be back in dark green to start the season. What a wonderful — and unexpected — turn of events for Philadelphia.
Is it preferable for the Eagles to trade or retain Zach Ertz?
There have been seven games in which a #Eagles player has recorded 13 or more receptions.
Zach Ertz has a total of FOUR of them.
Ertz is just 29 receptions away from breaking Harold Carmichael’s club record for most catches. pic.twitter.com/Xr8ESR4f9k
July 17, 2021 — Jeff Kerr (@JeffKerrCBS)
So, Ertz will be in Eagles training camp next Tuesday, and he may end up being on the roster for Week 1. But, if a trade is still a possibility, do Eagles fans really want the veteran tight end back?
Yes, in a word.
The Eagles’ offense is filled with inexperienced guys who are still learning how to thrive in the NFL. Jalen Hurts (22), Miles Sanders (24), Jalen Reagor (22), DeVonta Smith (22), and Dallas Goedert (26) all need a seasoned presence to help them learn the ropes and bail them out in stressful situations with third-down receptions and smart pass protection.
Ertz has the potential to be that person.
Unless the Eagles get a game-changing trade package in the coming weeks, they should do everything possible to work out a deal with Ertz and retain him on the roster in 2021.
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