Zach Ertz and Howie Roseman got into “a very heated discussion” after Philadelphia Eagles practice one day this past week, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Here’s all what RapSheet shared:
“Tensions have been raised about the Zach Ertz contract situation. Remember, recently the two sides broke off extension talks and Ertz publicly wondered this week ‘Do the Eagles want him around after this year?’
Well, it got even more interesting. I’m told late after one practice this week, Zach Ertz and general manager Howie Roseman got into it, a very heated discussion, I’m told. One that was witnessed by several players. An airing of grievances of sorts with some of that frustration coming out right into the open.
Now, these two men are professionals, surely they can focus on their jobs, but obviously this makes Zach Ertz’s future even more up in the air.”
Indeed, Ertz openly expressed frustration with the Eagles during a press conference earlier this week.
“It’s been frustrating at times,” he said. “It’s been difficult. I’m going to play like this is my last year. I’m going to leave it all out there. It shouldn’t be that difficult to get a deal done.”
Ertz is well within his rights to voice his displeasure. But the Eagles are also well within theirs to hold firm on his contract considering he has two years remaining on his current deal.
As we’ve previously written on multiple occasions, the Eagles should be in no rush to pay Ertz because they should be using this season to gather more information.
The Eagles should see how the 2020 season plays out. Maybe the Eagles look to trade Ertz in 2021 if Goedert shows he’s capable of handling an even bigger role. Or maybe the Eagles decide they should keep both — an outcome the organization internally believes is at least possible — if their 12 personnel package proves to be very successful. Gathering data from the upcoming campaign can help the team decide what to do after the year is over.
But clearly Ertz doesn’t appreciate the team’s patient approach and he’s making it known. Probably not an ideal situation to have one of the Eagles’ best talents and the GM arguing in front of other players.