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Report: Zach Ertz isn’t expected to report for the remainder of the Eagles’ offseason program

Still headed out the door?

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Zach Ertz is not among a group of veteran Eagles players reporting for Phase 2 of Philadelphia’s voluntary spring workouts. The 30-year-old tight end is not expected to attend the remainder of the Eagles’ offseason program, according to the Inquirer.

Some have wondered if the Eagles might just keep Ertz at this point but it seems pretty clear he still wants out. A recap of the Ertz timeline over the course of this offseason:

Given the apparent lack of interest in Ertz, one might think he should want to stay in Philly. He’s set to earn an $8.5 million salary on the last year of his contract in 2021.

Then again, even if he could be convinced to stay (which seems unlikely based on all we’ve heard), the Eagles might not want to keep him around at his $12.7 million cap number when they can cut or trade him to clear $8.5 million after June 1. We might see a resolution to this situation once that date passes. If Ertz is still on the roster when mandatory minicamp begins on June 8, he’ll be subject to being fined if he doesn’t show up.

A handsome reporter asked Sirianni about Ertz’s status during his virtual press conference last week. Here was the exchange:

Q. Just wanted to ask about Zach Ertz. Obviously, Howie Roseman was asked about him during the draft. There’s been speculation that he’s been given permission to seek a trade. Have you personally talked with him and have you stressed that you want him here in Philly? (Brandon Lee Gowton)

NICK SIRIANNI: I’ve talked to Zach, but my conversation with Zach, I’m going to keep that between Zach and I, but let’s just be honest, of course Zach is a great football player. He’s showed that he’s a great football player for a very long time. Man, he’s made a ton of plays. I got to see a ton of tape on Zach. Obviously, when I got here this year and then also in 2018, my first year with the Colts, we watched a ton. So Zach is a heck of a football player, and he’s been a heck of a football player for a long time in this league.

Ertz’s legacy isn’t in doubt. His future with the Eagles still very much is. He still seems to be set on forcing his way out.

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