The Eagles are pretty thin at the tight end position at the moment. Even with the possibility that Dallas Goedert is back this week or next, the lack of depth at tight end was highlighted when Grant Calcaterra was sidelined with a concussion, leaving just two other TEs on the roster. There weren’t any interesting or immediate options up until it was reported that Zach Ertz requested his release from the Cardinals, and the team is granting his request.
Trying new things in retirement, so let’s steal @AdamSchefter job for a day...— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) November 30, 2023
TE Zach Ertz has requested & been granted his release from the Arizona Cardinals.
The 3-Time Pro Bowler plans to sign with a contender and make a run at his 2nd Super Bowl ring.
(This is easy Adam) pic.twitter.com/pK4qCcCfay
Ertz will still have to make it through waivers — meaning 29 other teams — before being able to claim their former draft pick. That’s not entirely out of the question as Ertz has dealt with his share of injuries late in his career.
Still, despite the injuries, he’s been one of the bright spots on the Cardinals offense, and is consistently a factor, even if he’s not as explosive as he used to be. He played in 28 games over 2.5 seasons, recording 1,167 yards on 130 catches and 8 touchdowns.
The TE had an emotional goodbye to the Eagles and city of Philadelphia when he was traded in 2021, but was emphatic about how much he loved playing for the team and how much Philly was his home. He also joked about how he might come back just so he can get those additional 12 catches for the record books. I wrote:
“Ertz said he wasn’t upset about being just 11 catches shy of the all-time TE record for the organization, and joked that maybe he’ll end up coming back, getting 12 catches and taking over the top spot — but, he noted that if you were to have told him nine years ago he’d end up the No. 2 all-time tight end leader for the Eagles, that would have been pretty incredible.”
Ertz was such a great member of this team, both as someone who was super productive on the field, and someone who was a great leader and active member of the community. If he’s willing to accept a different role than he had during his initial tenure, it would be really great to bring him home to Philly for at least the rest of the 2023 season.
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