Today, the Eagles made their second move of the off-season (first was firing Chip Kelly). Now, the Eagles decided to lock up their best offensive weapon in Zach Ertz to a 5 year deal worth $42.5 mil with $20 mil guaranteed. The deal will keep him in Philly through 2021.
Now, with Ertz receiving this deal, it makes him the fourth highest paid tight end in the league based off of average and guaranteed money. The Eagles’ 2015 season in a offensive stand point was horrifying. Every player was inconsistent, which makes me wonder was it from Kelly’s play calling or just the lack of good play from Sam Bradford. It all starts with the head coach and quarterback. This is a quarterback driven league and that is what the Eagles lack.
Meanwhile, Ertz was a second round pick from Stanford back in 2013. Ertz had the best season for an Eagle in 2015, despite those fantasy football lovers that shunned him for lack of big game. The 25-year-old set career-highs with 75 receptions and 853 receiving yards. To go with Ertz’s season, he tallied up only 2 touchdowns and 11.2 yards per catch. Ertz only got 7 starts, despite playing in 15 games. That will change with new head coach, Doug Pederson.
Finally, I think Pederson had something to do with this resigning due to the fact that his best receiving weapon in Kansas City was Travis Kelce (tight end) and the Eagles best weapon is Zach Ertz. Pederson will run the passing game through Zach Ertz. Ertz will be the go to guy in this offense. Ertz has not even reached his full potential. Get him a quarterback and it will be raining touchdowns in Philly. Look out for Ertz to become a top NFL producing tight end with Pederson in town for many years to come.
Note: Ertz caught 35 passes for 450 yards, the highest-yardage total by a tight end in NFL history over the last four weeks of a regular season.