Eagles Exercise Zach Ertz's 2021 Option

Zach Ertz isn't going anywhere soon other than the endzone in Philadelphia, as it was reported that the team is exercising the option in his contract to keep him on the team for next year's 2021 campaign.

Earlier this week it was reported that Howie Roseman offered Ertz a contract extension during the season, which would have made him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL. Ertz turned the deal down. It appears to have been a good move for Ertz so far, as Austin Hooper has become the highest-paid tight end in the league, and everyone knows Ertz's skillset is lightyears ahead of Hooper. The longtime Eagle is likely to wait for other star tight ends like Travis Kelce and George Kittle to receive big extensions so that he can be paid in the ballparks range they end up setting.

There is no need to panic about a long-term deal getting done with #86, as this option in his contract ensures he will be an Eagle for (at least) the next two seasons. In those upcoming seasons, Ertz has a real chance of setting some team records. He currently has 525 career receptions, just 65 away from passing Harold Carmichael (589) for the most in team history. His 5,743 receiving yards has him sitting 5th in team history, and with 3,236 more yards, he will overtake Carmichael (8.978) for the most as an Eagle. With 35 career touchdowns, he is unlikely to unseat Carmichael (79) for the most in team history, but with just 13 more scores he will cement himself in the top-five in that category.


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