The tight end market recently broke out in August, and Zach Ertz may finally receive the cash he deserves. Teams were able to obtain elite tight ends for cheap and the market for them was terrible, but that has suddently changed.
If you’ve been living under a rock lately, there have been massive contract extensions in the NFL. Ertz’s potential lucrative contract would follow the San Francisco 49ers extending George Kittle's contract for five years and worth $75 Million, and the Kansas City Chiefs extending Travis Kelce’s for four years, worth $57 Million. Back in March Austin Hooper initially reset the market for tight ends by signing a four year, $42 million deal with the Cleveland Browns in free agency,but Kelce and Kittle’s deals exceeded that contract and have opened the opportunity for the Eagles to give the money that Zach Ertz wants (and deserves).
Ertz is signed through 2021, but it appears that Ertz’s camp is putting pressure on the team to get a deal done sooner, and I don't blame them. He has created an on-field bond with Carson Wentz, helping produce elite stats that have Ertz on his way to outperform Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez. Though a deal does not appear close at the moment, the Eagles would be fools for not signing Ertz to a long-term deal.
His stats should speak for itself: he has more catches in one season than any other tight end in NFL history, 35 career touchdowns, and over 5,000 career yards, and already ranks 13th in NFL history among tight ends with 525 career receptions (and he’s not even 30 yet). Ertz is also 65 catches away from surpassing Harold Carmichael and breaking the Eagles franchise record for receptions.
The tight end market recently broke out in August, and Zach Ertz may finally receive the cash he deserves. Teams were able to obtain elite tight ends for cheap and the market for them was terrible, but that has suddenly changed.