REPORT: Zach Ertz Turned Down Extension That Would Have Made Him Highest-Paid TE in NFL

The expectation should still be that Ertz will be an Eagle for 2020 and beyond, but for now, it sounds like it might be some time before we hear about an extension. tt, and Rick Lovato. The mentality of keeping Eagles players in their midnight green uniforms has extended into the offseason as well, re-signing guys like Hassan Ridgeway, Jalen Mills, Rodney McLeod, and Nate Sudfeld.

During the season, Zach Ertz was on Roseman's to-do list. However, it sounds like they were far apart on a middle ground. NFL Network's Michael Silver is reporting that Ertz turned down an extension during the season that was more lucrative than Austin Hooper’s 4-year/$44 million deal that was just signed at the beginning of free agency.

Now that a market has been set in place (Hooper and Hunter Henry are the highest-paid tight ends in the league), it could make it easier for both parties to figure out a money figure. Ertz's party might be willing to wait a little longer before signing a contract, as both Travis Kelce and George Kittle could re-set the market for the highest-paid tight ends in football. Obviously the Eagles will want to avoid that happening, but for now they known they will need to offer Ertz something more than $11 Million/year.


What wasn't reported was the guaranteed money in the original offer from the Eagles. Guaranteed money is a huge factor in these market-setting deals, especially for a guy like Ertz who will be turning 30 years old during the season.

The expectation should still be that Ertz will be an Eagle for 2020 and beyond. For now though, it sounds like it might be some time before we hear about an extension.

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