Every offseason scouts and front office personnel from every NFL team gather in Mobile, Alabama to watch the Senior Bowl, where college seniors get an additional chance to showcase their skills for the upcoming NFL Draft. While in Alabama, these scouts and team personnel usually chat with each other and with the media/draft personnel that are down there observing the practices. Naturally, this causes some rumors to swirl. Rumors ranging from who teams are focusing on in the draft, all the way to players on current rosters and their futures in the league.
Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline is usually one of the most plugged in media members in Mobile each offseason. He is hearing that Zach Ertz will be wearing a new uniform on Sundays in 2021:
"I was told unequivocally today that tight end Zach Ertz will not play for the Philadelphia Eagles next year. There appears to be some hard feelings how Ertz, a big contributor to the team during their Super Bowl run, was treated last season. Rather than cut Ertz, expect the Eagles to try and trade him. Ertz has two years remaining on his contract."
This rumor started early last season and continued to grow as Ertz's season became derailed due to injuries and lack of production. He still appears to want a new contract to be paid in the same area as Travis Kelce and George Kittle, but it is all but certain that he will not be getting that contract in Philadelphia. Even though he is 30 years old, Ertz should still be a candidate for a trade. Fans should temper their expectations though for a high return. Based on his age and contract demands, it's likely the Eagles can only get a day-two pick for the Super Bowl LII hero, maybe even two day-three selections.
Trading Ertz this offseason would give the Eagles some financial relief. If a trade is able to be manufactured and labeled as a post-June 1st designation, the team will gain $8.2 Million in cap space (just $4.2 Million in dead money). Dallas Goedert would be poised to become the main target in the Eagles' offense in 2021 if a trade is conducted. Although, new Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni is similar to Doug Pederson in that he loves running a 12 personnel offense. The Colts ranked high in the league in using 12 personnel under Sirianni's three seasons as offensive coordinator – ninth in 2018, sixth in 2019, 16th in 2020. Maybe the Eagles will have an eye on Florida tight end (and Philadelphia native) Kyle Pitts, who is expected to be an early first round pick in April's draft...