Carson Wentz isn’t the only Philadelphia Eagles star who could be on his way out of town.
Tight end Zach Ertz is “bracing for a change of scenery via release or trade,” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports. Fowler adds Ertz could be included in a trade involving Wentz, who wants out of Philly after losing the starting quarterback job to Jalen Hurts.
Ertz, 30, is a three-time Pro Bowler and has spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Eagles, who drafted Ertz in the second round (No. 35 overall) in 2013.
While playing in 11 games in 2020, Ertz posted career-lows with 335 yards receiving and just one touchdown — which came in Week 1. Fellow tight end Dallas Goedert had 524 yards receiving with three touchdowns, while Richard Rodgers had 345 yards and two scores.
The Eagles are coming off a miserable 2020 NFL season in which they went 4-11-1, finishing in last place in an NFC East division which Washington won at 7-9. Head coach Doug Pederson was fired just three years after leading the franchise to its first Super Bowl title.
Wentz and Pederson’s relationship reportedly grew untenable as Wentz was benched for Hurts, the second-round rookie, during a Week 13 loss to the Packers. Hurts remained the starter for the rest of the season.
But Pederson’s firing and the hiring of new head coach Nick Sirianni did not change Wentz’s desire for a trade. The Eagles have yet to be satisfied with trade offers they’ve received for Wentz, Pro Football Talk reported, with the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts seen as the two favorites to land the former No. 2 overall pick.
Wentz’s 15 interceptions during the 2020 season were tied with Drew Lock for most in the NFL. The 28-year-old had 2,620 yards, 16 touchdowns and a career-worst 57.4 completion percentage in 12 games.