Sep 12, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) runs against Atlanta Falcons safety Duron Harmon (21) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles TE Zach Ertz tests positive for COVID-19

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was placed on the COVID/reserve list on Monday.

There is ample time for Ertz to get back in the fold, as Philadelphia plays the Dallas Cowboys on “Monday Night Football” to end Week 3.

Ertz would require two negative tests 24 hours apart to be cleared medically under the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols for vaccinated players. Ertz has discussed his decision to be vaccinated publicly.

Dallas Goedert has worked his way ahead of Ertz in the Eagles’ tight end rotation.

Ertz had one reception for six yards Sunday in a the Eagles’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He caught two passes for 34 yards in the opener at Atlanta.

–Field Level Media

Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) takes the field against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

TE Zach Ertz feels love in Philly again, wants to stay

His relationship with the team “mended” and stronger than ever, tight end Zach Ertz plans to stay in Philadelphia as long as the Eagles will have him.

In a reversal from a strong springtime demand to be traded, Ertz said Wednesday he feels great physically and wants to commit to being with the franchise after apologies were made.

“This is the place I want to be, this is the place I want to retire,” Ertz said via Zoom. “I’m moving on from everything that happened this offseason. There have been apologies.”

The Eagles opted to keep Ertz and his $12,721,500 cap number for 2021 when minimal progress was made in trade talks, per reports.

The Eagles could have saved $8.5 million in cap space if they designated him as a post-June 1 cut.

Ertz said he hasn’t been this excited to come to work “in a long time.”

Ertz had a relatively unproductive 2020 season, catching only 36 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown while fighting an ankle injury.

A second-round pick of the Eagles in 2013 (35th overall), Ertz has more than 300 receptions and 3,000 yards – with 23 touchdowns – since the 2017 season began.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 36 touchdowns, 561 catches and 6,078 yards in 117 games (82 starts) over his eight seasons.

Ertz is a football hero in Philadelphia, having caught the fourth-quarter TD pass to put the team ahead during its Super Bowl LII win over the New England Patriots.

–Field Level Media

Jan 5, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) before action against the Seattle Seahawks in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

TE Ertz uncertain Eagles want him in Philly

Zach Ertz said he is preparing to play the 2020 season as if it will be his last with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ertz and the Eagles broke off contract talks and he has two years remaining on his current contract.

Thursday, Ertz said he would love to finish his career with the Eagles, adding “I don’t know for sure if that feeling is mutual.”

Ertz said he doesn’t believe a deal should be difficult to complete even with a newly set market at the position.

In August, the San Francisco 49ers signed George Kittle to a five-year, $75 million extension ($40 million guaranteed), and the Kansas City Chiefs and Travis Kelce agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million deal ($20.75 million guaranteed). Austin Hooper inked a four-year, $42 million contract ($23 million guaranteed) with the Cleveland Browns in March.

Ertz, 29, has two years remaining on a five-year, $42.5 million contract he signed in January 2016. He is due to make $6.66 million this year.

The offer Ertz turned down in November was worth more than the contract Hooper signed, NFL Network’s Mike Silver reported after the Hooper signing in March.

In speaking with the media in August, Ertz said he thought he was among the elite tight ends in the NFL.

“I do consider myself in … that same tier with all those guys,” he said on a Zoom call with reporters in the aftermath of the Kittle and Kelce deals. “I don’t mean any disrespect, but I think a lot of guys in this building feel the same way about me. I’m never in the business of comparing people. I think all three of us are at the top of our games, and I think we’re all perfect in the offense that we play in, honestly. I think we all have unique skill sets. We’re all very different, with some similarities. But overall I don’t think my game is any less than any of their games.”

Ertz is expected to pass Harold Carmichael in 2020 as the most prolific pass catcher in Eagles history.

In his first seven seasons in the NFL — all with the Eagles — Ertz has 525 catches for 5,743 yards with 35 touchdowns in 106 games (71 starts). He is a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

Carmichael had 589 career catches.

–Field Level Media