Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) celebrates his touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles trade veteran TE Zach Ertz to Cardinals

The Philadelphia Eagles traded veteran tight end Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals on Friday in exchange for cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round draft pick.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl LII champion, Ertz had been with the Eagles since 2013 and ranks second in franchise history with 579 receptions — 10 shy of record-holder Harold Carmichael.

Ertz, 30, caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown in a farewell performance Thursday night, a 28-22 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.

“He will always be a member of the Eagles family, not only because of what he accomplished on the field, but also because of the wonderful person, dedicated leader, and exemplary role model that he was for nine seasons in Philadelphia,” Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said.

An emotional Ertz spoke Friday afternoon in Philadelphia.

“What a journey it’s been. What an amazing journey, what an amazing eight-plus years, nine years here,” Ertz said. “Obviously I’m extremely excited to be going to the Arizona Cardinals and play with a team that is rolling right now and be able to add my skill set to that team. Ecstatic about that situation.”

Still, he’s leaving a piece of himself behind.

“This is home. Philadelphia is home,” Ertz continued while choking up. “… I love this place. I’ve said it all along. It was a great opportunity to be here. I loved it here.”

Drafted in the second round out of Stanford in 2013, Ertz finishes his Eagles career with 6,267 yards and 38 touchdowns in 123 games (85 starts). He posted career highs in 2018 with 116 receptions for 1,163 yards and eight scores.

Ertz caught seven passes for 67 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia’s 41-33 victory against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Ertz reportedly was seeking a new contract from the Eagles but has not yet discussed his contract situation with the Cardinals, according to ESPN. He is owed about $5.5 million for the remainder of this season.

Although not eligible to play this Sunday when Arizona (5-0) visits the Cleveland Browns (3-2), Ertz is in line to take over for the injured Maxx Williams. Williams, 27, is out for the season with a knee injury suffered in last Sunday’s 17-10 victory against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cardinals’ tight end depth chart also includes Darrell Daniels and Demetrius Harris.

Dallas Goedert, the Eagles’ other top tight end, missed Thursday night’s game on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Gowan, 23, is a rookie sixth-round pick out of UCF and had yet to play for the Cardinals this season.

–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

Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) runs the ball after making a catch in the fourth quarter against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (24) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles’ Zach Ertz won’t attend voluntary workouts

Philadelphia Eagles fans are continuing to prepare for a future without tight end Zach Ertz, and Ertz is affirming that stance by staying away from the team’s voluntary workouts, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The workouts begin on Tuesday, and Ertz is expected to miss the full offseason program as his uncertain situation finds resolution.

Ertz is seeking to be traded by the team or released.

The Eagles’ options include keeping Ertz and his $12,721,500 cap number for 2021, but neither side was able to make progress toward a contract extension last season.

The Eagles could save $8.5 million in cap space, according to a CBS Sports report, if they designate him as a post-June 1 cut.

As for trade possibilities, the Eagles were aiming to acquire a third- or fourth-round pick for Ertz prior to the draft.

Ertz, 30, had a relatively unproductive 2020 season, catching only 36 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown amid struggles with 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

October 4, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles activate TE Ertz from IR, put OL Johnson on it

The Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday activated tight end Zach Ertz from injured reserve and put offensive lineman Lane Johnson on it.

The team also activated wideout J.J. Arcega-Whiteside from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Ertz has missed the past five games with an ankle injury sustained against Baltimore on Oct. 18. He returned to practice last week.

Ertz has 24 catches for 178 yards and a touchdown this season after being the team’s leading receiver in each of the past four seasons.

Johnson has battled an ankle injury all season and missed Monday night’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Johnson has played seven games – starting each of them — this season but has played 100 percent of the offensive snaps just twice. Johnson said last week his injured ankle “collapsed.”

Arcega-Whiteside has been on the COVID list the past two weeks and was a healthy scratch the game before that. He hasn’t played since Nov. 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.

–Field Level Media

October 4, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles Pederson: TE Ertz unlikely to play vs. Seahawks

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is unlikely to return to action for Monday’s game against the visiting Seattle Seahawks, coach Doug Pederson announced.

Pederson added on Saturday morning that there was “no setback” involving Ertz, who has been sidelined since sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Philadelphia’s 30-28 loss to Baltimore on Oct. 18. Ertz was designated to return from injured reserve last week.

Also on Saturday, Pederson confirmed that Jason Peters will move to right guard and Jordan Mailata to left tackle. The decision comes on the heels of offensive tackle Lane Johnson announcing on Friday that his ankle essentially has collapsed.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Ertz has recorded 24 receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown in six games this season. His average of 7.4 yards per catch serves as a career low.

Ertz has 549 receptions for 5,921 yards with 36 touchdowns in 112 career games since being selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Tight ends Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers will continue to hand the workload on Monday as the Eagles (3-6-1) host the Seahawks (7-3).

–Field Level Media

Dec 22, 2019; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) reacts with after his touchdown catch with wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (19) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles TE Goedert (ankle) to practice

The Philadelphia Eagles designated tight end Dallas Goedert to return from injured reserve on Wednesday.

The move activates a 21-day practice window for Goedert, who fractured his ankle in the Eagles’ 23-23 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 27. He was placed on injured reserve two days later.

The potential return of Goedert would be welcomed by an offense without three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz. Ertz is on injured reserve, sidelined by an ankle injury of his own.

Goedert has 13 receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown in three games this season for the Eagles (2-4-1), who host the Dallas Cowboys (2-5) on Sunday.

Goedert has recorded 104 catches for 1,079 yards and 10 touchdowns in 34 career games since being selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Oct 18, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) reacts on the field after suffering an apparent injury against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles TE Ertz (ankle) out 4-6 weeks

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is expected to miss four to six weeks with an ankle injury, the NFL Network reported on Thursday morning.

Ertz, 29, sustained the injury during Philadelphia’s 30-28 setback to Baltimore on Sunday. The Eagles placed Ertz on injured reserve.

The team also activated offensive lineman Matt Pryor from the Reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of their Thursday night home game against the New York Giants (1-5). Pryor has started three games this season.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Ertz has recorded 24 receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown in six games this season. His average of 7.4 yards per catch serves as a career low.

Ertz has 549 receptions for 5,921 yards with 36 touchdowns in 112 career games since being selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Richard Rodgers presumably will serve as the lead tight end for the Eagles (1-4-1) in their game against the Giants.

Dallas Goedert likely would take over that role when he returns from injured reserve, however.

The Eagles also signed offensive lineman Jamon Brown to the practice squad, one day after cutting him. The Eagles then elevated Brown and defensive tackle T.Y. McGill to the active roster for Thursday’s game. They’ll return to the practice squad immediately after the game.

–Field Level Media

Oct 18, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) reacts on the field after suffering an apparent injury against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles won’t have Ertz or Sanders on Thursday

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is out 3-4 weeks with an ankle injury and running back Miles Sanders will miss Thursday night’s game with a knee injury, ESPN reported Monday.

Both were injured during Sunday’s 30-28 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Philadelphia.

The Eagles (1-4-1) will play host to the New York Giants (1-5) on Thursday night.

Sanders rushed for 118 yards on just nine carries Sunday, including a 74-yard run. Ertz caught four passes (on 10 targets) for 33 yards.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, the 29-year-old Ertz has 24 catches for 178 yards and one touchdown in six games this season.

A second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the 23-year-old Sanders has rushed for 434 yards and three scores in five games. He also has 12 catches for 91 yards.

–Field Level Media

October 4, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (26) during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles’ Sanders, Ertz set for MRIs on Monday

Philadelphia Eagles’ running back Miles Sanders and tight end Zach Ertz are scheduled to undergo MRIs on Monday, according to FOX Sports.

Sanders’ knee injury is considered a greater concern than Ertz’s ankle injury, according to the FOX Sports report. Both were injured in Sunday’s 30-28 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Sanders left the game after being brought down after a 74-yard run in the third quarter. He finished with 118 yards on nine carries, giving him 434 yards on 71 carries in five games this season. Boston Scott, who has 21 carries for 67 yards, would be next in line for the Eagles (1-4-1), who host the New York Giants on Thursday night.

Ertz did not return to the game after being injured early in the fourth quarter. He is tied for the team lead with 24 receptions for 178 yards and one touchdown.

–Field Level Media