Fowler explains that while Ertz has been available all offseason, the Eagles have made it clear they’re seeking significant compensation and so far have not blinked.
At least three teams that need help at tight end have looked into acquiring Ertz, but so far haven’t been willing to pay Philadelphia’s asking price, per Fowler.
Although the Eagles would save $8.5 million instead of $4.9 million by cutting Ertz now that it’s after June 1, Fowler says it’s unlikely the Eagles outright release him.
It becomes easier for teams to acquire Ertz via trade after today as well with several teams due to receive an influx of cap space from June 1 cuts, which is why Ertz’s market could heat up again.
Ertz is entering the final year of his contract in 2021 and has been vocal about wanting either a new deal or a new team. He has not attended OTAs so far and that’s not expected to change.
The Eagles granted the veteran tight end permission to seek a trade but so far they haven’t found any offers appealing enough to make a move. They’re believed to be seeking a third or fourth-round pick.
Ertz, 30, is a former second-round pick of the Eagles back in 2013. He’s in the final year of his six-year, $43.64 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed.
Ertz stands to make a base salary of $8.25 million for the 2021 season.
In 2020, Ertz appeared in 11 games for the Eagles and caught 36 passes for 335 yards receiving and one touchdown.
We’ll have more regarding Ertz as the news is available.