12:54 PM ET
Tim McManusESPN Employees Author
PHILADELPHIA — Eagles tight finish Zach Ertz, pissed off over contract talks with the crew, stated he desires to stay in Philadelphia for the remainder of his profession however would not “know for positive whether or not the sensation is mutual.”
The Eagles and Ertz’s representatives have twice engaged in extension talks — final November after which once more in August after George Kittle and Travis Kelce obtained new offers — however have been unable to bridge a large divide on anticipated compensation.
Kittle inked a five-year, $75 million cope with the San Francisco 49ers; Kelce agreed to a four-year, $57 million extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. Ertz has two years remaining on his present deal, which pays him $8.5 million on common.
“I do not wish to get into the precise particulars, however I do not suppose it must be that tough to get a deal carried out now,” Ertz stated. “On the identical time, now that the season is beginning, I am unable to actually concentrate on that. Throughout coaching camp, it type of bought the very best of me a day or two, and I actually simply needed to discuss to some individuals and reset my thoughts and lean into my religion that I actually cannot management the scenario and I will belief within the Lord on this factor whether or not it should Philly — hopefully, I wish to be right here — or wherever it’s.
“I am simply going to do no matter I can to assist the crew, and I couldn’t be extra excited going into this yr. I’ve by no means felt higher going right into a soccer season.”
Ertz, 29, is a bit more than a yr youthful than Kelce and three years older than Kittle. He has extra catches by way of the primary seven seasons of his profession (525) than every other tight finish in NFL historical past and is the one tight finish within the league who has led his crew in each catches and receiving yards in every of the previous 4 seasons. Ertz, who caught the profitable landing in Tremendous Bowl LII, wants 66 receptions to go Corridor of Famer Harold Carmichael for essentially the most in franchise historical past. Amongst all receivers over the previous three seasons, Ertz ranks sixth in catches (278), ninth in receiving touchdowns (22) and 14th in receiving yards (2,903).
One other wrinkle within the scenario is the presence of tight finish Dallas Goedert, the previous second-round decide whom the Eagles are excessive on. His rookie contract additionally runs by way of 2021.
Ertz has stated he believes he is in the identical tier as Kelce and Kittle. Underneath his present deal, his compensation just isn’t of their ballpark.
“I wish to be right here,” Ertz stated. “We have now roots right here now. That is dwelling. I’ll by no means take into consideration taking part in in one other jersey till that point had been to return.”