Seahawks and Colts Had Talks with Eagles about Zach Ertz Trade

Zach Ertz in 2019. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/Shutterstock

After putting quarterback Carson Wentz on the trade market, the Philadelphia Eagles seem to be focused on parting ways with Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz now.

Multiple reports say that several teams showed interest in Ertz in recent weeks and that the Eagles are happy to take calls and listen to offers. The two teams that already had exploratory talks for the 30-year-old veteran are reportedly the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts, according to Sports Illustrated’s Ed Kracz.

Ertz was already on the trade market last season after he and the organization couldn’t come to terms with a new deal. The Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers made offers to Philly at the time, but the veteran suffered an injury that nixed a potential move.

The Indianapolis Colts seem like a natural fit for Zach Ertz, considering that former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich is now a head coach there. The Colts are reportedly thinking about trading for Carson Wentz as well, so making a package deal could work for all parties included.

The Seattle Seahawks, on the other hand, need a No. 1 tight end after Greg Olsen decided to retire at the end of the 2020 campaign. Their current TE situation isn’t great, so adding a proven player in Ertz seems like a logical step.

Ertz emerged as one of the league’s best tight ends between 2017 and 2019. He earned three consecutive Pro Bowl nods during that period while also breaking the NFL record for most receptions by a tight end in a single season with 116 in 2018.

The 2020 season, however, saw underwhelming productivity from Ertz. In 11 games, he only managed to catch 36 passes for career-low 335 yards and one touchdown.