Ertz will come to Cardinals to replace injured Maxx Williams; Tay Gowan will join the Eagles and also received a fifth-round pick
Philadelphia Eagles traded tight end Zach Ertz three times in the Pro Bowl, with the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for cornerback Tay Gowan and a fifth-round pick from the 2022 draft.the teams announced Friday.
Arizona acquired Ertz with the idea of making him a prominent part of their offense., and Ertz has told others in the past that the Cardinals were getting his attention, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Cardinals have yet to enter into contract negotiations with Ertz, who wanted a new deal with the Eagles, sources told Schefter.
Ertz goes from the Eagles (2-4) to the only undefeated team in the NFL, with Arizona at 5-0. The Cardinals lost their main tight end, Maxx Williams, for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury this past weekend. Despite the Cardinals ranking their tight ends as the third-lowest number in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, Williams was on track to hit career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns.
Ertz, who caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ 28-22 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night, is not eligible to play for the Cardinals against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. He has 18 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Ertz can play the role of Williams and potentially more. They have similar stat lines, but Ertz’s run production outstrips Williams’, making his addition an intriguing move for the NFC West leaders Cardinals.
This gives the Cardinals, seventh-best passing game, even more power to complement the likes of DeAndre Hopkins, AJ Green, Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore. Ertz also reinforces Arizona’s eighth running game.
“Excited. I didn’t hear anything but wonderful things about him. I think he will fit perfectly in this locker room and I thought general manager Steve Keim did a great job to pull it off,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said.
The relationship between Ertz and the Eagles was strained last season when they disagreed on a contract extension.. While counterparts Travis Kelce and George Kittle were locked into long-term deals with the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, respectively, the talks between the Eagles and Ertz failed to gain ground.
The 30-year-old tight end had spent his entire career with the Eagles since entering the league as a second-round pick in 2013., catching 579 passes for 6,267 yards and 38 touchdowns. He also made the Super Bowl LII-winning touchdown against the New England Patriots, which helped secure the first Super Bowl title for Philadelphia.
“Zach Ertz built a special legacy in Philadelphia. Talented, tough and passionate, he helped establish our team culture and played a vital role in our success over the years,” said Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie. “Zach created so many memories that will live on forever, from setting numerous franchise and league records to crossing the end zone for the game-winning touchdown in our first Super Bowl championship.”
“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, the dedicated leader and the exemplary role model that he was for nine seasons in Philadelphia.”