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Eagles asking price prevented Zach Ertz trade during 2021 NFL Draft

5/3/2021 1:35:30 PM
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The Philadelphia Eagles entered the offseason determined to make changes and tight end Zach Ertz hoped a trade away from the organization would be part of their plan. Instead, with the 2021 NFL Draft in the books, Ertz remains with the Eagles and he might be stuck on the roster for some time, Matt Johnson of Sportsnaut reports.

Trouble between the two sides started brewing last year during contract negotiations. Ertz wanted a new deal and both sides began discussing a long-term contract. By August, talks broke down and there started to be a sense around the NFL that Ertz’s time in Philadelphia would come to an end.

After being shopped around the league before the NFL trade deadline, he ultimately remained with the Eagles. When the disastrous 2020 season concluded, everyone understood he wouldn’t return next fall. As a result, general manager Howie Roseman made him available for trade. Multiple teams expressed interest and word spread that a blockbuster trade was imminent, but it never came to fruition.

When teams first reached out to the Eagles this spring, Roseman set the asking price at a 2021 third-round pick. Already facing a limited market of suitors, with only the Los Angeles Chargers and Buffalo Bills engaged in discussions, the cost to acquire Ertz drove teams away.

According to Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press, Roseman’s desired return for Ertz once again prevented a trade. Clubs across the league who wanted to add a veteran weapon to their offense became disinterested after learning the Eagles wouldn’t budge off the asking price.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, they don’t have much leverage in this situation. There is likely no fixing the broken relationship between Ertz and the organization. If he is still on the roster for training camp, it might create issues in the locker room and will be an unnecessary cloud hanging over new head coach Nick Sirianni.

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