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Kliff Kingsbury "excited" about trade for Zach Ertz

10/15/2021 8:52:12 PM
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The Cardinals traded for veteran tight end Zach Ertz, a player with whom the team had been potentially linked since the offseason, sending the Philadelphia Eagles rookie cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round draft pick. The trade is contingent on both players passing physicals.  Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury is excited about the acquisition, Darren Urban of the team's official website reports.

"I'm excited," Kingsbury said. "I've heard nothing but good things about him.

"I think he'll fit right in with this locker room and I think (GM) Steve (Keim) did a tremendous job getting that done."

Ertz isn't available Sunday but Kingsbury said Ertz will play next week when the Cardinals host the Houston Texans.

"Obviously I'm excited to be going to a team like the Arizona Cardinals, who are rolling right now, and be able to add my skill set to that team," said Ertz, who because of his revered status in Philadelphia gave a farewell press conference after the trade was announced.

"Ecstatic about that situation, to be able to walk into that building and show what kind of player I am, the work ethic I have, with no expectation. Just want to win football games."

Ertz, who is scheduled to be a free agent after the season, caught a touchdown pass for the Eagles in their loss Thursday night against the Buccaneers. He was emotional after the game, and speculation was that he could be dealt. Ertz acknowledged Friday he cried in his locker for 30 minutes after the game knowing the trade was coming, and that he had known for a couple of days even before playing against the Bucs.

Ertz is owed roughly $5.5 million the balance of this season. He had 18 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles in six games. He is a three-time Pro Bowler and made the All-Pro team in 2018. Ertz was teammates with linebacker Jordan Hicks in Philadelphia, and assistant coach Bill Davis also coached in Philadelphia with Ertz.

"He's a complete player,' Kingsbury said. "I think you saw Maxx's production continue to increase, and (Ertz) fills a role for us right now."

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