Zach Ertz
Onions! Zach Ertz cried during his exit interview. It looks like Ertz has played his final game for the Eagles. Is a trade coming? (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Onions! Zach Ertz Cried During His Exit Interview

The Eagles season is over and Zach Ertz may never play another game in the city of Philadelphia. After being drafted by the Eagles in 2013, Ertz knows he’s probably on the chopping block. The Eagles are way over the cap and Dallas Goedert is already waiting in the wings.

Cut the onions! Ertz gave a tearful goodbye to the city:

“I’m not the greatest Eagle by any means,” Ertz said. “But just handling this city I would say. … city’s tough. But they’re honest. It’s not a city that cares about how you feel you did. Whether you had a great day or a terrible day, they don’t want any excuses, and I don’t think I ever made an excuse. Whenever I didn’t play well enough I just wanted to go out there and work because that was the only thing I knew. … I think this city is the best city you could play for and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and the city means a lot to me, it means a lot to my family. And I’m thankful.”

“I don’t know what they’re going to do, obviously,” Ertz said. “Everybody knows the situation. I’ve loved being a Philadelphia Eagle, I love being a Philadelphia Eagle. I’m not going to be someone who’s going to be bitter. I’m just going to be honest and open and understand it.”

“I feel like I have a lot of good years of football left,” Ertz said. “A lot of good years of being a really good tight end in this league. And so for me, it’s just what is the plan going forward? Whether they see me as part of that plan or not, there’s a lot of things out of my control. I’ll have no angst either way.”

Ertz, 30, did not have a great 2020 season. On the year, the former Stanford product notched 36 receptions for 335 yards and one touchdown. Obviously, a far cry from the numbers Ertz is used to putting up. Ertz recorded an NFL record 116 receptions in 2018 and his 561 career receptions are 12th-most in NFL history by a tight end.

The Eagles can clear $5 million by trading Ertz this offseason. With the way the Eagles have ruined their cap situation, Ertz feels like a trade candidate. Nothing is official, of course, but Ertz must have a feeling that he’s getting moved.

The teardown is coming. Eagles fans get ready to rot in hell for the next 10 years. Ertz is one of the many pieces being shipped out of town.