A plethora of veteran NFL players are expected to be released before the new league year begins on March 17. The 2021 salary cap could be anywhere from $180-$185 million, which is much less than the $210 million estimation that was set before the coronavirus pandemic.
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz could be one of those cap casualties. The 31-year-old finished with 36 receptions and a career-low 335 yards in 11 games with Philadelphia last season.
Despite his struggles, the Eagles have received plenty of interest in Ertz according to Mike Silver of NFL Network.
"Multiple teams have called the Eagles about the possibility of trading for three-time Pro Bowl TE Zach Ertz," Silver tweeted on Sunday night. "A deal could happen in the coming days, according to two sources familiar with the talks."
Ertz had at least 74 receptions in five straight seasons from 2015-19. He finished with a career-high 116 receptions for 1,163 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018.
His contract is the problem. Ertz is scheduled to make $8.25 million in 2021 and comes with a $12.4 million cap hit. He also wants a new contract.
If he's willing to restructure his current deal to lower his cap hit in exchange for more long-term security, then it could help facilitate a possible trade.
Ertz is still a quality player that could help plenty of teams across the league, but his flexibility will determine his value on the trade market, especially with so many veterans expected to be released in the coming days.
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