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Report: The reason Eagles can’t trade Zach Ertz

Zach Ertz, Carson Wentz, Eagles

The NFL trade deadline is on Tuesday and Zach Ertz has been a name floated around NFL circles as a possible trade candidate. Even though he’s drawn interest from other teams, Ertz can’t be traded by the Philadelphia Eagles, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ertz is currently on injured reserve due to a high-ankle sprain and it is expected that he’ll return to the Eagles this season. However, under the league’s new rules, with him being on injured reserve, Ertz is unable to be moved ahead of the deadline.

The same can be said for DeSean Jackson, who was placed on injured reserve last week after sustaining an ankle injury. While the Eagles can’t trade either Ertz or Jackson, Philadelphia is reportedly open to offers for Alshon Jeffery, per Schefter.

Before his ankle injury, Ertz seems to be a shell of himself early in the 2020 season. From 2015-2019, Ertz eclipsed 74+ receptions and 800+ receiving yards in each season for the Eagles.

On the other hand, in his six games with Philadelphia this season, Ertz has totaled only 24 receptions for 178 yards and one touchdown. If you were to project his totals over a 16-game season, Ertz would be on track to finish with only 64 receptions for 474 yards and three touchdowns.

The veteran tight end is in the second-to-last year of his current contract and he’ll be turning 30 years old next week. Not to mention, the Eagles have a viable replacement for Ertz in Dallas Goedert.

Nevertheless, even if Philadelphia wanted to entertain a trade for Ertz, they wouldn’t be able to do so until next offseason.