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Eagles’ Zach Ertz contract extension update, ‘no dice’ on negotiations

The NFL saw two of its best tight ends in San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle and Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce receive lucrative contract extensions. The spotlight is now fixed on whether Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz could be next or not.

According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, both sides have not made much headway on a new deal this offseason:

The Eagles made a run at a Zach Ertz extension a while back when they redid a few deals. No dice. No indications anything is close now either. He has two years left on his deal and so does Dallas Goedert.

Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper initially reset the tight end market with a four-year, $42 million deal. Kittle has since made history by signing a five-year contract worth $75 million that pays him $15 million per season. Meanwhile, Kelce followed it up with his four-year, $57 million extension that is good for $14.25 million per year.

There is no question that Ertz will be using these extensions as a benchmark for his very own deal. He has good reason to believe he is in the same class as the aforementioned names after racking up 204 receptions for 2,079 yards, and 14 touchdowns over the last two seasons.

The update indicates that while the Eagles may have been looking to get a deal done earlier in the offseason, the restrictions placed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have offered up its own set of challenges for teams trying to hash out long-term deals. With two years still left on his current contract, they could be looking to pick negotiations back up at some point during the season.