RUMOR: Packers, Ravens tried to trade for Eagles’ Zach Ertz before his ankle injury
The Philadelphia Eagles recently placed tight end Zach Ertz on injured reserve following news that he’s set to miss four to six weeks with a high-ankle sprain. As it turns out, the 29-year-old was on the radar of both the Green Bay Packers and the Baltimore Ravens prior to Ertz sustaining the injury in the Eagles’ Week 6 defeat against the Ravens.
This report comes via Ed Kracz of SI:
Interest in Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was percolating, and a source indicated that at least two teams, the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens, made offers right before he was placed on Injured Reserve on Oct. 22.
The report also points out, however, that interest in Ertz dropped immediately after he injured his ankle:
A trade of Ertz doesn’t seem likely now before the Nov. 3 trade deadline with him expected to be out with a high ankle sprain until at least mid-November, if not longer.
Ertz appears to be standing pat, for the time being at least. Whether or not he remains in Philadelphia beyond this season is an altogether different question.
Interestingly, Richard Rodgers got the nod to start in place of Ertz in the Eagles’ Week 7 win over the New York Giants. Rodgers caught 6-of-8 targets for an 85-yard gain, which is actually 15 yards more than Ertz’s best effort this season. Star QB Carson Wentz seems very comfortable targeting Rodgers, and the 28-year-old will have a few more games to prove his worth for Philly with Ertz watching from the sidelines.