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Zach Ertz ‘frustrated’ with long-term deal talks with Eagles

Zach Ertz, Eagles

The new NFL season is about to kick off, and yet an important member of the Philadelphia Eagles has already made his frustration known. Zach Ertz, one of the best tight ends that has played for Philadelphia, wants to remain an Eagle. He just isn’t sure if the feeling is mutual.

The 29-year-old tight end voiced his frustration over the lack of a contract extension as he enters his eighth season in Philly. While he is saying that he is ready for the upcoming season, he admits that the lack of a contract extension weighed on him during training camp. 

Despite being under contract for two more years, he is treating the 2020 season like it’s his last, according to Zach Berman of The Athletic. 

“I’m an emotional guy when it comes to football. . . . It’s been frustrating at times, it’s been difficult. I said all along I want be here for the long run. I don’t know if for sure that feeling is mutual. I’m going to play this year like it’s my last year.”

Ertz, who was drafted by the Eagles with the 35th overall pick in the second round in 2013, is set to make $6.6 million this season and $8.25 million in 2021 in the last two years of his current deal, per USA Today. But he could become an unrestricted free agent when his deal expires. This comes just as tight ends like Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs and George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers both got huge contract extensions over the summer. 

Ertz was a big part of the Eagles’ Super Bowl winning run two years ago, the same year that he set a record for most receptions by a tight end in one season with 116. Last season, he finished with 88 receptions for 916 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games, which earned him a third consecutive Pro Bowl selection.