The Eagles have moved on from star tight end Zach Ertz, trading the former second-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round pick.
Ertz was emotional after the Thursday night loss to the Buccaneers and now we know why. Here are five takeaways from the news.
1. Ertz among Eagles legends
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Ertz will leave Philadelphia with 579 receptions, 6,267 yards, 38 touchdowns as well as the most catches by a tight end in a single season. He’ll go down as one of the best players in franchise history, making a huge impact in Philadelphia.
2. Cardinals are loaded
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Arizona has Kyler Murray already playing at an MVP pace and now the offense has added the game-changing tight end that he’s been missing. Ertz will now open things up for DeAndre Hopkins, Chase Edmonds, A.J. Green, Rondale Moore and others.
3. Dallas Goedert time
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Goedert missed Thursday’s game against the Buccaneers due to COVID-19, but he’ll now be the Eagles’ biggest star at the tight end position. Goedert has been clamoring for a new contract and he’ll now likely receive that.
4. Tay Gowan impact
A 2021 sixth-round pick, Gowan was a project for the Cardinals. The former UCF cornerback could find a long-term home in Philadelphia as a member of the Eagles secondary, adding depth to the position behind Darius Slay, Steven Nelson and Avonte Maddox.
5. Tyree Jackson time
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Lost in the trade is the ascension of tight end Tyree Jackson. Out with a back fracture, Jackson, Jack Stoll and Noah Togiai will now battle for a role at tight end with Ertz gone.