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Pro Bowler Zach Ertz traded to Cardinals from Eagles

Zach Ertz

The Philadelphia Eagles have been contemplating a potential Zach Ertz trade since last year, and the star tight end is finally on the move.

Ertz was traded from Philly to the Arizona Cardinals on Friday. The Eagles will get rookie cornerback Tay Gowan and a fifth-round draft pick in the deal.

The Eagles confirmed the news and shared a tribute video to Ertz on Twitter:

Ertz, 30, had four catches and a touchdown in Thursday night’s 29-22 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has 18 catches for 189 yards and two scores on the season. Dallas Goedert, whose emergence had made Ertz expendable to the Eagles, has 15 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns this year.

It’s no surprise that the Eagles traded Ertz, as the three-time Pro Bowler has wanted a new contract for a while. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Ertz and the Cardinals have not yet discussed a long-term extension.

One veteran player was so convinced Ertz would be traded before the 2021 season that he made a hilarious bet with the tight end and lost. The trade came a bit later than many expected, but it was viewed as inevitable.

Zach Ertz has heartbreaking reaction to trade from Eagles

Zach Ertz

Zach Ertz may have been expecting to be traded by the Philadelphia Eagles, but that didn’t make things any easier when word came down.

Ertz was very emotional when speaking to Philadelphia media for the final time on Friday after being dealt to the Arizona Cardinals. Ertz grew up in southern California, so the move brings him closer to home, at least in theory. He disputed that, though, and also detailed his tearful reaction to the deal.

Ertz had spent his entire career with the Eagles since being drafted in 2013. The 30-year-old won a Super Bowl there, too. He will always be very closely tied to the organization no matter what.

It’s easy to forget that athletes are people too, and they develop bonds with the communities they play in. The veteran tight end has given a glimpse of how strongly he feels about Philadelphia in the past, too. Eagles fans will surely appreciate the genuine affection he has for them and their city.