All eyes are monitoring the situation with Carson Wentz, but he might not be the only notable name exiting the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason. As the Eagles attempt to offload their former second-overall pick and his cumbersome contract -- not having a lot of success in convincing others to pay their exorbitant asking price (reportedly, two first-round picks) -- there are now reports they're working on a multi-pronged approach that could also see starting tight end Zach Ertz dealt as well.
Specifically, it's being reported they've reached out to the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks to try to strike a trade deal for Ertz, per Ed Kracz of SI.com. With the Colts having already been in discussions with the Eagles to potentially acquire Wentz, but not at Philadelphia's price, discussions on Ertz could center around potentially packaging him in a trade that makes the Colts more apt to add compensation in order to take on Wentz's contract. As for the Seahawks, while Russell Wilson has joined the wild-and-crazy QB headlines this offseason, talks regarding Ertz likely revolve around the three-time Pro Bowl tight end and nothing more.
Head coach Pete Carroll has been desperate to upgrade his tight end unit for some time now, and Ertz would instantly accomplish that mission. Any kind of swap that would involve Wilson for Wentz would be viewed a massive step in the wrong direction at quarterback, though, so don't count on that happening.
Another option the Eagles have is to release Ertz outright, but they'd obviously rather gain something by losing him.
Given the circumstances, unless the Seahawks or someone else ante up for Ertz, the Eagles might simply focus on using him as a deal sweetener with the Colts. The Eagles would save $4.7 million toward the 2021 cap after eating $7.8 million in dead money (same as a pre-June 1 release). Ertz is under contract through the 2023 season, but the bottom fell out of negotiations between the two sides last summer and haven't gotten any better since.