The trade rumors have quieted down to a scant whisper on Zach Ertz. Once the Buffalo Bills pulled out of talks, there was growing optimism that the Pro Bowl tight end might return to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021.
Hold the phone. Or pick it back up. Ertz recently shared an Instagram photo showing himself and former Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill on the court at a Sixers game. It wasn’t a recent picture — you know, COVID-19 protocols and all that — but the trip down memory lane had people talking on social media.
What does it mean? Was Ertz hinting at an impending trade to the Houston Texans where Grugier-Hill signed a one-year contract worth $3.25 million? Maybe.
More likely, Ertz was putting some pressure on the Eagles’ front office to send him to Texas. The Texans are thin at the tight end spot after cutting veteran Darren Fells last month and go into the 2021 campaign with 29-year-old Jordan Akins penciled in as the starter. And Akins’ backup, Pharaoh Brown, has little experience.
Remember, the Eagles have still not be ruled out of the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes despite the quarterback’s mounting legal problems. The price has actually gone down in recent weeks, leading some to ponder whether the Texans would be willing to cut ties with Watson for a smaller package. Ertz’s name has been mentioned softly in those discussions if he could be paired with a nice complement of draft picks. Stay tuned.