Zach Ertz Signs Free Agent Deal With Eagles Rival

The 33-year-old tight end will see the Eagles twice next season after signing a one-year deal with the Commanders.
Oct 1, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz (86) stands
Oct 1, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz (86) stands / Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was an unrestricted free agent this offseason after spending last season with the Arizona Cardinals and the Detroit Lions. 

The Cardinals released the veteran tight end in November and signed to the Lions practice squad in January. The 33-year-old pass-catcher didn’t play a single snap with Detroit, finishing the 2023 season with a career-low 27 receptions (43 targets) for 187 yards and a touchdown.

However, it appears that the former Eagles tight end has found a new home in the NFC East. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported on Wednesday that Ertz is one-year deal worth up to $5 million next season.

Earlier on Wednesday, Peter Schrager reported the free-agent tight end had conversations with the Commanders.

Eagles fans might not be too fond of Ertz playing with the Commanders, but it’s not the first time they’ve seen a former player suit up for an NFC East rival. 

Donovan McNabb played with Washington, while Terrell Owens left Philadelphia and headed to Dallas. 

Even though his production took a significant step back this past season, it’s not a shock to see Ertz joining the Commanders as their offensive coordinator is Kliff Kingsbury, who coached the veteran tight end in Arizona.

Ertz is replacing Logan Thomas, who was released last week after spending four years with the Commanders. Ertz is an immediate upgrade over current tight ends John Bates, Cole Turner, and Armani Rogers.

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