These spicy comments from Ertz on Thursday came about a week after contract negotiations between his agent and the Eagles.
29-year-old Ertz has been under contract since 2021, but after keeping 49-year-old George Cabet long-term and taking care of chief Travis Kelsey, it seemed Ertz was in the queue for a mega contract extension.
That expansion still hasn’t arrived and Ertz is clearly not happy about it.
“I think you guys have known me for years,” Ertz said Thursday on a zoom call. “I am a passionate man when it comes to football. I play with my heart as much as I can. Obviously it has been frustrating at times, it has been difficult. I have said that I want to stay here for a long time. I am not sure if she is mutual.
“But I know I’m going to play this year like this is my last year and I’m going to give up everything for this team and possibly for this city. Because that’s what this city deserves, a little less No. I’m going into this year, I’m going to get it out of there, whatever happens, happens. I’ll give details with my agent and Howie. But I’m going to do everything I can I can give this city everything it wants and everything that I can have, even if it means playing with that lacquered kidney. Whatever it takes to win a football game and whatever Also I can do to make an impression on this team and this city. ”
This offseason, Kightel received a five-year extension as $ 75 million ($ 15 million per season) and Kells received a four-year extension equal to $ 57.25 million ($ 14.3 million APY).
The current contract for Ertz has APY of $ 8.5 million.
So Kite and Kelce raised the bar for the tight end market and it seems pretty clear that Ertz is also in the queue for an increment. The perspective from Ertz’s camp is that a lot of those other contracts gave him a template for his next deal.
“I don’t want to get into the exact details,” Ertz said, “but I don’t think it should happen that a deal is done now.”
But it is clearly not that easy. The Eagles have some advantages over the situation. After all, they still have Ertz for this season and next season and they already have a budding tight end talent on the roster at Dallas Goedert.
Goedert is good, but it is unfair to think that he will one day put production Ertz. Over the past four seasons, Ertz has averaged 89 catches, 929 yards and 6.5 touchdowns per season. He is a pro bowler for the past three years and caught a game-winning touchdown pass in the Super Bowl.
We are talking about the all-time eagle here, so the Eagles may want to tread lightly.
Ertz acknowledged the lack of a two-day contract at the training camp. But he insists that he is focused and ready for the 2020 season.
He is preparing as if this could be his last season in Philly, although he will not let himself imagine playing in another jersey.
“I want to stay here. I never thought of playing in another city.” My family lives here. My mother lives here. My brother is going to the temple and his fiance is going to school here, so Now we have roots here. This is home. I would never think of playing in another jersey until that time.
“I have always said that the moment I come here, I want to be like Kobe. Kobe was a guy I always looked up to, Kobe Bryant, and he played for one organization for the rest of my career and that was my goal to always play the rest of my career.
“I will never let the idea of playing in another jersey crawl because I don’t know if I can get a thought in my brain yet. I don’t want to go there yet because I don’t want to close the door. I think When you start keeping those thoughts, you won’t give 100 percent. This is something I will never do. I will always give 100 percent to this team and this city because of how much I love being here. “