Zach Ertz of Philadelphia Eagles disappointed in contract negotiations

Philadelphia – Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, frustrated over contract negotiations with the team, said he wants to stay in Philadelphia for the rest of his career, but “doesn’t know for sure what the feeling is mutual.”

Representatives of the Eagles and Ertz have engaged in expansion talks twice – last November and again in August after receiving new deals by George Kightel and Travis Kelsey – but have been unable to bridge a major split on expected compensation.

San Francisco signed with 49ers for $ 75 million for five years; Kelce agreed to a four-year, $ 57 million expansion with the Kansas City chiefs. Ertz has two years left on his current deal, which pays him an average of $ 8.5 million.

“I don’t want to get into the exact details, but I don’t think it should be that a deal is difficult to be done now,” Ertz said. “At the same time, now that the season is starting, I can’t really focus on that. During training camp, this was the best I got in a day or two, and I really just had to talk to a couple And stabilize your mind and lean into my belief that I can’t really control the situation and I’m about to trust God if this is going to Philly – Hopefully, I want to be here Am – or wherever it is.

“I’m going to do everything I can to help the team and this year I can’t be more excited. I never thought of going to football season better.”

Ertz, 29, is one year younger than Kellus and 3 years older than Katal. He has caught more catches than any other tight end in NFL history through the first seven seasons (525) of his career and is the only tight end in the league to have received both catches and yards in each of the past four seasons Has led his team. . Ertz, the winning touchdown catcher in Super Bowl LII, needs 66 receptions to pass Harold Carmichael, the most Hall of Fame in franchise history. Of all receivers from the past three seasons, Ertz is sixth in catches (278), ninth in receiving touchdowns (22) and 14th in receiving yards (2,903).

Another wrinkle at the position is the presence of tight end Dallas Goedert, a former second-round pick whom the Eagles are high on. His rogue contract also lasts until 2021.

Ertz states that he believes he is very similar to Kells and Kital. Under the current deal, his compensation is not in his ballpark.

“I want to be here,” Ertz said. “Now we have roots. This is home. I would never think of playing in another jersey until that time.”