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Zach Ertz feels love again, wants to stay with Philadelphia Eagles

Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) takes the field against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) takes the field against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

His relationship with the team “mended” and stronger than ever, tight end Zach Ertz plans to stay in Philadelphia as long as the Eagles will have him.

In a reversal from a strong springtime demand to be traded, Ertz said Wednesday he feels great physically and wants to commit to being with the franchise after apologies were made.

“This is the place I want to be, this is the place I want to retire,” Ertz said via Zoom. “I’m moving on from everything that happened this offseason. There have been apologies.”

The Eagles opted to keep Ertz and his $12,721,500 cap number for 2021 when minimal progress was made in trade talks, per reports.

The Eagles could have saved $8.5 million in cap space if they designated him as a post-June 1 cut.

Ertz said he hasn’t been this excited to come to work “in a long time.”

Ertz had a relatively unproductive 2020 season, catching only 36 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown while fighting an ankle injury.

A second-round pick of the Eagles in 2013 (35th overall), Ertz has more than 300 receptions and 3,000 yards – with 23 touchdowns – since the 2017 season began.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 36 touchdowns, 561 catches and 6,078 yards in 117 games (82 starts) over his eight seasons.

Ertz is a football hero in Philadelphia, having caught the fourth-quarter TD pass to put the team ahead during its Super Bowl LII win over the New England Patriots.

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–Field Level Media