Jul 21, 2021
Great Chance: Eagles Insider Provides Zach Ertz Update
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Getty Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.
With one week until the start Philadelphia Eagles’ training camp, there is another update on the curious case of Zach Ertz. The three-time Pro Bowler had been angling for his trade or release for the past six months but all appears forgiven. Miracles never cease.
Ertz is expected to report to camp and honor the final year of his contract, per SportsRadio 94WIP’s Howard Eskin. He is apparently “over the issues” (namely his desire for a lucrative extension) that first compelled him to want out. Eskin’s voice carries considerable clout since he is a paid mouthpiece for the Eagles and even owns a Super Bowl ring.
Latest on #Eagles Zach Ertz. I know hear there is a great chance Ertz will be on team at start of season. Been told Zach will be there at start of training camp Tuesday. Zach has been working out in team facility for close to last 2 weeks with teammates. He’s over the issues.
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) July 21, 2021
“I don’t know what they’re going to do, everyone knows the situation,” Ertz told reporters on Jan. 4. “I love being in Philadelphia, I love being a Philadelphia Eagle, and we’ll have those [contract] conversations when we do. I’m not going to be bitter, I’m going to be honest and open and understanding.”
The 30-year-old was drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft (35th overall). He is a Philly lifer who gives back to the community and holds a special place in the hearts of a rabid fan base. Remember, Ertz caught the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl LII after diving into the end zone from 11 yards out. It’s one of the most memorable moments in franchise history.
3 years ago today Zach Ertz scored the only Super Bowl winning TD in #Eagles franchise history:
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) February 4, 2021
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Join Heavy on Eagles!Julie Ertz Wins Coveted ESPY Award
Julie Ertz received a 2021 ESPY Award for “Best NWSL Player” for her play with the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League. She beat out Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Kailen Sheridan (NJ/NY Gotham FC) and Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).
Ertz is a star midfielder who excels at passing and on the defensive end of the pitch. She is a two-time Olympian for Team USA (2016, 2020) and helped the United States win World Cup titles at the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
And your 2021 ESPY Winner for Best @NWSL Player: @julieertz ✨ pic.twitter.com/PBith7Y8a5
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 11, 2021Dallas Goedert Describes ‘Incredible Mentor’
Dallas Goedert was supposed to be the new TE1 in Philly as the Ertz contract dispute played itself out. The fourth-year tight end was starting to come into his own after hauling in 46 balls for 524 yards and three touchdowns in an injury-plagued 2020 campaign.
Let Goedert be TE1. Ertz is a great TE2 at worst
— Ian (@LeanHamNeeson) July 21, 2021
But Goedert didn’t sound too anxious to see Ertz leave the team even if he meant he got more snaps. He recently talked about what an “incredible mentor” the savvy veteran has been to him since his rookie year in 2018.
“Zach’s been an incredible mentor to me, you know the way he attacked every day, how much he knew about the playbook, how much he knew about opposing defenses,” Goedert said during spring OTAs. “We would leave the huddle as a rookie and he would tell me what I was doing, who I was going to block, and we’re not even to the line of scrimmage yet.
“So just the way he approached everything, the way he was able to dissect defenses, the way he was able to attack leverage, learning from him was one of the biggest blessings of my career. And the Eagles believing in me to be the No. 1 tight end if he doesn’t come back, it obviously just shows that my hard work has been paying off. “
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Jets Unlikely to Budge on Zach Wilson Contract, Opens Veteran QB Door
Getty Only two quarterbacks appeared at New York Jets training camp and neither of them were Zach Wilson.
New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh has been hesitant all offseason to add any more bodies to his quarterback room.
Apparently, his tune has changed, despite what he said at Wednesday’s presser.
“To give up on those guys (Mike White, James Morgan) to sign a pacifier (veteran quarterback) I think that can be seen as a cop-out. It’s a lot harder than just to say bringing in a veteran quarterback will make everything better.”
As they often say in the business, actions speak louder than words.
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Join Heavy on Jets!Jets and Zach Wilson Involved in Staring Contest
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No. 2 overall pick, Zach Wilson, is the only remaining unsigned first-rounder from the 2021 NFL draft.
Apparently, the snag in negotiations revolves around the “offset language” in the contract. To make matters worse, apparently, the Jets are “unlikely to budge” on their stance, per Ralph Vacchiano.
The reason being, they don’t want to set a precedent that could open the door for future players to also request no offset language in their contract. The Jets “have never given out a contract without offset language”, per SNY.
While obviously Wilson and his representation don’t appear to be in the budging mood, because if they were, he would have already been in camp.
This awkward staredown doesn’t appear to have any ending in sight.
The silver lining is all it takes to hammer out a deal is a compromise somewhere in the middle and Wilson can jump on a private jet and jump right back into practice.
Although it’s worth noting, that how this has gotten this far is ridiculous, they’ve had three months to talk and figure this out. At some point, cooler heads have to prevail and get this done.In Football You Have to Adapt or Die
#Jets fans looking for Zach Wilson (@zachkapono1) at #JetsCamp: pic.twitter.com/BVRQ27zTEi
— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) July 28, 2021
Isaac Newton’s third law states: that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Utilizing that theory on the current depth chart for the Jets quarterback room: no Wilson means the front office is forced to add another arm to the rotation.
Regardless of when Wilson inevitably shows up to training camp, the green and white still need a veteran presence at the games’ most important position. That’s especially true while the former BYU passer is absent.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Jets scheduled a pair of workouts with quarterbacks Josh Johnson and Sean Mannion.
Johnson has been floating around the NFL since 2008 and most recently was with the San Francisco 49ers (2020-21). The familiarity with the scheme would make him a very attractive option for the green and white.
Mannion on the other hand is far less experienced than Johnson. He has played in only 13 career games and has started two of them (0-2 record).
Josh Johnson | I’m Coming Home#Jets @Connor_J_Hughes pic.twitter.com/QFpKgsJ5VW
— NYJ Matt (@NYJ_Matt) July 28, 2021
The longtime NFL veteran did have a stint back with the Jets in 2015 and wouldn’t be a bad addition for the team. Although there’s another player that was recently released that Gang Green should do some homework on.
With Aaron Rodgers returning to the Green Bay Packers the team released veteran quarterback Blake Bortles.
While he initially may not sound like an ideal option, the deeper you dig, the more it makes sense.
The 29-year-old passer has played in over 78 career contests, appeared in an AFC Championship game, and is intimately familiar with the offense having most recently spent time with the Packers (who run the same scheme as the Jets).
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