On March 16, news broke out that Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz had been permitted to search for a trade partner. The eight-year pro has spent his entire career with the Eagles organization, however, his stats have declined over the past few seasons.
In the 2020 NFL Season, Ertz suited up for 11 games, registering just 335 yards and one touchdown. It’s at the point where a change of scenery may do him well. According to Bovada, the Indianapolis Colts has +150 odds of ending up with Zach Ertz before the season begins.
Check out the complete odds below for the rest of Ertz’s potential destinations.
Where Will Zach Ertz Play For Game 1 Of The 2021 Regular Season?
Odds via Bovada as of Monday, March 22
- Indianapolis Colts +150
- Philadelphia Eagles +250
- Seattle Seahawks +325
- Los Angeles Chargers +325
- Buffalo Bills +550
- Los Angeles Rams +950
Ertz Has Connections to Indianapolis
The Indianapolis Colts may be the perfect fit for Zach Ertz. First of all, he has experience playing under head coach Frank Reich while he was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator from 2016 to 2017. Former Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was recently acquired by the Colts to be their starter.
During Wentz’s MVP-calibre 2017 NFL Season, Ertz had 824 yards and eight touchdowns. The Colts have also shown over the past few seasons that they love utilizing their tight ends. Ertz would give Wentz some familiarity on a new team. He’d also fit great alongside Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox as one of the best tight end formations in the NFL.
Zach Ertz Could Remain an Eagle Next Season
While the Colts have the best odds to land Zach Ertz, don’t rule out him staying in Philadelphia for another year. Their odds of keeping him are +250. The salary cap is hardly moving and he has a $12 million cap hit, making it difficult to acquire him unless he restructures his contract at some point.
Zach Ertz could also potentially have a “fresh start” with the Eagles. While he had a disappointing stat line last NFL season, the entire team underperformed. Now, the Eagles have a new head coach and the team could have a different look assuming Jalen Hurts is their starting quarterback for the entire season. Maybe Ertz will prove that last season was just a fluke if he stays in town.
Is Zach Ertz to the Bills Still a Possibility?
When it was announced that Zach Ertz had permission to seek a trade, the Buffalo Bills were rumored to be interested in him. After all, the Bills just played in the 2020 AFC Championship Game, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite how he played last season, an Ertz trade could increase the Bills’ Super Bowl odds.
Although, a trade to Buffalo may be unlikely. Marcel Louis-Jacques, ESPN’s Bills reporter, tweeted that there was “nothing there” when it came to the team’s interest in Zach Ertz. Also on that day, the Bills signed former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister to a one-year deal.
However, that signing hasn’t stopped Bovada from listing the Bills at +550 to trade for Ertz. Maybe it’s more unlikely than other teams, but the possibility is still there. According to Over The Cap, the Bills have just over $2 million in cap space, meaning Ertz would need to restructure his deal if Buffalo is his preferred destination.