The Philadelphia Eagles announced today that they have traded tight end Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals. In return, the Eagles received cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round pick.
Trade: The Eagles have acquired CB Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round pick from Arizona in exchange for TE Zach Ertz. pic.twitter.com/bKIhzqbdKg— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 15, 2021
What the Eagles gave up
Ertz played nine seasons in Philadelphia and was a key contributor and leader on the 2017 team that won Super Bowl 52. He leaves with 38 touchdowns, 6,267 yards, and 579 catches in his Eagles career. Those catches rank second behind Harold Carmichael’s franchise record of 589. Ertz has been in decline in recent seasons and tied a career low in catches (36) last season and posted new career lows in TDs (1) and yards (335) in 11 games played. For the 2021 season, the soon-to-be-31-year-old Ertz has 18 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns in the final year of a five year, $42.5M contract.
What the Eagles got in return
Tay Gowan is a 23-year-old rookie corner who was a sixth round pick out of UCF in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Gowan has not yet appeared in a game for the Cardinals this season.
The Eagles and General Manager Howie Roseman got decent value in return for Ertz. Gowan is a young corner that can compete for playing time on an Eagles defense that has allowed the fourth most yards and points in the NFL through six games this season. The fifth-round pick Philadelphia received adds to their bounty of picks in the 2022 Draft as they look to rebuild their roster.
Going full rebuild is exactly what trading Ertz signifies. He was one of the best players in franchise history and scored the game winning touchdown in their only Super Bowl win. His status with the Eagles became somewhat awkward as Ertz began looking for a new contract last season that Philadelphia wasn’t going to give him, especially with Dallas Goedert also being a free agent after the 2021 season. Roseman probably waited a year too long to move on from Ertz, but ended up with most likely the best possible return.
Regardless of how it ended, Ertz’ career places him among the all-time Eagles greats. He will now serve as a new weapon for early MVP candidate Kyler Murray and the 5-0 Cardinals. Arizona was in the market for a tight end after starter Maxx Williams was lost for the season due to injury.