Pederson on Ertz: ‘He’s helped us win a lot of games around here’

Eagles Pro Bowl TE Zach Ertz is not happy with his contract situation, and he made that very clear on Thursday.

“I’m an emotional guy when it comes to football,’ Ertz said via The Athletic’s Zack Berman. … “It’s been frustrating at times, it’s been difficult. I said all along I want be here for the long run.

‘I don’t know if for sure that feeling is mutual. I’m going to play this year like it’s my last year.”

The three-time Pro Bowler has two years left on his contract and is hoping to get paid like tight ends George Kittle(five-year, $75 million) and Travis Kelce(four-year, $57 million) did this offseason. According to reports, Ertz turned down a contract extension during the season and has shut down negotiations at this point. 

The 29-year-old Ertz is scheduled to make $6.6 million this season and $8.5 million in 2021, which is bargain when you consider his production. Ertz has led Philadelphia in receptions each of the last three seasons and holds the NFL record for most receptions(116) by a tight end in a season. 

No matter the contract situation, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is happy to have Ertz on his roster.

“Look, I’m not going to get into a ton of this because my expertise is not necessarily the contract stuff and those types of issues,” Pederson said via a video call on Friday. “All I know is Zach Ertz is a tremendous football player; he’s a great person, love having him on this football team. He is a leader, and he’s helped us, gosh, he’s helped us win a lot of games around here. He led our team in receptions, and he’s a big part, he’s a valuable part of what we do offensively, but also as a team.

“I’m excited that he’s here. I’m excited that he’s an Eagle. He and I, we get along extremely well. I love having him. We game plan for him. I just hope we can put all that behind us and move on to football.”

Ertz is one of the best tight ends in football, and he happens to be Carson Wentz’s go-to guy. Regarding his contract, he has earned a raise but based on his reaction, he’s clearly not happy with the Eagles’ offer.

Let’s see how this one plays out. 

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