The New England Patriots held their first joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday morning. After the session Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Eagles tight end Zach Ertz got together for a light-hearted exchange that was captured by Jamie Apody of 6abc Sports in Philadelphia.
“I’m still going to get you some day,” Belichick said, according to Apody. “But Howie [Roseman] wants two first-round picks and two of my grandchildren!”
Moving on from Ertz would make sense for the Eagles and their general manager, Roseman. Not only is the 30-year-old coming off the worst statistical season of his career — playing in 11 games he set new career-lows in receptions (36) receiving yards (335) and touchdowns (1) — he also carries a salary cap hit of $12.7 million in the final season of his current contract.
Could the Patriots be interested in acquiring that deal alongside a player on the wrong side of 30 coming off a disappointing season? That seems highly unlikely, especially considering that New England invested in Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry just earlier this offseason.
Ertz might have a future in New England further down the line, but definitely not on his current contract.