Report: Eagles were open to trading Zach Ertz prior to injury

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The Eagles added tight end Zach Ertz to the injured reserve list on Thursday with an ankle injury, a move that keeps him out for at least three games.

It is also a move that might be the only reason he is in Philadelphia the rest of the season.

According to an ESPN report, executives around the league believed the Eagles were willing to trade Ertz prior to the NFL Trade Deadline at the end of the month.

Here is the full video of the report:

This report comes on the heels of a Sports Illustrated Report that the Eagles have been getting calls on Ertz.

The report mentions, however, that Ertz can’t be traded because he is on the injured reserve with a “minor” injury, as opposed to a “major” one. The Eagles apparently electing to list Ertz as having a minor injury, and not a major one, would certainly seem to be an indication they do not want to trade him, since they shut down the possibility themselves.

The Eagles and Ertz are in the middle of a contract dispute, with Ertz saying at the start of the season that he was entering this season with the mindset that it could be his final with the team. Ertz has been with the Eagles since they drafted him in 2013, and is the best tight end in franchise history.

The Eagles, however, were not interested in paying him the type of big-money deal other tight ends got this past offseason, leading to some tension between the two sides.

If a divorce is coming, however, it apparently won’t be happening prior to the trade deadline.

You can reach Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks or email him at esp@94wip.com!

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