It seems things are only getting uglier between the Eagles and Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz.
Speaking Sunday morning on NFL Network, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport described a heated scene this week between Ertz and general manager Howie Roseman.
“Late after one practice this week, Zach Ertz and Howie Roseman got into it,” Rapoport said. “A very heated discussion, I’m told. One that was witnessed by several players. An airing of grievances of sorts, with some of that frustration coming right out into the open.”
Rapoport followed up his report with the following tweet:
With this latest news, it appears the contract negotiations between Ertz and the Eagles appear to have turned ugly, with an NFL Network report last week stating that the last offer from the team to Ertz caused talks to stop.
Speaking to the media this week, Ertz’s frustration seemed to boil over when he said he wanted to spend the rest of his career in Philadelphia, but he wasn’t sure if the feeling was mutual.
"I think you guys know me over the years. I’m kind of an emotional guy when it comes to football. I kind of play with my heart as much as I can. Obviously it's been frustrating at times, it's been difficult. I said all along I want to be here for the long run. I don't for sure know if that feeling is mutual but I know I'm going play this year like it is my last year, and I'm gonna leave everything I possibly have in the tank for this team and the city. It's what this city deserves, nothing less,” Ertz said. “So I'm going into this year that I'm gonna leave it all out there, whatever happens happens. I'll let the details be with my agent and Howie. But I'm gonna do everything I can to give the city what it deserves and that's everything I possibly have even if it means playing with that lacerated kidney whatever it takes to win football games and do whatever I can to kind of leave a mark on this team and the city.”
Ertz has two years remaining on his contract, but after seeing San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle an Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce get big-time money this offseason, the assumption was that Ertz was next in line.
With a second-round pick spent on Dallas Goedert, however, it seems the Eagles are not jumping at the chance to commit to Ertz.
And as the 2020 season begins, it seems things are not good between the Eagles and a key member of their offense.