Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz moved on from the Arizona Cardinals after they granted his release from the team, and the veteran is looking for a new team. Ertz has had conversations with six teams that are currently in the playoff picture, according to NFL Media, and being patient as he waits to decide which franchise provides the best fit.
Ertz, who has not played since he was placed on injured reserve after suffering a quad injury during Arizona's loss to Seattle on Oct. 22, has caught 27 catches this season for 187 yards and one touchdown. While his numbers aren't prolific, Ertz has been a consistent performer this season. He's caught at least two passes in each game and caught six passes on three occasions.
Given the fact that the trade deadline has passed, teams that need help at tight end will surely leap at the chance to acquire Ertz, who helped the Eagles capture the franchise's first Super Bowl win at the end of the 2017 season.
Here's a ranking of the five contenders that Ertz could be a good fit for down the stretch.
It makes the most sense. Almost too much sense. Ertz has always considered himself an Eagle for life, and it just so happens Philly could use pass-catching insurance at the position with Dallas Goedert just returning from injury. Ertz and Goedert have worked together before, and in a much more limited role, Ertz would be able to reunite with the Philly area he calls home without the burden of being a No. 1 in a deep group of weapons.
Baltimore makes a ton of sense given that Mark Andrews was recently lost for the season with an ankle injury. Ertz would team up in Baltimore with Isaiah Likely, who has taken over as the Ravens' top tight end with Andrews out.
Say it ain't so! While Ertz would assuredly prefer a move back to his beloved Eagles, Dallas might be able to offer an even cleaner path to pass-catching opportunities, and if the Cowboys claim him on waivers, there's not much he can do besides refuse to play for such a talented contender. It'd be weird to see him wearing the star, but eyeing a real playoff run, why wouldn't the Cowboys consider it to give Dak Prescott even more help?
If Ertz doesn't go back to Philly, the next-best scenario might be a reunion with Doug Pederson, who shepherded some of his best years as the Eagles' former title-winning coach. Evan Engram is the guy at tight end in Jacksonville, but as veteran insurance, you can do a lot worse. Relocating to Florida wouldn't be a half-bad gig, either, especially with Trevor Lawrence and Co. fighting for a postseason berth.
Given the 49ers' injury history, it would make sense for them to add as much depth as they can at this point in the year. Ertz would provide quality depth while playing alongside perennial Pro Bowler George Kittle.