The Los Angeles Rams have already had a very eventful offseason. They pulled off the first move in what is expected to be a wild offseason for quarterbacks, landing Matthew Stafford in a blockbuster trade with the Detroit Lions. Now, they could look to make another sizable trade and Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz could make sense.
Los Angeles landed Stafford in exchange for their quarterback, Jared Goff, first-round picks in 2022 and 2023, and a third-round pick in 2021. Now, the Rams are on the hunt to add some upgrades around Stafford. One player to keep an eye on is Ertz.
According to Conor Myles of Eagle Maven, the Rams have already been sniffing around on Ertz as an upgrade for their offense.
“Ertz would like a resolution to his future sooner rather than later, adding that if a deal does not come to fruition in the next couple of weeks, the Eagles tight end is expected to ask for his release in March.”
Well, March is upon us so we could see some movement when it comes to Ertz and the Eagles. They already completed a quarterback trade of their own, sending Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, so they can now focus on the rest of their roster.
Ertz is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he caught only 36 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown. While that suppresses his value, the Eagles already have an in-house replacement in Dallas Goedert, so getting anything for Ertz instead of releasing him for nothing is a win.
In the proposed trade, Ertz lands with the Rams in exchange for the No. 185 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. If that is all it takes to land Ertz, expect multiple other teams to jump into the fray. Even coming off the season he had, Ertz should be worth something closer to a fourth-round pick.
For Los Angeles, Zach Ertz gives them someone to offset the potential loss of Gerald Everett, who is a free agent this year. He is also an upgrade on Tyler Higbee if he can stay on the field. Ertz wouldn’t be the final piece to the puzzle for the Rams, but he presents a great buy-low opportunity for an offense that could take off under Stafford.