Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has two years remaining on his contract, but the tight end made it clear on Thursday that he's unhappy with his current deal.
Speaking with local media Thursday, Ertz said that he would play the 2020 season "as if this is my last year."
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"I don't know for sure if that feeling is mutual."
Ertz says he will play this season "as if this is my last year."
"I don't think it should be too hard to get a deal done now."
Ertz's comments don't come as a surprise, as the market at his position was reset this summer when both Travis Kelce and George Kittle each received new lucrative deals. Kelce's deal is worth between $14-15 million annually, while Kittle's is north of $15 million. Ertz's average annual salary from his current deal is $8.5 million.
The Philadelphia tight end has been one of the best in the game over the past four seasons, proving himself as quarterback Carson Wentz's go-to target. Since 2017, among tight ends Ertz ranks third in receptions (278), third in yards (2,903), and second in touchdowns (22).
Ertz has also missed just one game over the past two seasons, while the wide receiver room in Philly has been anything but stable.
Although Ertz believes he has earned a pay bump (and rightfully so), the tight end did say he hopes to play his entire career with the Eagles.
"I want to be like Kobe," Ertz said, referring to the late Kobe Bryant, a future Hall of Famer who spent all of his 20 NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. It's worth noting Bryant was also a diehard Eagles fan.
While Ertz may never want to leave the City of Brotherly Love, the tight end is unsure if that feeling is reciprocated.
"I don't know for sure if that feeling is mutual," Ertz said. "I don't think it should be too hard to get a deal done now."