How Travis Kelce’s extension with the Chiefs impacts the Eagles two-headed TE attack of Ertz, Goedert

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Glenn Erby
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The Philadelphia Eagles now have a contract conundrum at the tight end position, but it’s a problem that can be solved with two fair contract extensions that secure the present and the future.

On Thursday the 49ers and Chiefs broke the bank for their young stars, as San Francisco gave George Kittle a five-year, $75 million deal, while the Chiefs gave Travis Kelce a four-year, $57 million deal to help reset the tight end market and give the Eagles a basepoint for Ertz’s negotiations.

Kelce’s deal is worth between $14 million and $15 million per year in new money average, similar to Kittle’s $15 million per year average.

Ertz finished the last season third among tight ends in receptions (88), fourth in yards (916), and tied for fourth in touchdowns (6).

During the past three seasons, Ertz ranks third in receptions (278), third in yards (2,903), and second in touchdowns (22). That normally would make the case for Ertz to get a similar deal to his two counterparts, but Kittle is younger and more dynamic than both his counterparts, while the Eagles now have the pleasure of extending two top-10 tight ends.

Ertz reportedly turned down a deal that would have paid him $10.5 million per year and with two years left on his current deal, Howie Roseman and company have no pressure for a new deal.

Ertz’s legacy puts pressure on the Eagles and a guy who’ll be the all-time receptions leader, a future Hall of Famer and caught the game-winning score in a franchise’s first Super Bowl usually gets the benefit of the doubt in regards to a team wanting him to retire in that one cingular jersey.

The Eagles can let 2020 play out and see where Ertz stands physically after turning 30-years of age or they can strike now and lock up both of their star tight ends using the leverage of legacy and playing for one team to help get a hometown discount from Ertz.

The Eagles could easily give Ertz a three-year, $39 million extension, with about $22 million guaranteed, ensuring that the star tight end will eclipse $10 million per season while still getting paid like the third-best tight end in the NFL.

The move would reduce Ertz’s almost $13 million salary-cap hits for 2020 and 2021 while freeing up money for his running mate.

Goedert is still just 25, he has two more years left on his rookie contract and yet he’s is already a top 10 tight end in the NFL. The better blocker of the two, the Eagles will let things play out for the second-round pick because the framework of a new deal can’t be discussed until after the 2020 NFL season.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Kansas City
-173-3.5O 56.5
Tampa Bay
+145+3.5U 56.5