The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday morning that they had signed tight end Zack Ertz to a five year extension.
The contract is believed to be worth $42.5 million with other bonuses available.
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During his news conference this afternoon, Ertz was excited about his future as an Eagle:
“Growing up, I never would have expected to be the face of a franchise. But at the same time, I think the work that I’ve put in has put me in this situation. I’m not going to be satisfied. Being the face of the Eagles, I think it comes with a lot of responsibility. This franchise has been successful for a lot of years and I want to be successful for a lot of years. I think I’m going to put pressure on myself and my teammates to be the best players that they can be. I think everyone’s excited for the next couple of years.”
The long-term extension shows that the Eagles believe he will be an integral part of their offensive future. With Doug Pederson being announced as the head coach, it could have been a good idea to lock up Ertz now as opposed to waiting for the end of the 2016 season. While in his position in Kansas City, Pederson witnessed the emergence of Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. It is very possible that Pederson, who was the Kansas City offensive coordinator, uses Ertz in a similar way. Both Kelce and Ertz are alike physically, and both possess the same amount of athleticism.
Kansas City used Kelce in a variety of ways. The Chiefs lined him up in the traditional tight end spot, split him out as a wide receiver and even had him in the backfield at times and motioned to another position. Being put in different positions created matchup problems for some defenses. This allowed Kelce to amass 72 receptions, five touchdowns and a spot in this year’s Pro Bowl.
Now that Ertz has a contract is among highest at the position, Ertz will have to prove he is worth the money in 2016.