The #Cardinals are finalizing a three-year deal with three-time Pro Bowl TE Zach Ertz, per source.
Ertz has thrived since arriving in Arizona, and now stays on a deal that keeps him among the NFL’s top 10 highest-paid tight ends at age 31. 💰
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 13, 2022
Zach Ertz, Arizona Cardinals, Agree to Contract
Spending time with both the Eagles and the Cardinals in 2021, Zach Ertz had a very solid season. Between both teams, Ertz caught 74 passes (56 with Arizona) for 763 yards and five touchdowns. The veteran Tight End provided Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense with more firepower in the passing game. Consistent with the career numbers he averaged 10.3 yards a catch, good enough for a first down every time he touched the ball. Ertz played 11 games with the Cardinals, starting all of them. He carried a snap share of 81%, up from the 61% he had while sharing time with Dallas Goedert in Philadelphia. Ertz instantly became the number one tight end for the Cardinals.
Previous to his split 2021 season, Ertz spent the previous nine seasons of his career all with the Eagles. A three-time Pro-Bowler and one-time Super Bowl Champion, Ertz scored 38 touchdowns during his time in Philadelphia. 2018 was a banner season for the 6 foot 5-inch tight end. He caught 116 passes on 156 targets and cracked 1000 receiving yards (1163) for the only time in his career. 72 of the 116 receptions in 2018 resulted in Eagles first downs, good for 63%. He was targeted over 100 times in each of the five seasons spanning from 2015-to 2019.
During his time with the Eagles, Ertz put up some ridiculous stats. His 579 receptions are 12th-most by a tight end with one team in NFL history. He had 11 games with at least ten receptions, only Tony Gonzalez had more games with at least ten receptions (15) with the same team. Ertz has five seasons with at least 70 catches. Only four other tight ends in NFL history have had 70 in more seasons than Ertz. They are Gonzalez (14), Jason Witten (9), Antonio Gates, and Travis Kelce (both with 6).
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