Conor Myles of the blog Eagles Maven reported on Thursday that the Los Angeles Rams are one of at least four teams to have inquired about what it would cost to trade for Zach Ertz. The Philadelphia Eagles tight end is not expected to return to the team in 2021, as the Eagles undergo a makeover following the firing of head coach Doug Pederson and the trade of Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts.
Myles noted that the Los Angeles Chargers also called about Ertz and were much more serious than the Rams about acquiring him.
A contact close to the former Pro Bowler has indicated to Eagle Maven that the Los Angeles Chargers are interested in acquiring Ertz. The Los Angeles Rams also called Philadelphia inquiring about the tight end, but the Chargers’ interest is believed to be heavier than the Rams, per a source.
The source also told Eagle Maven that 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.
It’s not hard to understand why Sean McVay would want to pair Ertz with new quarterback Matthew Stafford. LA could make a corresponding move by releasing Tyler Higbee to save several million dollars, but Ertz has an $8.2 million base salary in 2021. The Rams would need to probably restructure that, if only they were also able to figure out how to trade for Ertz when they’ve already used up most of their resources.