Last year, tight end Zach Ertz wanted a new contract with a higher salary. On Sunday, the 31-year-old got that — but with the Arizona Cardinals.
The deal is a three-year contract worth $31.65 million with $17.5 million guaranteed. Ertz’s new salary equates to $10.55 million per year. He remains among the top-ten highest-paid tight ends in the NFL. Above him (No. 3 spot) is his former teammate, Dallas Goedert, who rakes in $14.25 million per year.
In his career with the Eagles, Ertz completed 579 receptions for 6,267 yards and 38 touchdowns during his nine seasons in Philadelphia. He was a three-time Pro Bowler, catching the game-winning touchdown in the franchise’s only Super Bowl victory.
On October 15, Philadelphia traded him to Arizona in exchange for cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round draft pick.
The 2021 season was Ertz’s first full season since 2018. In ten weeks with the Cardinals, he completed 56 catches for 574 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Ertz ended the season tying the Cardinals’ single-season record for catches by a tight end. He was also the first Cardinals tight end with more than 500 receiving yards since 2003.
Finishing the last season of his five-year extension from 2016, he would have reached free agency this week if not for his new deal.