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The summer sunshine in the city of Philadelphia seems to have melted away the tension between longtime tight end Zach Ertz and the Eagles. The two sides were at odds when Ertz expressed an interest in being traded earlier this year after he and the team couldn’t agree on a deal, leaving him in limbo.
Ertz spoke to the media about making amends with the organization and coming back to the club after they couldn’t find a trading partner, even though several teams expressed interest.
Ertz stated that he’s always wanted to stay in Philly all along, and now it appears after much back and forth, he’s going to get his wish.
“Like I’ve said all along, this is the place I want to be, this is the place I want to retire. Those feeling haven’t changed,” Ertz said.
“I’m moving on from everything that happened this offseason. There have been apologies, there have been things that we’ve mended and, ultimately, I’m here, I’m excited to be here and I’m excited to be a member of this football team.”
Last season, Ertz caught just 36 passes for 335 yards and one score.
The two sides didn’t always have the nicest things to say about each other at times during the offseason. Now like a young high school couple, the two sides are back in love and ready to work things out.
“This organization has believed in me, not only these first eight years of my career, but they believed in me probably more so than anyone else did in the league. They were standing firm to what they believed was fair and, ultimately, I can’t fault them for that,” Ertz said.
“For me, in my faith, it’s all about forgiveness, forgiveness, and who am I not to extend a forgiving arm with everything I believe in my faith? I’m here now. The offseason is over. This is all about the Philadelphia Eagles and being the best player I can be for this team and this city.”