Chris Ballard and the Indianapolis Colts have had a relatively quiet offseason from what was expected from the franchise. Outside of the big trade to acquire quarterback Carson Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles, no massive moves were made. Now, it appears that a trade for another Eagles player, tight end Zach Ertz, could still be an option.
According to a report from Bleacher Report, the Colts are one of three teams that have shown continued interest in trading for Ertz. They wrote about why the fit with the Colts makes the most sense.
“Colts quarterback Carson Wentz has a connection with Ertz from their shared time with the Eagles. Ertz to Indianapolis seems like the best fit because of his familiarity with Wentz and Reich.”
Making a move to trade for Ertz likely would not cost the Colts a ton, as his value simply isn’t high right now. A mid-to-late-round pick would be the likely asking price. That price would be well worth it for the franchise.
Last season with the Eagles, Ertz ended up catching 36 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers were a big-time fall-off from the production that fans have become accustomed to from him. Perhaps a change of scenery could help him get back on track.
In addition to his lower numbers, the Eagles also have Dallas Goedert on the roster. He has become more of a focal point in the offense. That has pushed Ertz out of his role as primary tight end and has led to Philadelphia being open to trading him.
Should the Colts pull off a trade to acquire Zach Ertz, their offense would receive an upgrade. Jack Doyle is a good tight end, but even at this stage of his career, Ertz is a much better talent. His chemistry with Wentz and having played with Frank Reich as his coach would be a big help right off the bat.
Expect to see the Colts remain active prior to the start of the 2021 season. Ertz may not end up being acquired, but it would make a lot of sense. This is definitely something to keep an eye on.