Denver Broncos: 9 tight ends the team could acquire for depth

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Denver Broncos, Zach Ertz
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5. Zach Ertz (Eagles, trade)

If it were up to me, I would be blowing up Howie Roseman’s phone trying to figure out how to facilitate a trade for Zach Ertz, who has been staying away from Eagles OTAs in anticipation of a possible deal being made.

Ertz has been one of the NFL’s best and most productive tight ends in recent years, but Philadelphia is resetting their roster and Ertz is not in the future plans at this point.

Because of that, he could probably be acquired for relatively cheap in a trade and the Eagles would likely be thrilled to offload his $8.5 million base salary for this season.

George Paton has certainly done a good job of manipulating the salary cap this year with the figure going down due to the pandemic, but the Denver Broncos could afford Ertz for this season and he would undoubtedly be an asset.

The question here is fit.

Would Ertz be willing to play a TE2 role behind Noah Fant? Would Ertz’s presence take too much away from Okwuegbunam?

Those things are valid points and likely will prevent the Denver Broncos from making this kind of move. Still, the possibility is out there until some other team trades for him and Ertz would be a great outlet for whoever ends up winning the Broncos’ quarterback competition.

He has familiarity with Pat Shurmur as well dating back to Shurmur’s years with the Eagles (2013-15 together with Ertz).