Denver Broncos: 4 moves to become Super Bowl favorites
2. Trading for Zach Ertz
For some reason, I get the gut feeling some may balk at this idea. Before that happens, let’s dive deeper into this situation.
Coming off of his worst season as a professional, Ertz has a chip on his shoulder. It’s not often that you hear a tight end scheduled to make 12+ million dollars say he feels undervalued, but that may be the case here.
It’s been speculated that the Philadelphia Eagles are indeed trying to move on from Ertz, but they may be asking too much. Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman was seeking a third-rounder for Ertz.
If George Paton was willing to send a 5th-round pick for Ertz and have the Philadelphia Eagles take on an extra $4 million, ala the Teddy Bridgewater deal, I would be for it.
Adding Ertz to this offense may seem a bit extra, but this tight end unit is not the deepest. This group is also very young, Ertz could provide a solid weapon for whomever the quarterback is in 2021.
He is going to be a 30-year-old tight end, and there is a concern there. Last year he did not perform up to par, but that offense seems lost right now. What was the identity for that team last year? They seemed to be confused themselves, so I won’t fault Ertz for a lack of statistical production in 2020.
Just the year before, 2019, Ertz had 88 receptions and 900 yards, and 6 touchdowns. I’d be willing to take that risk. Just imagine if this offense got a healthy and revamped Zach Ertz.
It could just be a rental, but it would also give this team time to really let Albert Okwuegbunam get healthy. This isn’t cast off on Albert Okwuegbunam, quite the opposite.
I’d like for him to be Noah Fant’s robin for years to come. 2021, for Okwuegbunam, could be a building year in preparation for a dominant season in 2022. If Ertz could come in and be 75% of what he was in 2019, Okwuegbunam’s future could be a beneficiary.
Imagine if the Denver Broncos could add a revamped Zach Ertz and Aaron Rodgers. Putting those two guys in place with this already talented offense, I’m confidently picking us to be Super Bowl Champions in 2021.
Could you imagine having that feeling of success again, that quick? It has been a brutal four years here in Broncos Country. These two deals could alone change 2021, drastically.