The Buffalo Bills appear all set at the tight end position heading into the 2023 season, but that wasn’t always the case this offseason.
It wasn’t much of a surprise when Zach Ertz was traded away from the Eagles before the 2021 trade deadline, but what was surprising is the team he said that nearly acquired him before he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals.
The veteran tight end recently spoke out and revealed that the Buffalo Bills tried to trade for him before the 2021 deadline. The deal would end up being nixed by the Eagles and he would ultimately get shipped to Arizona in exchange for a fifth-round pick and cornerback Tay Gowan.
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“There were a couple teams extremely interested, Buffalo being one of them,” Ertz said, via the Buffalo News. “It was almost a done deal, but it just didn’t get over the finish line.”
Ertz would have been a nice addition to an offense that already included quarterback Josh Allen, wideout Stefon Diggs and fellow tight end Dawson Knox.
The Bills have also added to the position by drafting first-round rookie Dalton Kincaid to form a potentially potent duo in an already strong offense.
In the 2013 NFL Draft, Ertz was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round as the 35th overall pick. He quickly made an impact in the league, becoming one of the top tight ends in the NFL.
In 2014, he set a new franchise single-game record with his 15 receptions.
Ertz achieved several milestones and accolades. He was named to the Pro Bowl three times (2017, 2018, 2019) and played a key role in the Eagles’ victory in Super Bowl LII, where he made the game-winning touchdown catch.
The 32-year-old is currently second among tight ends in career receiving yards (7,247) and receptions (682).WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.