The Tennessee Titans added Julio Jones to their offense last weekend but they shouldn’t be done trying to rebuild an offense that had several key departures this offseason. Tight end could use some help and Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is available on the trade block.
The Titans have been linked as a “realistic landing spot” for Ertz by Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report. Moton wrote:
"Even though the Titans just acquired wideout Julio Jones, general manager Jon Robinson told reporters that the team is “still monitoring” the tight end position. Keep in mind, Tennessee lost tight end Jonnu Smith to the New England Patriots in free agency."
Anthony Firkser is the current plan at tight end for Tennessee and there’s a lot of unknown with him. He’s started just two games in his NFL career and has 816 receiving yards and three touchdowns through three years in the NFL. The former Harvard product doesn’t have the production on his resumé that Ertz has and that’s why the Titans need to go out and make this trade happen.
Zach Ertz would make the Tennessee Titans’ offense even scarier.
Ertz is coming off a down year, but that was due to injury. He still appeared in 11 games and hauled in 36 receptions for 335 yards and a touchdown, but quarterback play also impacted his season. Ertz is three years removed from totaling over 1,100 receiving yards and eight touchdowns and was once grouped in with the top tight ends in the league.
The Titans might have added Jones, but they shouldn’t be done upgrading their offense. As Moton noted, Jonnu Smith bolted for New England and the Titans also lost Corey Davis in free agency. They replaced Davis with Jones and now they need a true replacement for Smith, who was one of Ryan Tannehill’s favorite targets a season ago.
Ertz’s down year in 2020 might help the Titans in trade negotiations and he’s also turning 31 in November. Tennessee should do whatever it takes to land the Eagles tight end and bring him to Nashville because he’d be yet another weapon for Tannehill as the Titans look to stake their claim in the AFC.