The Tennessee Titans will have a less expensive option to land him later.
Trading for Zach Ertz probably means two things happen that you don’t want to see if you’re a Tennessee Titans fan. One, they’d no doubt have to give up draft capital. Second, any team that trades for Ertz also has to engulf that $8.5 million salary he represents in 2021.
Now, you’re very aware that this team just added Julio Jones right? You’re aware that he’s making a pretty good chunk of change in 2021 right?
Ertz, from what’s being said and written, has no intention of returning to the Eagles in 2021, and if they were to release him, a very real possibility, the Titans would be able to simply sign him and bring him on board for a much lower price tag.
Ertz is talented. There’s no denying that, but tying up just under $24 million between Ertz and Jones doesn’t make good business sense. Again, you still have to juggle the idea that Philly could release him, and at this point, the Titans need to be building their roster by making two very wise strategies: signing good players who are young and playing on rookie deals or signing veterans at bargain prices.
There’s not a ton that they can do about Julio’s price tag. Who knows? Maybe they can restructure, but until then, that deal ties Tennessee’s hands a lot and limits what they can do in terms of others.