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Arizona Cardinals announce trade for Zach Ertz

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The Arizona Cardinals have addressed the tight end position, as the team has announced a trade for Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz.

From the team:

Pending the passing of physicals, Arizona would acquire tight end Zach Ertz from the Eagles in exchange for cornerback Tay Gowan and Arizona’s fifth-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Ertz (6-5, 250) is a nine-year NFL veteran who has been selected to three Pro Bowls (2017-19) and was named first-team All-Pro in 2018. The 30-year old Ertz comes to Arizona after playing for nine seasons (2013-21) in Philadelphia where he appeared in 123 games (85 starts) and had 579 receptions for 6,267 yards and 38 touchdowns.

Below are some highlights from Ertz’s NFL career:

He set the NFL single-season record for receptions by a tight end with 116 catches in 2018, surpassing the mark of Jason Witten (110 in 2012). His 116 catches that season set an Eagles single-season franchise record and were the second most in the NFL, trailing only Michael Thomas (125).

Among tight ends dating back to his first year in the NFL in 2013, Ertz ranks 2nd in receptions (579), 2nd in receiving yards (6,267), 4th in touchdown receptions (38), and tied for 3rd in 100-yard receiving games (12).

Travis Kelce (6) and Jimmy Graham (4) are the only two tight ends that have earned more Pro Bowl selections than Ertz (3) over the past eight seasons.

Ertz (5) is one of just six tight ends in NFL history to have at least five seasons of 70+ receptions, joining Tony Gonzalez (14), Jason Witten (9), Antonio Gates (6), Travis Kelce (6) and Shannon Sharpe (5). Ertz and Kelce are the only tight ends in the NFL to have at least five seasons of 70+ receptions dating back to 2013.

His 579 career receptions rank second on the Eagles all-time receptions list behind only Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael (589).

Between 2015-19, Ertz had five consecutive seasons of 800+ receiving yards. He joined Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten, Travis Kelce and Greg Olsen as the only TEs in league history with at least five consecutive seasons of 800+ receiving yards.

Ertz caught the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl LII that gave the Eagles a 38-33 lead with just over two minutes left in regulation.

He entered the league with Philadelphia as a second-round selection (35th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Stanford.

Ertz’s wife, Julie, is a Mesa, AZ native who attended Dobson High School from 2006-2010 and currently plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League.

Welcome to the desert, Zach.