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Eagles re-sign Zach Ertz to a five-year deal

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The Philadelphia Eagles have re-signed tight end Zach Ertz to a new five-year deal, worth $42.5 million. He’s guaranteed $20 million from this contract.

He’ll be the 4th-highest paid tight end in the league, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The team believe that he’ll be a big part of their future. This contract extension could also mean the end of Brent Celek’s team with the team.

He was Chip Kelly’s second round pick in 2013. He had 169 receptions for 2,024 yards and nine touchdowns in his career.

The 30-year-old Celek is entering the final year of his six-year, $29.25 million contract that he signed in 2011. He’s due to make $4.925 million next season with a $5 million cap hit; however, there’s no dead cap money, which means that if the Eagles release him, they won’t be hurt in the salary cap from it.

Ertz had nine catches for 152 in the season finale against the New York Giants. He also had 13 catches for 122 yards in Kelly’s finale game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field.

The 38-24 loss to the Redskins eliminated the Eagles from the playoff picture on Dec. 26th.

Those two games were the only games that he surpassed a 100-plus yards in a game this season. He had 98 yards on five receptions against the Buffalo Bills — also at the Linc — on Dec. 13th.

If you take those games out of his season, his highest game was 78 yards on eight receptions against the Arizona Cardinals. He also had four games, where he had less than 20 receiving yards in a game.

Each season, his receptions and yards have increased. But his touchdowns have declined each season as he had two this season, three last season and four as a rookie in 2013.

In Kelly’s offense, he’s averaged 11.4 or more yards per catch. With Doug Pederson taking over as head coach, it wouldn’t be surprising if his numbers continue to go up.

Travis Kelce was a big part of the Kansas City Chiefs offense when Pederson was there. Ertz is expected to do the same next season and beyond with the Birds offense.

Kielce had 72 receptions for 875 yards and five touchdowns with the Chiefs this past season in Pederson’s final campaign with the team.

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