Ertz has signed a five-year contract extension with the Eagles, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Ertz's new deal will reportedly make him the NFL's fourth highest-paid tight end, and keep him with the Eagles through 2021. At 25 years old, Ertz set new career-highs with 75 catches (on 112 targets) for 853 yards this season, when he also scored two touchdowns.
Ertz caught all nine of his targets for a career-high 152 receiving yards in Sunday's win over the Giants. The third-year pro was dominant on Sunday, as he led the team in targets, yards and receptions for the second straight week. Ertz finished the season on a high, as he caught 35 passes and averaged 112.5 over the last four games, which easily represents the best stretch of his career. Ertz appears to be trending up heading into year four, although it remains to be seen how he will be affected by all of the changes likely to occur in Philadelphia during the offseason.
Ertz caught 13 of 17 targets for 122 yards -- all team-highs -- during Saturday's loss to Washington. Quarterback Sam Bradford threw 56 passes during the game, connecting with 10 different receivers, though Ertz was the dominant one of the group. Ertz has been targeted 30 times in the last two games, and he'll look to continue his solid play in Week 17 against the Giants, who he caught four passes on seven targets for 43 yards against back in Week 6.
Ertz caught eight passes for 78 yards and a touchdown on a game-high 13 targets in Sunday's 40-17 loss to the Cardinals. Ertz was checked for a concussion after taking a big hit in the first half, but he was ultimately cleared and didn't miss much time. He also appeared to get a bit banged up in the fourth quarter, though no injury has been reported. Ertz and Jordan Matthews were the entire Philadelphia passing game, after Ertz and Nelson Agholor did the honors the previous week. Even though he's the Eagles' most consistent weapon, Ertz will likely be closer to his typical 6-8 targets in Week 16 against Washington.
Ertz caught five passes for 98 yards in Sunday's win over the Bills. Ertz caught the longest pass of his career in the fourth quarter, a 41-yard catch-and-run that set up the Eagles' game-winning field goal. Quarterback Sam Bradford continues to find Ertz in the air, and with the Eagles' offense clicking better than it has all year, Ertz has space to work among the team's weapons and get open. His production has been improving all season long.
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