Kyler Murray has been an equal-opportunity pass supplier to his receivers this year, and he will have another target to through to moving forward.
The Arizona Cardinals announced Friday morning the team has acquired former Philadelphia Eagle and three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz for rookie cornerback Tay Gowan and Arizona’s fifth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
It was no secret the Cardinals were looking for a tight end after Maxx Williams suffered a season-ending knee injury on Sunday.
Over nine seasons with the Eagles, Ertz caught 579 passes for 6,267 yards and 38 touchdowns. In 2018, he set the NFL single-season record for receptions by a tight end with 116 catches. The former Stanford Cardinal also had five straight seasons with 800+ receiving yards from 2015-2019.
This year, he has 18 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
Zach Ertz very emotional as he enters the lockeroom pic.twitter.com/vemnkBihXs
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 15, 2021
Ertz and the Eagles seemed to be far apart when it came to talks of a contract extension last year, and it was reported the team had looked to move him in the past.
The Ertz family is also very familiar with Arizona. Zach’s wife, Julie Ertz, has logged over 100 matches for Team USA women’s soccer. The two-time World Cup winner is a native of Mesa, Arizona and attended Dobson High School. She currently plays on the Chicago Red Stars and is teammates with Kealia Watt, wife of J.J. Watt.
Gowan was a sixth-round selection by the Cardinals in the 2021 NFL Draft out of the University of Central Florida. He had yet to take the field with Arizona in his rookie season.