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The Arizona Cardinals continue to come up as a potential landing spot for Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, in either a trade or a possible free-agent signing.

The Eagles can save $8.5 million in cap space by releasing or trading Ertz after 1 p.m. Arizona time on Tuesday.

Could Ertz find his way to Arizona?

Speculation continues to link him to the Cardinals.

Ertz’s wife, Julie Ertz, is from Mesa, Arizona and some writers feel he would be a good fit in Arizona’s offense as another receiving threat for Kyler Murray alongside DeAndre Hopkins and others.

More: Arizona Cardinals’ Zach Ertz trade speculation returns with Jordan Hicks trade report’s Mike Kaye listed the Cardinals among six potential destinations for Ertz in either a trade or free agency, should the tight end be released.

He wrote: “With the Cardinals gearing up to contend with Kyler Murray still on his rookie deal, Ertz would make a lot of sense as a receiving option in their spread offense. Ertz could team with DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk and A.J. Green to create the best receiving quartet in the game. The Cardinals are shopping former Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks, so a player-for-player swap could be a positive for Howie Roseman, who will look to sell the return in trading Ertz.”

VOTE: Would you like to see the #AZCardinals trade for #Eagles TE Zach Ertz? (Speculation:

— azcentral sports (@azcsports) June 1, 2021

SB Nation’s Revenge of the Birds listed Ertz as a potential candidate for the Cardinals to trade for after June 1.

Andy Kwong wrote: “Ertz is coming off a poor 2020 season marred with injuries and inconsistencies. Based on the 2020 season alone, you would have to ask yourself why any team would trade for this guy? Prior to 2020, he was selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls and was a top-5 tight end in the NFL. He has 561 receptions, 6,078 receiving yards, and 60 touchdowns in his career being one of the top tight ends over the last decade. I cannot remember the last time the Cardinals have had a tight end of his caliber and he would certainly satisfy a need. His wife, Julie, was born in Mesa, Arizona so the Pro Bowl tight end certainly has some ties to the Valley. Any team that trades for Ertz will have to take in his $8.5 million salary but with his quality production over the last decade, he could be worth the price.”

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If Zach Ertz gets released, I’d feel pretty good about the #AZCardinals chances at landing him.

As many people have already told me, his wife Julie Ertz was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Lots of family connections there.

Also aligns with Cards’ aggressiveness this offseason

— Andy Kwong (@akwong31) May 31, 2021

ESPN’s Tim McManus had a story weighing the Eagles’ trade options, and included some chatter about the Cardinals.

He wrote: “June 1 has been viewed as a possible pivot point in this situation. If Ertz is traded or released after this date, the Eagles would receive an additional $3.5 million in cap relief this season. While that’s nothing to sneeze at, neither side views June 1 as a significant marker in this case from what we gather. Could it help nudge things along once the additional relief is secured? Perhaps, but it doesn’t feel as though the Eagles are sitting on a deal and waiting to make a move. …  Linebacker could also use some bolstering — former Eagles LB Jordan Hicks was just granted permission from Arizona to seek a trade — and they could use a veteran wide receiver and perhaps another tight end to help make up for the inevitable loss of Ertz.”

To the people claiming Zach Ertz isn’t worth pursing, have you seen the Cardinals history at the tight end position??!! Have you seen their current TE depth chart?!?!

Ertz the last 4 seasons:

2020 (hurt) – 335 yards, 1 TD

2019 – 916, 6 TDs

2018 – 1163, 8 TDs

2017 – 824, 8 TDs

— Johnny Venerable (@JohnnyVenerable) May 19, 2021

Fansided’s Jim Koch recently wrote about how Ertz should be a priority for Arizona.

He wrote: “Perhaps a future draft choice would be sufficient enough to acquire the talented Ertz. One thing’s for sure, the Redbirds could use an upgrade at the tight end position in the worst way.”

Cards Wire’s Alex Sutton recently wrote about Ertz’s potential fit with the Cardinals.

He wrote: “At this point, Zach Ertz’s tenure with the Eagles is almost certainly coming to a close. Countless media outlets have reported trade discussions involving Ertz since last season, with general manager Howie Roseman hesitating in hopes of a solid return. The Cardinals are definitely in need of secondary help. but as of right now, they have not filled the void left by pass-catching tight end Dan Arnold. Ertz makes a ton of sense and fits the type of players they brought in during free agency. Ertz has dealt with injuries but saw his role decline on a dysfunctional 2020 Eagles team. He’s about a year removed from being one of the league’s top tight ends and three years from a Super Bowl championship, which is precisely the type of leadership the Cards have sought all offseason.”

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“Few believe Ertz is part of the Eagles’ 2021 plans and June 1 is where the rubber could meet the road.” –@JFMcMullen

Sounding like it’s when, not if, Zach Ertz will be moved (if not cut).

Again, the Cardinals are a team to watch here.

— Johnny Venerable (@JohnnyVenerable) May 31, 2021

The Arizona Republic’s Bob McManaman wrote this about Ertz and the Cardinals earlier this month:

“It’s no secret the Eagles are willing to part with veteran Zach Ertz, so flipping Hicks back to Philadelphia in some type of package could be doable. Hicks could provide insurance for Eric Wilson and Ertz, who turns 31 in November, could be a dependable pass catcher in Kingsbury’s high-octane offense. Though he was limited last season due to a lingering high ankle sprain, Ertz averaged 81.5 receptions and 889 passing yards a year from 2014-19 and caught 31 touchdowns during that span. In 2018, the three-time Pro performer caught the most passes by a tight end in a single season (116) and earned first-team All-Pro honors.”

Cardinals still need a tight end. How would everyone feel about Zach Ertz?

— Bob McManaman (@azbobbymac) May 1, 2021

Could Arizona somehow land Ertz for the 2021 season?

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