Connecting The Dots For Zach Ertz-Preston Smith Swap
The NFL offseason has become like the NBA. There is no way to fight what has happened here. That’s the reality of the situation. The NFL kingmakers saw what good business the NBA offseason was and they brought it into their sport. That’s why they’re the kings and queens of this shit. Therefore, it’s not surprising that more trade ideas are being popped up than ever before. While we don’t have a trade machine, some trades can work if you look at salaries and match it up. In the case of the Green Bay Packers, they could deal for Zach Ertz while sending Preston Smith out. The deal makes sense financially. Does it on the football field too?
People might be wondering ‘Charlie, did you pull this out of thin air?’ The answer is no, not really. Here’s how this thing can go potentially for both teams. First, we have the Packers who apparently were interested in Ertz at the deadline. They made a deal for him before he went on IR in late October. Robert Tonyan had not exactly emerged just yet as a premier option for the Packers. While Philadelphia is not linked to Smith, it is said that Preston is involved in trade talks. No one knows if the Eagles will run a 3-4 or 4-3. Their team is built for the 3-4, and that’s where Smith could fit in.
The financial part of it is pretty simple. Green Bay can get out from Smith’s deal that pays him two years, 16 million dollars without much stress. Then they can assume Ertz’s contract which is $8.2 million for next season only. Packers might play hardball with Philadelphia knowing that it’s known that if Ertz doesn’t get traded, he will be cut. Yet what might make Green Bay likely do a deal is they owe Smith a bonus on March 20th. These two organizations could leave the table and both guys get cut then there you have it.
As for the field, Tonyan did have a good year, but there are many using the ‘r’ word with him. The debates about his regression will be heavy. Ertz would give you more than a safety net. He would give you a premier option that would be equivalent to signing any big-name receiver. Yes, Green Bay is loaded at the tight end position. But a player like Jace Sternberger is likely wearing out his welcome. Marcedes Lewis probably wasn’t coming back regardless. Green Bay can make it work.
We’ll see if Green Bay makes an NBA-style deal.