Zach Ertz at the 2018 ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theatre LA Live LOS ANGELES^ CA

Veteran Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz asked for, and was granted, release from the Cardinals. Former Cardinals teammate J.J. Watt first reported the news, which was confirmed by the team shortly thereafter. The 33-year-old Ertz was under contract through 2024 after signing a three-year deal with Arizona in 2022.

Ertz, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has 27 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown in seven games this season. He joined the Cardinals via trade prior to the deadline in the 2021 season, catching 56 passes for 574 yards and three touchdowns in his 11 games played that season. Ertz followed 2021 with a 47-catch, 406-yard 2022 season that included four touchdown catches, but as the Cardinals shifted to rookie tight end Trey McBride as they planned to rebuild. Ertz was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 24 due to a quad strain, which he sustained two days earlier in Arizona’s 20-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Last season, Ertz tore his ACL and MCL in a Week 10 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Ertz, a Super Bowl champion with Philadelphia, has caught 709 passes for 7,434 yards and 46 touchdowns in 151 career games with the Eagles (2013-21) and Cardinals.

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