Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has made one of his first moves as the new coach of the NFC East franchise.
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has been signed to a new five-year deal with the team on Monday, that will keep him in Philadelphia until the end of the 2021 season.
According to NFL.com: "NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the extension is worth $42.5 million, with $20 million in guarantees." This makes Ertz the fourth highest paid tight end in average and guaranteed money in the league.
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The three tight ends that are earning more money than him include Jimmy Graham ($10 million), Julius Thomas ($9.2 million) and Rob Gronkowski ($9 million).
Ertz had 75 receptions for 853 yards across 15 games in 2015, and he has racked up 2,024 yards and nine touchdowns from 169 catches since being drafted in the second round of the 2013 draft.
The 25-year-old had a lot of promise entering the season back in September, but he really only managed to show up during the last four weeks of the regular season.
During that span, he caught 35 passes for 450 yards, which is the highest yardage total by a tight end in NFL history over the last four weeks of a regular season.
Ertz still has that promise surrounding him as the team prepares for the 2016 season under new leadership. The Eagles will be hoping the form he had during the last four weeks continues into the new season.