Why I’m Grier’s No. 1 choice for Eagles | SI.com

On Friday, the Eagles are expected to release the team’s newest addition, tight end Nick Grier, according to several reports.

According to sources, the team is interested in trading Grier as the organization looks to move on from its first-round draft pick, TE Zach Ertz.

Sources also indicate that Grier will be the most attractive player the Eagles will take at No. 5 overall.

Ertz is the top tight end in the draft.

The Eagles reportedly wanted to bring Ertz to Philadelphia.

Sources say that the team would like to move Grier because he can help them improve on last year’s 27th overall pick, WR Corey Davis.

Davis finished last season with 3,072 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns.

Erzt, meanwhile, averaged a team-high 11.7 yards per reception and 15.4 yards per catch last season.

Grier would help the Eagles in the short-term.

Sources told ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter that Griers deal could be finalized as early as Monday.

Sources have said the Eagles could have Grier back on the roster as early or as late as June, but a deal would have to be completed prior to the start of the 2018 regular season.

If a deal is completed, Grier could be released before the 2019 season, according the sources.

If the Eagles don’t trade Grier this offseason, the franchise will likely have to find a replacement to the tight end.

Gries move would free up $5.5 million in salary cap space this season, but it’s possible the Eagles would have $8.5-$9 million in cap space to spend on other positions.

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