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PHILADELPHIA – Jason Kelce was just like every other Eagles fan during the offseason.

He fully expected tight end Zach Ertz would get traded after Ertz expressed his displeasure over his contract last season before giving what seemed like a tearful farewell in his postseason press conference in January.

a man wearing glasses: Jason Kelce dyed his hair blond recently because he lost a bet about Zach Ertz's status on the team. © MARTIN FRANK/DELAWARE NEWS JOURNAL Jason Kelce dyed his hair blond recently because he lost a bet about Zach Ertz's status on the team.

The rumors persisted throughout the spring and as training camp approached. So when Kelce and Ertz started working out together at the NovaCare Complex, the two made a bet.

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Ertz had just dyed his hair blond, and Kelce said if Ertz was still on the roster for the season opener that he, too, would dye his hair blond. Ertz took the bet as he expected to remain an Eagle.

Sure enough, Ertz was still an Eagle as the opener approached last week, so Kelce paid up.

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"I was betting that he was going to get traded because I firmly thought he was going to get traded," Kelce said Thursday. "It’s a bet I’m happy to lose. (I'm) not happy with the hair, but happy that I lost the bet."


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Ertz, of course, has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times in his career, and he set the record for receptions by a tight end in a single season with 116 in 2018. But Ertz had an injury-filled season in 2020, posting career lows in receptions with 36 and yards with 335.

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Ertz had missed five games with a broken ankle that required surgery after the season, even though he played the final six games of the season before it had fully healed. Ertz described that as "freakin' debilitating" as the Eagles went through a 4-11-1 season.

Afterward, head coach Doug Pederson was fired and quarterback Carson Wentz, one of Ertz's best friends, was traded, and several other veterans weren't brought back.

Ertz, who's 30, also was due $8.5 million this season, the final year of his contract.

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So the trade desires seemed mutual for both Ertz and the Eagles. And yet, Ertz stayed, saying last week that he "mended faces" and "apologies were made."

Ertz had two catches for 34 yards last Sunday in the Eagles' 32-6 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Kelce wouldn't say how long he had to keep his hair dyed blond, but he's not a big fan of it. Neither is his wife. And looking back, Kelce said he should have known Ertz was coming back when they made the bet in July.

"I think (Ertz) might have known at that point (that he was staying), which is why I’m sitting here with this hair," Kelce said with a laugh. "A little inside information.

"He had just started working back out in the facility, which probably should’ve been another sign to me that he’d be coming back. Really happy that Zach is still here."

So are the Eagles.

This article originally appeared on Delaware News Journal: Philadelphia Eagles' Jason Kelce explains his blond hair after losing trade bet to Zach Ertz

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Ertz, who is vaccinated, was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday after testing positive for the virus. Per NFL protocols, a vaccinated and asymptomatic player can return after providing two negative test results 24 hours apart. The 30-year-old has played in both of Philadelphia's games this season, catching three passes for 40 yards. Before Ertz was activated, the Eagles were expected to use Dallas Goedert and rookie Jack Stoll at tight end. Now Jalen Hurts has another top-tier target for Monday's divisional battle against the Cowboys.

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