“I don’t think Essendon’s going to trade him, but that hasn’t stopped clubs hovering. Carlton, Port Adelaide and Hawthorn I understand have some level of interest in Zach Merrett,” Morris told On The Couch.
“Although it seems impossible they could get a trade done … the fact these clubs are hovering and are at least asking the question just tells us there’s a fair bit of unrest at Essendon at the moment.
“They absolutely reckon they’re an outside chance, otherwise they wouldn’t be in the game at all. And if it doesn’t happen in the next month, it might happen in 12 months’ time when he comes out of contract.
“This is ‘pre agency’ at its absolute best. This is why players have more power than ever before.”
Merrett finished second in the Bombers’ Best and Fairest count to Jordan Ridley after a stellar season in the red and back.