Carson Wentz is reportedly expected to request a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles, NFL reporter Chris Mortensen said on ESPN’s NFL Countdown on Sunday morning. Wentz was supposed to be the Eagles’ franchise quarterback, but it looks like that has differed. Buckle those seatbelts fans, we’ve got a crazy offseason coming up!
“Carson Wentz, his relationship with the Eagles is all but fractured. In fact, it is fractured,” Mortensen said (h/t Matt Mullin from PhillyVoice). “Wentz is expected to ask the Eagles for a trade. He’ll help the Eagles to facilitate a trade. The reaction of Jeffrey Lurie, the owner, will be vital to this one. But right now, Wentz clearly wants out of Philadelphia and a fresh start somewhere else. That will be a big story in the offseason.”
This would obviously change the franchise in a big way. Back in 2016 the Eagles drafted Wentz with their second pick. Wentz looked like he was going to be the greatest to ever do it in his first two seasons. Ever since he tore his ACL in week 15 of the 2017 regular season, he’s never been the same.
The Eagles drafted Jalen Hurts in the 2020 draft with their 53rd pick. This was a very controversial pick when the Eagles could’ve picked up a QB in the later rounds. In week 13 Wentz was playing awful, like he has all season. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson benched Wentz and put Hurts in the game. Hurts played amazing. Hurts would then start the remainder of the games for the 2020 season. Hurts will start Sunday night as Wentz will be marked as a healthy sratch.
Meanwhile, NFL Network is reporting that if Wentz does end up on the trade block, he would prefer to be reunited with Frank Reich in Indianapolis.
“My understanding is Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, if he is in fact on the block and traded, would prefer Indy over several other choices,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said.
If this were to happen, Colts current quarterback Phillip Rivers would have to retire, which is a real possibility.
Earlier this week, former Eagles executive Joe Banner said Wentz’s contract is tradable.
“That’s why I said the hand they’ve been dealt is either keep him and it’s really expensive or they trade him and it’s really expensive,” Banner said. “It’s actually a little less expensive if you trade him than if you keep him. So if he’s going to end up being on the bench or if he’s going to end up being a starter that is not adequate to win, they’re actually better off from a cap perspective to trade him than to keep him.”
Did you buckle those seatbelts yet?