The Philadelphia Eagles chose quarterback Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in the 2016 draft. Now, the Eagles could be close to trading their franchise quarterback.
According to an ESPN report, the Eagles have already received “aggressive” trade offers for Carson Wentz. The report comes a day after an NFL Network report revealed that the Eagles have been taking calls from teams about a trade.
Although the Eagles are not able to formally complete a trade until March 17, a trade can be agreed to. The Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams recently agreed to a deal sending Matthew Stafford to Los Angeles in exchange for two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and quarterback Jared Goff.
Could the Eagles be getting a similar deal?
It is unlikely they will receive multiple firsts and a starting-caliber player, but they might not be far off, and a first-round pick plus more is certainly in play. Although Wentz is coming off of a terrible year, he was a top-15ish quarterback from 2017-2019, and considerably better in 2017, so he still has plenty of value. He also ended the year healthy, which is huge when it comes to his trade value.
The financial consequences of trading Wentz would be significant for the Eagles, as he would leave a $34 million dead cap hit, but it would also save them from paying him an additional $25 million this season.
It is still unclear what the Eagles would do at quarterback without Wentz. They could give Jalen Hurts a year to see if he can win the job. Or they could pursue a quarterback at the top of the draft with the sixth overall pick.
Either way, it appears to be a matter of when, not if, the Eagles will trade Wentz.