It’s easy to forget that Carson Wentz looked like an MVP-caliber quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles just a few short years ago. That was reflected in what the organization thought of him at the time in some thoughts that didn’t age well.
After Wentz was traded to the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, old audio resurfaced of former Eagles coach Doug Pederson discussing Wentz with 49ers general manager John Lynch. Pederson talked about how “incredible” Wentz was, praising his work ethic and preparation. The coach then concluded with a remark that will make Eagles fans cringe in retrospect: “As long as we don’t screw him up, right?”
The Eagles beat Lynch’s 49ers 33-10 on Oct. 29, 2017. That win moved them to 7-1 in a season that ultimately saw them win the Super Bowl. Six weeks later, Wentz tore his ACL, ending his season. Still, he was effective in 2018 and 2019 before his enormous step back in 2020 led to the team’s decision to trade him.
There will be debate over who, exactly, screwed Wentz up, whether it was himself, the coaches, the organization, or bad luck. Whatever the case, little more than three years after delivering that remark, Pederson is out of a job, and Wentz is headed to Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Colts players were likely disappointed when Philip Rivers announced his retirement last month, but they seem plenty excited about the team’s new starting quarterback.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded Carson Wentz to the Colts on Thursday in exchange for draft picks. While there are mixed opinions about whether Wentz can revive his career in Indy, linebacker Darius Leonard and other Colts veterans are clearly optimistic about what the future holds.
The Colts’ official Twitter account also shared a photo of head coach Frank Reich with a big smile on his face not long after the trade was completed.
Wentz has a tremendous opportunity to revive his career in Indianapolis. Reich was the offensive coordinator with the Eagles in 2017, which is when Wentz was having his best NFL season prior to tearing his ACL. The 28-year-old should be plenty familiar with the offensive scheme.
The Colts stood their ground in trade talks with the Eagles and did not end up giving up much. If Wentz proves he can be a viable starter on what is already a playoff-caliber team, the trade will have been well worth it.
Carson Wentz is officially on his way to becoming the starting quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded Wentz to the Colts on Thursday in exchange for a third-round pick this year and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen were the first to report the news.
The 2022 pick would become a first-round pick if Wentz plays at least 75 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps next season, according to Schefter. It would also become a first if Wentz plays at least 70 percent and Indy reaches the postseason.
The Colts have looked like the most likely suitor for Wentz for quite some time. Their head coach, Frank Reich, was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia when Wentz had an MVP-caliber season back in 2017. Wentz was reportedly determined to reunite with Reich, though some other teams expressed interest in the former second overall pick.
Wentz also drew interest from the Chicago Bears, but it sounds like he did not want to play there. The Bears were not going to trade for Wentz knowing he didn’t want to play for them, which left the Colts as the only real suitor. Indy knew that and refused to up its offer, and that patience obviously paid off.
While he had a horrible season in 2020 and was benched for his poor play, Wentz has a great opportunity to revive his career with the Colts. He’s still just 28 and is plenty familiar with Reich’s system.
The Philadelphia Eagles have supposedly been on the verge of trading Carson Wentz for over a week now, but they have yet to pull the trigger on a deal. Is that because they are waiting for one team to up its offer?
Wentz reportedly wants to play for the Indianapolis Colts, where former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich is the head coach. The Chicago Bears also have interest in Wentz, but Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Inquirer was told by an NFL source on Wednesday that they are not going to trade for the quarterback if he doesn’t want to play for them.
The Eagles are said to be looking for a Matthew Stafford-like package for Wentz, but that is not going to happen. The Los Angeles Rams sent two future first-round picks, a third-round pick this year and Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions for Stafford. The Colts have offered Philly much less than that, and Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports that they are sticking to it.
It sounds like the Colts are bidding against themselves. Given what we recently heard about Jalen Hurts, it’s tough to imagine Wentz remaining with the Eagles next season. If the Colts are patient, they will likely get Wentz at their preferred price point.
The Indianapolis Colts are viewed by many as the most logical suitor for Carson Wentz, but it does not sound like they have made a strong offer for the former second overall pick.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer said Monday that Wentz’s preference is to be traded to Indianapolis. Colts head coach Frank Reich was the offensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles when Wentz had his best season in 2017, so you can understand why the quarterback would want to play for Reich again. But is the interest mutual?
As McLane sees it, a deal would probably have gotten done by now if the Eagles had the best offer on the table for Wentz. The Chicago Bears may be willing to offer more. Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk pointed out that one option for Wentz would be to hold out if he truly doesn’t want to go to Chicago.
The Colts have reportedly made their offer for Wentz, and it doesn’t include a first-round pick. There has been talk that the Eagles are hoping for a return like the one the Detroit Lions got for Matthew Stafford, which was multiple future first-round picks and a third-round pick this year. It doesn’t sound like there is that type of market for Wentz.
One reputable radio host wondered if the Eagles are leaking information in an attempt to drive up the price for Wentz. That can’t be ruled out at this point, though a trade still appears all but certain.
Despite numerous reports that a Carson Wentz trade is moving closer and closer, nothing has actually happened yet. The reported offers the Philadelphia Eagles are receiving might explain why.
Former ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski told 6abc that he was told the Indianapolis Colts had offered a pair of second-round picks for Wentz, and that was the best offer the Eagles had received to this point.
That may well be why the Eagles have not pulled the trigger on a deal. Word is they are looking for a Matthew Stafford-type return for Wentz, which would involve at least one first-round pick, if not more. In fact, word is that the asking price has put some teams off of pursuing Wentz.
The 28-year-old quarterback is clearly available, but the Eagles are also not eager to give him away. It leaves Wentz’s status in flux as we head into the offseason.
The Indianapolis Colts are one of two teams most heavily linked to a trade for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. That interest remains, but there appears to be a key sticking point in negotiations between the two teams.
According to Mike Kaye of NJ.com, the Colts have requested additional compensation from the Eagles in a Wentz trade. That means they want the Eagles to sweeten the pot by including some combination of extra players or picks along with Wentz if they want the Colts to meet Philadelphia’s asking price.
The Eagles appear willing to at least discuss this, as the report states that a second unnamed Eagles player has come up in those trade talks.
The issues the Eagles are facing are a combination of his hefty contract and the fact that the team still appears to value him more highly than most others. That asking price seems to be scaring some teams away. The Colts aren’t completely out, but it’s clear that they’re expecting some extra compensation to take on Wentz’s contract and pay the price the Eagles want.
The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to trade Carson Wentz, but it sounds like they will have to lower their asking price in order for a deal to be made.
Michael Lombardi of The Athletic was told by a source that the return the Eagles want in a potential Wentz trade is “ridiculous” and “laughable.” Some teams will not even bother with counter-offers until Philadelphia lowers its expectations.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that the Eagles are looking for a return similar to the one the Detroit Lions got for Matthew Stafford. That was multiple future first-round picks, a third round pick this year and Jared Goff.
The Eagles are said to have received some aggressive offers for Wentz. However, one reputable radio host wonders if Philly is leaking information like that in an attempt to drum up interest in its former No. 2 overall pick.
Carson Wentz may be coming off a season in which he was one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL, but the Philadelphia Eagles reportedly want a significant return if they decide to trade the former No. 2 overall pick.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on “Get Up!” Monday morning that he would not be surprised if Wentz is traded this week. That may depend on Philadelphia’s asking price, however, as Schefter has been told the Eagles want a package similar to the one the Los Angeles Rams gave up for Matthew Stafford.
“The Eagles are looking for what I was told is a ‘Matthew Stafford package,'” Schefter said. “If we go back and look, that was a third-round pick this year, two future (first-round picks) and Jared Goff.”
Schefter noted that the value of a future first-round pick is not the same as that of a first-round pick in the upcoming draft, but that still seems like a steep price for Wentz. That said, Wentz is more than four years younger than Stafford and had an MVP-caliber season a few years ago. You could make the argument that he has a higher ceiling than Stafford if he is put in the right situation.
The Eagles have supposedly received some aggressive offers for Wentz, so perhaps they will get a similar package to the one the Detroit Lions got for Stafford. Some reporters sparred on Twitter this week over whether Philly is leaking information, but it sounds like the interest is legitimate.
A Carson Wentz trade now looks inevitable, with the Philadelphia Eagles reportedly moving toward dealing their quarterback.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, the Eagles are expected to trade Wentz in the coming days, with a deal possibly coming as soon as this week. The Eagles want a “Matthew Stafford package” in exchange for the quarterback, which would presumably entail multiple first-round picks.
The Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts have been most heavily linked to Wentz, though other teams have at least explored the Eagles quarterback’s market. There is a belief around the league that a Wentz trade could set the market for other quarterbacks who may be traded, including Sam Darnold of the New York Jets.
Word is that the Eagles have received some pretty good offers for Wentz. The 28-year-old clearly still has believers around the league, and that makes sense — he’s a former Pro Bowler who has put up big numbers and won games within the last couple seasons.