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Report: Carson Wentz drawing trade interest from multiple teams

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It has been reported that the Philadelphia Eagles fired former head coach Doug Pederson in part because he had given up on Carson Wentz, but that does not mean the team is fully committed to the quarterback.

The Eagles have received calls from teams that are interested in trading for Wentz, according to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. While there is no sense of urgency to trade Wentz, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has entertained the conversations.

Wentz’s value may be higher now that Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff are no longer part of the quarterback trade market. The Indianapolis Colts are among the teams who need a starting QB, and head coach Frank Reich is very familiar with Wentz from the time he spent as the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia.

Wentz is said to be unhappy with the situation in Philly. Some of that frustration stemmed from the way Pederson benched him in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts. However, Rapoport and Garafolo report that Wentz still has issues to work out with the Eagles even with a new head coach in place.

New Eagles coach Nick Sirianni last week would not commit to Wentz remaining with the team in 2021. That was noteworthy considering the team reportedly went to bat for Wentz when interviewing head coaching candidates.

For what it’s worth, one of the most respected NFL insiders in the business believes Wentz will be traded this offseason.

Adam Schefter makes bold prediction about Carson Wentz’s future

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The Philadelphia Eagles supposedly made it clear to prospective head coaches during their interview process that they are committed to Carson Wentz, but is there still a chance the quarterback could be traded? The most connected NFL insider in the business believes there is.

Schefter discussed the Wentz situation during a Wednesday morning appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic. He was asked if the Detroit Lions sending Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for Jared Goff and several draft picks means a Wentz trade is more likely this offseason. While Schefter does not believe that trade will have any impact on Wentz, he is confident the Eagles will trade the former No. 2 overall pick if the right offer comes along.

“If I had to guess, I would guess he is traded. That would be my guess,” Schefter said, as transcribed by Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation. “At some point this offseason. But, again, they’re not looking to get rid of him. They’re not.

In other words, the Eagles are not actively looking to trade Wentz. Schefter said they will be content to hold a QB competition between Wentz and Jalen Hurts this offseason, but it seems obvious that the phone lines are open. One of the issues could be that Philly wants “strong compensation” for a quarterback who was horrendous in 2020.

“I would say they want a minimum of a first-round pick,” Schefter added. “And that’s the issue, if you are a team that is thinking of trading [for him], are you willing to give up a one? A one plus? Are you wiling to do that for Carson Wentz? You tell me.”

Wentz has yet to comment publicly on the reports that he is unhappy with the Eagles. New head coach Nick Sirianni recently shared some thoughts on the QB situation, and Wentz probably isn’t thrilled with what he said.

New Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni addresses QB situation

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Nick Sirianni’s most challenging task as Philadelphia Eagles head coach could be overseeing a quarterback competition, but he insists he is up to the task.

Sirianni was officially introduced as the Eagles’ new head coach on Friday. Naturally, he was asked questions about Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts. He praised both players and said naming a starter “hasn’t even crossed my mind.”

“We have two quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts that are top notch,” Sirianni said, per ESPN’s Field Yates. “A lot of teams don’t have any. I’m excited to work with both of them.”

Sirianni also said he had a good conversation with Wentz, but he would not commit to the former No. 2 overall pick remaining with the Eagles.

It is probably safe to assume Wentz will be back. The Eagles reportedly reiterated to prospective head coaches during their search that they are committed to Wentz. There is also a belief that Doug Pederson was fired in part because his relationship with Wentz was strained.

The Eagles signed Wentz to a contract extension that included $107 million in guaranteed money prior to the 2019 season. You can understand why they don’t want to give up on that, and the feeling appears to be mutual.

Eagles appear committed to Carson Wentz

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Despite a number of issues both on and off the field, it sounds like the Philadelphia Eagles are prepared to give Carson Wentz another shot at being the team’s quarterback.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Eagles are telling head coaching candidates in interviews that they believe in Wentz and would like him back in 2021. The Eagles had hoped to be talking to Wentz by now and discussing what it would take to get both sides in sync for 2021, but the coaching search has delayed those talks.

Garofolo does note that the team’s next coach, whoever it may be, will have a significant say in Wentz’s future and how he is used.

This is interesting, as there had been some thought that either Wentz or the Eagles would seek out a move prior to the start of the 2021 season. The team’s coaching change appears to have altered that thinking significantly. Wentz is by no means guaranteed to return to the starting role ahead of Jalen Hurts, but it does appear that the team wants to give him a second chance under a new coach.

Doug Pederson preferred Jalen Hurts over Carson Wentz?

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The Philadelphia Eagles made a surprising move when they fired head coach Doug Pederson just three years after he led the team to a Super Bowl title. While the Eagles had a disappointing four-win season in 2020, the decision to fire Pederson may have had more to do with his vision for Carson Wentz than the team’s on-field performance.

Pederson benched Wentz in Week 13 after a horrendous stretch of play from the former first-round pick. Jalen Hurts took over at that point, but he didn’t do much to prove he is ready to be a full-time NFL starter. Despite that, Pederson apparently still envisioned Hurts as the team’s starter next season.

FOX analyst Troy Aikman discussed Pederson’s firing during an appearance on “The Michael Irvin Podcast” this week. The Hall of Famer said he spoke with Pederson and gathered that “a difference of opinion in how they were going to move forward with the quarterback position” played a role in the divorce.

“Jeffrey Lurie has paid a lot of money to Carson Wentz, and they’re on the hook with him, and can’t get out of that contract right away,” Aikman said, via Paul Domowitch of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s my belief that Doug Pederson felt that Jalen Hurts probably (should be) the quarterback going forward. But how does that mesh (with Wentz’s contract situation)? I believe it all came down to how they’re going to handle Carson Wentz.”

There have been reports that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was the only one in the organization who wanted to fire Pederson. That would make sense considering he is the one who is on the hook for the $107 million in guaranteed money the team gave Wentz prior to the 2019 season.

It looked like Wentz wanted out of Philly fairly recently, but Pederson’s firing may have changed that. The chances of Wentz remaining with the Eagles look a lot higher now.

Here’s what Eagles firing Doug Pederson means for Carson Wentz’s future

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The Philadelphia Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson on Monday, and many are wondering if Carson Wentz could be the next to go. However, the big move could actually mean there is a better chance of Wentz remaining with the team in 2021.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that Pederson’s firing “significantly increases” the odds that Wentz will return to the Eagles next season. That would seem to indicate that some of Wentz’s frustrations with the team stemmed from his relationship with Pederson.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media had a similar report Monday. He said Wentz would not have wanted to remain in Philadelphia had Pederson returnd.

Wentz was benched for poor play this season, but second-round pick Jalen Hurts didn’t do much to prove he is ready to be a full-time NFL starter. Hurts threw three interceptions and just one touchdown in Philly’s last two games of the regular season, and Pederson benched him in favor of Nate Sudfeld in Week 17. That decision may have led to a locker room divide and also been a factor in the Eagles firing Pederson.

Wentz should have an opportunity to earn back his starting job if he remains with the Eagles this offseason. There was once a time he was playing at an MVP level, and it’s possible Eagles executives believe he’ll benefit from a new coaching staff coming in.

Carson Wentz reportedly hoping to work things out with Eagles

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz is facing an uncertain future with the Philadelphia Eagles after he was benched for his poor play this season, but the former first-round pick has not yet decided if he wants a fresh start elsewhere.

Wentz is hopeful he can work things out with the Eagles, Rob Maaddi of The Associated Press reports. The 28-year-old is planning to take some time away from the team to think things over, but it sounds like any talk of him asking for a trade is premature.

According to Maaddi, Wentz has yet to discuss his future in Philadelphia with Eagles officials. While the relationship between the two sides is strained, Wentz seems open to continuing his career with the Eagles.

Of course, the team’s vision will have a lot to do with Wentz’s plans. If he meets with team officials and they tell him they view Jalen Hurts as their starting quarterback going forward, Wentz almost certainly will want a trade.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported on Sunday that the relationship between Wentz and the Eagles is “fractured.” He says Wentz is planning to ask for a trade.

If Wentz and the Eagles do decide to part ways, it’s possible they could work with an interested team to lessen the salary cap hit. Wentz may already have a preferred destination in mind if that happens.

Carson Wentz reportedly has this team at top of his trade wish list

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz may ask the Philadelphia Eagles to trade him this offseason, and apparently the former first-round pick already has a preferred destination in mind.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Sunday that Wentz would prefer to be traded to the Indianapolis Colts over “several other choices.” Colts head coach Frank Reich was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles in 2016 and 2017.

There have been some conflicting reports about Wentz’s future in Philadelphia, but the latest from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen claims the relationship between Wentz and the Eagles is “fractured” and the quarterback plans to ask for a trade.

It’s unclear if the Eagles are ready to commit to Jalen Hurts as their starting QB going forward. Wentz appears to still have some supporters within the organization, and Philly has invested a ton in him. Ownership may not be willing to give up on Wentz just yet after all the Eagles have paid the former second overall pick.

Of course, the Colts could also bring back Philip Rivers. There has been talk of the 39-year-old retiring after the season, but it sounds like he would prefer to keep playing.

Carson Wentz will reportedly ask Eagles for trade

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz is facing an uncertain future in Philadelphia after he was benched for Jalen Hurts, and the former first-round pick may have already decided he wants a fresh start elsewhere.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said on “Sunday NFL Countdown” that Wentz has a “fractured” relationship with the Eagles. While there have been reports that Wentz still has supporters within the organization, Mortensen says the quarterback is planning to ask for a trade.

“His relationship with the Eagles is all but fractured. In fact, it is fractured,” Mortensen said, via Tim Daniels of Bleacher Report. “Wentz is expected to ask the Eagles for a trade and will help the Eagles 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.”

Wentz has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL this season. The Eagles have looked better on offense with Hurts under center, but they were eliminated from the postseason hunt with last week’s 37-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Philly is 1-2 since Hurts took over as the starter.

We know Wentz is unhappy with his current situation, but that goes without saying. A quarterback that the Eagles drafted in the second round took his job, which doesn’t bode well for Wentz’s future. However, one recent report seemed to indicate the Eagles don’t want to part ways with Wentz.

Wentz isn’t going to want to stick around in Philadelphia if the team views Hurts as its starter heading into 2021. Whether or not that is the case remains to be seen.

Rex Ryan tells Carson Wentz to ‘quit being a baby’

Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan had a harsh message for Carson Wentz.

Wentz has been demoted to the backup quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles as Jalen Hurts has now started two weeks in a row. A report on Sunday said that Wentz is unhappy with the situation and would want to be traded or released by Philly if things don’t change.

Ryan heard that report and responded to it by telling Wentz to grow up and take the demotion better.

“First off, you think Philly’s gonna allow this guy to come back? And I’m talking about the fan base and the people of Philadelphia. This is the wrong town to be messing with. Here’s the thing: Carson Wentz, you don’t want to be a backup? Well, no kidding. Everybody in the world doesn’t want to be a backup,” Ryan said.

“I’ll tell you who’s more disappointed other than Carson Wentz. How about the Philadelphia Eagles. They gave you a $100 million, and you think, ‘Oh I’m disappointed I’m a backup.’ So are we! So are we! You think we gave you $100 million to be wasted on the bench? No! You’re getting beat out by a guy I quite honestly didn’t think had the skillset.

“The biggest thing is: quit being a baby. You’re yesterday’s news.”

Ryan gets paid to give these kinds of opinions, so his tone shouldn’t be surprised. But with the way Wentz and Hurts have played this season, it’s hard to imagine Wentz having much more of a future with the Eagles. That is why he reportedly wants out.