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Report: Colts asked Raiders about Derek Carr trade

Derek Carr

The Indianapolis Colts were extensively searching for a quarterback before ultimately trading for Carson Wentz on Thursday. It’s clear now, however, that Wentz was not the only quarterback on their radar.

The Colts asked the Las Vegas Raiders about the availability of quarterback Derek Carr, according to Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star. The Colts’ trade attempts were quickly rebuffed, and talks went nowhere.

This is largely in line with what we’ve heard from other reports about Carr’s availability in trade talks. The Raiders are standing firm, and despite some speculation, Carr is not one of the quarterbacks on the market right now.

Even if available, Carr likely would have been more costly in a trade than Wentz. The Colts are likely fine with how things worked out.

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Colts players react on Twitter to Carson Wentz trade

Carson Wentz

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 traded to Colts from Eagles

Carson Wentz

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.

Report: Carson Wentz likely to end up with this team

Carson Wentz

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.

Could Carson Wentz try to force his way to Colts?

Carson Wentz

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.

This is what the Colts are reportedly offering for Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz

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.

This is why the Colts are reportedly balking at a Carson Wentz trade

Carson Wentz

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.

These three teams are reportedly trying to trade for Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford trade talks are heating up, and we are beginning to get a clearer idea of which teams are seriously targeting the Detroit Lions quarterback.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, three teams are believed to be among the leading candidates to acquire Stafford. The Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, and Washington Football Team are said to be involved in trade talks.

Birkett believes the Lions will get at least a first-round pick in exchange for Stafford due to the fact that interest is said to be significant enough that a trade could happen within the next week.

All three teams are sensible spots for Stafford. He might prefer one of them to the others if he wants to play for an immediate contender, but Washington made the playoffs this year and the 49ers are a year removed from a Super Bowl appearance. Either way, it sounds like the 32-year-old will be getting the move he wants quite quickly.

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Colts owner shares his thoughts on QB situation

Jim Irsay

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay dropped a hint about what type of quarterback he may be looking for to lead his team in 2021.

Irsay spoke to the media on Wednesday and suggested that he would ideally prefer to find an experienced quarterback who can win now, noting that he feels the rest of the team is close to being ready to compete for a Super Bowl.

Irsay and the Colts are working to replace Philip Rivers, who retired following the 2020 season.

These comments certainly suggest that Irsay will be in the market for any established quarterback that comes on the market. Rumor has it that there’s one already interested in playing for the Colts. If Irsay believes the Colts really are that close, then it makes sense to do whatever it takes to bring in what may be the missing piece at the quarterback position.

Matthew Stafford reportedly very interested in trade to this team

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford became the hottest name on the NFL trade market this weekend, and is expected to get a look from a lot of teams. If it’s up to him, however, there may be one franchise that interests him more than all others.

Stafford is very intrigued by the Indianapolis Colts, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

“This is a spot Stafford most definitely has his eyes on, from what I’m hearing,” Fowler reported on Monday.

It’s not really clear how much of a say Stafford will have over where he goes, but considering how willingly the Lions accommodated his trade request, they may at least listen closely to ensure Stafford is pleased with his destination. Fortunately, the Colts may be equally interested. The team has cap space to spare, and Jacob Eason is the only quarterback on the roster who is signed for 2021.

The Lions are asking a lot in exchange for Stafford, so we’ll see how willing the Colts are to meet that asking price. We’ll also see if that price is influenced at all by Stafford’s preferences.

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