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Carson Wentz bids heartfelt farewell to Eagles in Instagram message

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz said farewell to Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia in an Instagram message on Friday.

Wentz thanks his teammates, coaches, and the fans in Philadelphia, adding that he hopes to continue charitable efforts in the area moving forward. He also added that he is “excited” to join the Indianapolis Colts, who agreed to acquire him in a trade on Thursday.

Notably, Wentz does thank his former coach Doug Pederson, even though the two apparently fell out quite spectacularly in 2020.

It’s yet to be seen how Eagles fans remember Wentz. He was awesome for the team in the first part of his career, but things completely came off the rails in 2020. Ultimately, he was the team’s quarterback for a good part of a Super Bowl season, and that has to mean something once the bad feelings from the trade subside.

DeSean Jackson shares Instagram note amid release by Eagles

DeSean Jackson

The Philadelphia Eagles are making some major changes to their roster this offseason, and DeSean Jackson is the latest veteran player who is no longer with the team.

Jackson shared some messages on his Instagram story on Friday that indicated the Eagles informed him he would be released. He wrote that he is “looking forward to my next chapter” and also showed some love to the city of Philadelphia.

The Eagles later made it official by cutting him.

Jackson was entering the final year of his contract, so the move creates nearly $6 million in salary cap space. That is much-needed money after the dead cap money Carson Wentz is taking up.

Jackson, 34, was in his second stint with the Eagles. He battled injuries over the past two years and appeared in just eight games combined between 2019 and 2020. He was also involved in a controversy last offseason that many thought would result in him being cut, but the Eagles decided to keep him on their roster.

Given his injury history and the off-field concerns, Jackson may not find much of a market for his services.

Report: Jalen Hurts not guaranteed Eagles’ starting QB job

Jalen Hurts

The Philadelphia Eagles traded Carson Wentz on Thursday, seemingly opening the door for Jalen Hurts to become the team’s starting quarterback. However, it does not appear to be a guarantee.

According to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the Eagles plan to bring in competition for Hurts, and the starting quarterback job will not automatically go to the former Alabama and Oklahoma star. However, it is likely that Hurts will end up starting for Philadelphia once all is said and done.

The Eagles are pretty much obligated to bring in some sort of insurance for Hurts, who is the only quarterback on the team’s roster under contract for 2021. Backup Nate Sudfeld is a free agent, though he would not cost much to bring back if the team wanted to. That said, Sudfeld would be unlikely to provide any real competition to Hurts if that is what the Eagles actually want.

Hurts is absolutely acting like the team’s starting quarterback. He probably will be. This may simply be the Eagles wanting to ensure that he doesn’t get complacent or assume the job will be handed to him.

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.

Report: Eagles could include Zach Ertz in Carson Wentz trade

Zach Ertz

The Philadelphia Eagles appear likely to make some significant changes this offseason, and that may well involve more than just trading Carson Wentz.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Eagles are expected to explore options surrounding tight end Zach Ertz, and a trade or a release is likely. Fowler notes that the Eagles could consider packaging Ertz and Wentz together in a trade to get a better return.

Ertz has spent his entire career in Philadelphia. Once a vital part of the team’s passing attack, he’s coming off a career-worst season that saw him catch only 36 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown. He is entering the final season of his contract, and after how extension negotiations went, it seems unlikely he’ll be signing a new deal.

The 30-year-old tight end has long been a favorite among Eagles fans, and he clearly feels strongly about playing in Philadelphia. This would be a painful departure if it does indeed happen.

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.

Eagles turning teams off with Carson Wentz asking price?

Carson Wentz

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.

Here is how much the Eagles want in a potential Carson Wentz trade

Carson Wentz

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.

Tarik Cohen responds to Eagles trade rumors

Tarik Cohen

Tarik Cohen was part of some trade rumors on Saturday and issued a response on Twitter.

Rumors surrounding a possible Carson Wentz trade have heated up. There have been suggestions that the Chicago Bears are interested in making a deal for the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback.

Two Philly reporters said a Wentz trade could involve Cohen, a first-round pick, and Nick Foles.

Cohen heard about the rumors and shot them down via Twitter.

Regardless of what Cohen says or was told, he could still very easily be traded. And if the Bears think that acquiring Wentz and his contract will fix their issues, they’re going to be in some trouble.

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Report: Carson Wentz trade expected within days

Carson Wentz

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.