The Philadelphia Eagles didn't just work out North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz on Wednesday. They also took him out to dinner. Thanks to some tweets from BGN reader John Pisula (@John_Pisula), Wentz was spotted having dinner with the following members of the Eagles organization: Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie, head coach Doug Pederson, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, and offensive coordinator Frank Reich.
Wentz, Lurie, and Pederson. @CSNPhilly #eagles @BrandonGowton pic.twitter.com/LGLLEQOdOe— John Pisula (@John_Pisula) March 31, 2016
@CSNPhilly Roseman And Reich pic.twitter.com/jJ9XLzinLb— John Pisula (@John_Pisula) March 31, 2016
Now, it's not uncommon for teams to dine prospects. I'm willing to bet the Eagles may have met with Jared Goff for dinner earlier this week and they might do the same with Paxton Lynch. But the very least it's interesting to see visual confirmation like this.
The Eagles have been connected to Wentz in draft rumors recently. One NFL executive thinks the Eagles might trade all the way up to the No. 2 pick to get Wentz. Another report has the Eagles potentially trading up to the No. 1 overall pick to get a quarterback such as Wentz or Goff.
Despite re-signing Sam Bradford and acquiring Chase Daniel in free agency, the Eagles have shown a lot of interest in selecting a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft. Their interest seems to extend beyond mere "due diligence." The team clearly doesn't have a sure-fire long-term franchise quarterback. The Eagles need to be searching for one of those until they find one. The team may very well be interested in drafting a passer this year and developing him for the future.
Wentz might be the guy the Eagles like. If that's the case, they might have to trade up for him. Meeting with him for a private workout and dinner will help them in their decision making progress to figure out if he's worth it.