There’s been a lot of trade buzz surrounding Carson Wentz this week and it seems like the Philadelphia Eagles might ship their $128 million quarterback out of town at any moment now. The latest on the Wentz front comes from the Inquirer’s Les Bowen, who is hearing from one source that a trade is “close” to happening:
I've talked to an NFL source, not w/the Eagles, who hears a Wentz trade is close. That isn't first-hand information. I do feel that the longer we go without Wentz saying something like "I'm happy to be an Eagle and excited about playing for Nick Sirianni," the closer we get...— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) February 5, 2021
NFL trades can’t officially be executed until the new league year begins at 4:00 PM on March 17. But last week’s Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff trade reminds us that deals can be agreed to in principle before then.
And with Stafford off the board, NFL Network is reporting that Wentz is “potentially the next QB domino to drop.” They’re also saying that the Eagles are listening to offers for the seemingly disgruntled quarterback. ESPN’s reporting characterized some of those offers as “aggressive.”
In a conflicting report, however, Dan Patrick says that the Eagles have NOT received offers for Wentz ... but indicated that they would like to.
DP spoke to a source yesterday and was told that no teams have actually called the #Eagles about Carson Wentz. The team possibly is just trying to create a trade market for Wentz. pic.twitter.com/RDRzm9vRkv— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) February 5, 2021
NFL Network then pushed back on what Patrick had to say:
I despise public source-guessing, especially when it's wrong. @RapSheet and I are supremely confident in our info, in large part because we gathered our info via teams other than the #Eagles. https://t.co/qBdbwtoZxD— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 5, 2021
Getting back to what Bowen is hearing, he’s saying his source isn’t from the Eagles. So it’s not like he’s necessarily relaying a message from someone with the intent of making a deal look closer than it might really be.
In any case, it’s looking increasingly likely that Wentz isn’t going to be on the Eagles in 2021. And it might happen sooner than anyone would’ve originally expected.