Friday brought us a busy day of Carson Wentz trade buzz.
Oh, wait, there’s more?
Sources close to the situation have told The Inquirer that the firing of Eagles head coach Doug Pederson last month did not allay Wentz’s concerns about the organization, and that Wentz prefers to move on – though he has not formally requested a trade. Sources also said that Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has placed a high asking price on Wentz, which probably would translate into multiple draft picks.
We’re not hearing anything too new here but it’s still worth noting as yet another outlet reporting Wentz is bound to be on the move.
When it comes to defining the timeframe for him getting dealt, apparently “close” could mean next week. That’s what Howard Eskin is indicating. (I would think the NFL wouldn’t want the Eagles to trade Wentz during Super Bowl weekend and potentially take attention away from the big game.)
It doesn’t exactly sound like there’s a robust market for Wentz. But if the Eagles can successfully leverage at least two teams against each other, perhaps they can get a quality offer. There are rumors out there that suggest as much could happen:
As of 30 mins ago the #Bears have the top offer out for Carson Wentz. Unless another team comes over the top Wentz will be headed to Chicago. Bigger offer than most have expected. Bidding war will do that.— Brandon Robinson (@BRobNFL) February 5, 2021
So now I’m hearing the Eagles want at least two first round picks and a player for Wentz and the Bears are listening!!!!!!!— George Ofman (@georgeofman) February 5, 2021
The Indianapolis Colts have more obvious connections to Wentz but I’m not counting on Chris Ballard to pay an exorbitant price. He seems like a pretty sharp general manager. The same can’t be said for Ryan Pace, who has made a number of inadvisable quarterback acquisitions.
So, maybe Wentz to the Bears next week for something like ... No. 20 in the 2021 NFL Draft, another pick of some sort, and Nick Foles?