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ESPN reports the Eagles are “expected to trade Carson Wentz in the coming days” - BGN
A Wentz trade previously seemed unlikely from the standpoint that the Eagles will be responsible for $33.8 million in dead money, which marks a new NFL record. But it’s possible that Wentz could help further facilitate a deal with some financial tweaking. Assuming no changes, the Eagles would at least clear $852,928 in cap space (per Over The Cap) and they would avoid $10 million of his 2022 salary becoming fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2021 league year. In other words, they’d be ripping off the band-aid now. There’s been thought that the Eagles should put effort into revitalizing Wentz as opposed to trading him. The problem with that line of thinking is there’s serious concern about Wentz being coachable. And even if he does rebound to pre-2020 form, one must wonder if it’s a prudent idea to be paying out elite quarterback money to a quarterback who hasn’t regularly been elite.

Trading Carson Wentz: It’s nothing short of an organizational failure for Eagles - The Athletic
1. It’s fair to look at the situation and shake your head in disbelief it has reached this point. No matter how the Eagles spin this, there’s no rationalization or explanation that would suffice. It’s simply an organizational failure to exhaust the resources they did in Wentz, sign him to the biggest contract in franchise history, then trade him before the contract even commenced — and absorb the biggest cap hit in NFL history, if that proves to be the case. There have been high-profile NFL marriages that ended in divorce; the Eagles and Wentz are not alone in that department. But a trade will require the Eagles to take a hard look at what they did to create this plight, where this went wrong — in evaluating and enabling the franchise quarterback — and how they created an environment that allowed the player to regress and the relationship to deteriorate. That said, Wentz is far from a sympathetic figure. Since April 2016, the Eagles have gone overboard in trying to support him. Wentz hasn’t just been the centerpiece of the organization — he’s also been the impetus for many of their decisions.

The latest rumors and reports surrounding the inevitable Carson Wentz trade - Windy City Gridiron
The Foles nugget is interesting, as the only two places he carries any value would be with the Eagles, where there’s an actual statue of him outside the stadium, and with the Colts, where he’d be reunited with his former offensive coordinator from his successful Eagles’ days, Indy head coach Frank Reich.

Report: Colts Have ‘Some Level of Interest’ in Eagles QB Carson Wentz—But the Asking Price is Absurdly High - Stampede Blue
However, given what we know about Colts general manager Chris Ballard and how he prudently operates, it’s highly unlikely that Indianapolis gives in to such a high—and arguably ludicrous asking price by the Eagles right now. Considering that Wentz hasn’t been very productive for about three seasons now and was most recently, downright dreadful in 2020—with some big salary cap hits coming up and questions regarding his coachability.

Biggest naysayer of possible Wentz trade changes his tune - NBCSP
This is a significant reversal for Brandt, who has said it wouldn’t happen, and at times even laughed at the idea of the Eagles’ trading Wentz because of the $33.8 million in dead money it would leave behind. But if Brandt now thinks it’s going to happen, that financial hurdle pretty obviously isn’t going to prevent the Eagles from pulling off the trade.

A rebuilding Cowboys team could still dominate the NFC East - Blogging The Boys
The only way to describe the QB situation of the Philadelphia Eagles is that it is a hot mess. Carson Wentz was benched by Doug Pederson in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts. His reward for making the move was to be fired, despite it being necessitated by the meltdown of Wentz last season. Now new head coach Nick Sirianni has been tasked with the reclamation of Wentz’s career. That is complicated by the reported desire of Wentz to be traded, a difficult task with his large contract. There is also some doubt about just how successful a rehabilitation would be in any case, and Hurts looks to be a year or more away from being truly ready. That is especially true if he is taking second-team reps in preparation for the season, which seems to be the plan.

Eagles Fan Cutouts raise over $260K for Eagles Autism Foundation -
As a result of the Eagles Fan Cutouts’ unprecedented success this season, the team announced that more than $260,000 in net proceeds were raised for the Eagles Autism Foundation. A total of 4,900-plus cutouts were purchased by Eagles fans from all around the world in 2020 and were installed in seating sections at Lincoln Financial Field as a way to recognize and honor their unrivaled fandom.

Justin Jefferson Jobbed: No OROY for record-setting receiver - Daily Norseman
Apparently putting together one of the greatest rookie seasons in NFL history at the wide receiver position was not enough for the people that voted for this year’s NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. At tonight’s NFL Honors ceremony, it was announced that the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award did not go to Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver Justin Jefferson, but rather to Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert. Jefferson, as we know, set the Super Bowl-era record for receiving yardage in a season with an even 1,400 yards, even though he was the fifth receiver taken in the 2020 NFL Draft and he was tasked with replacing another outstanding receiver in Stefon Diggs. That 1,400-yard season is the highest for any member of the Vikings not named Randy Moss in any season, and was the fourth-highest total in the NFL this year. Not fourth-highest among rookies. Fourth-highest among everybody.

SB Nation Reacts: The best Super Bowl party food is... - Fake Teams
It’s Super Bowl week, and even though things are different this year and fans won’t be able to watch the games together, that doesn’t mean the best parts of the Super Bowl can’t be enjoyed. And by best parts, I of course am talking about food and gambling! According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, there is a clear favorite food on Super Bowl Sunday. More than a third of fans said their favorite Super Bowl food is chicken wings. That’s followed by 18 percent that picked pizza, 12 percent that picked chips and dip and 11 percent that want Nachos.

Breaking down three best bets for Super Bowl 55 - DraftKings Nation
After 256 regular season games and three weeks of postseason football, we have finally made it the Super Bowl. On Sunday evening, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be taking on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 in Tampa, FL at Raymond James Stadium. These two teams played each other in Week 12 of the season, where the Chiefs won 27-24. If that game was any indication of what we might see on Sunday night, then we should be in store for a fun Super Bowl. While there will be a lot happening on the field, there will also be a lot of action happening on the betting lines. Over the last two weeks, sports fans and bettors have been wagering money on who will the win game, various innocuous prop bets such as the coin toss, or player props. We are going to take a look some props you need to put on your radar with the game approaching. All odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook and the numbers are moving in the remaining 24 hours until kickoff.

Our NFL experts make their picks for Chiefs vs. Bucs in Super Bowl LV - SB Nation
Credit where it’s due: Both R.J. Ochoa and Brandon Lee Gowton, both of whom are picking Tampa Bay, had two of the better records among the panel. When it’s all said and done this has been one of the best seasons in recent memory on the field. There were plenty of surprises, breakout performances, and teams finally getting over the hump, proving they can be contenders. There’s going to be a major transition in the league moving forward, especially with Drew Brees and Philip Rivers announcing their retirements, but 2020 proved the NFL has so much to give in the future than the next few years are going to be fascinating.


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