With the new NFL league year underway, the Philadelphia Eagles were finally able to officially confirm the Carson Wentz trade that emerged nearly one month ago on February 18. Now that the move is on the books, we’re hearing from Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, and new head coach Nick Sirianni about the trade and the future of the quarterback position.
On the Wentz trade
Roseman said that it was no secret how the organization felt about Carson Wentz, as evidenced by the draft picks the dealt to get him and the contract they offered him in 2018. Still, the Eagles’ GM noted that with a new head coach, Wentz’s representatives suggested a fresh start would be a good move.
“We had some conversations with him and his representatives about what was the best thing to go forward and when we were doing the coaching search, communicating with him and his agent – really good, productive conversations, really good people – and they talked about maybe it was time for him to have a fresh start, that he was looking forward to a fresh start.”
At the same time, Roseman acknowledged that they were going to do what was in the best interest of the Eagles, so they weren’t going to move forward with a trade unless the deal was right.
“As we went through it and went through the offers that we got, particularly the offer from the Colts, the opportunity to not only get the picks but also get some financial flexibility back for our football team we decided going forward that that was the right decision going forward for us.”
Team owner Jeffrey Lurie was also sure to note how grateful the organization is for everything Wentz did for the team and the city — including his role in several division titles and their Super Bowl run in 2017.
“It was an honor getting to know Carson as a person and seeing first-hand how much he cares about using his platform to create meaningful change for the less fortunate. Carson is a tremendous, deeply compassionate human being who consistently represented the Eagles and our fans with class. We will all appreciate the substantial impact he made on our team and the community. We wish happiness and success to Carson and his family as they begin their next chapter in Indianapolis.”
On the upcoming draft and QB position
According to the team, Roseman isn’t putting a limitation on what position they’ll draft in the first round and “did not rule out using the No. 6 overall draft pick on April 29 at quarterback.”
The GM said the team will perform due diligence at every spot on the roster, and that their goal is to build the roster back to championship level with help from some key veterans. The team doesn’t have much to spend in free agency, but they are reportedly high on this year’s draft class and currently have over 10 picks.
“It’s clear what we’re looking for and what we’re not.”
Roseman quipped that they don’t like why they have such a high draft pick, but plan on utilizing the opportunity to pick in the Top 10.
On Jalen Hurts
New head coach Nick Sirianni talked a bit about there being a lot of things to be excited about with Jalen Hurts and his tape. He and the quarterback are talking and getting to know each other, but Sirianni noted he’s excited for when they can dive into football.
“What we saw is a player who can really extend plays and create on his own ... we saw his ability to create when things weren’t there. That’s an unbelievable asset to have as a football team. You can see his toughness on tape and how he carried himself. ... He is a leader who loves football. There is no substitute for that.”
Eagles released some (brief) footage of Nick Sirianni and Jalen Hurts interacting during Sirianni’s first day at the NovaCare Complex. pic.twitter.com/yFhbDHHhsm— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) March 17, 2021