(670 The Score) The Bears are among the teams expressing interest in Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who’s expected to be traded in the next week, Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported Saturday afternoon.
It’s unclear how much the Bears might be willing to offer. The Eagles are looking for a package similar to what the Lions received for trading quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Rams, ESPN reported. The Lions received two first-round picks, a third-round pick and quarterback Jared Goff in exchange for Stafford. The widespread belief in the NFL was that one of the first-round picks that Detroit acquired was for taking on Goff’s burdensome contract.
Wentz, 28, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He’s coming off an abysmal 2020 season in which he threw for 2,620 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while posting a 72.8 quarterback rating in 12 games. Wentz had a rocky relationship with the coaching staff, with reports later emerging that he was uncoachable and took the liberty of changing plays without consent. The Eagles have since cleaned house, firing coach Doug Pederson after the season, but they appear set to turn to Jalen Hurts as their quarterback of the future.
Wentz had a strong 2019 season, throwing for 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions while posting a 93.1 quarterback rating. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2017. The Colts are one of the other suitors for Wentz, ESPN reported.
Wentz's contract carries a nearly $34.7-million cap hit in 2021 and a $31.3-million cap hit in 2022, according to Spotrac. Back in 2019, Wentz signed a four-year, $128-million extension that runs through 2024.
Nick Foles is the only Bears quarterback under contract for 2021. Mitchell Trubisky, whom Chicago selected at No. 2 overall in 2017, is set to become a free agent.