The market for quarterback Carson Wentz is heating up and the team everyone expected to be at the top of the list has apparently already talked with the Eagles about making a deal.
Speaking Friday morning to Angelo Cataldi on SportsRadio 94WIP, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo said that the Eagles have already discussed a Wentz trade with the Indianapolis Colts.
“I do know that the Eagles have had conversations with the Indianapolis Colts already. Here is the thing about the Colts, and this is why they were never strongly in the running for Matthew Stafford — these guys are really good at what they do draft-wise. They believe in themselves. So every pick that they deal away they think to themselves ‘I just dumped away a good player’, where as some GMs might say ‘Eh, you know what, I may have missed on that pick anyway.’ These guys believe they are going to hit on every single one. So what they do is, they are a little slow playing when it comes to these draft picks and trades.”
Garafolo went on to list other teams — such as the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers — that he believes could have interest in Wentz, guessing that a deal will get done that sends Wentz out of Philadelphia.
The ties between Wentz and the Colts are strong, as the Colts' head coach is former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, and the Colts are reportedly hiring Press Taylor, who is Wentz's good friend and has been his quarterback coach the past few seasons with the Eagles.
Garafolo’s reporting comes on the heels of an ESPN report the Eagles have already received “aggressive” trade offers for Carson Wentz. Both reports come a day after an NFL Network report revealed the Eagles have been taking calls from teams about a trade.
The bottom line? Things are heating up and it sure seems like a deal could happen soon.
Although they are not able to formally complete a trade until March 17, a trade can be agreed to. The Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams recently agreed to a deal sending Matthew Stafford to Los Angeles in exchange for two first-round picks, a third-round pick and quarterback Jared Goff.
Will the Eagles get a similar deal?
It is unlikely they will receiver multiple firsts and a starting-caliber player, but they might not far off, and a first-round pick plus more is certainly in play. Although Wentz is coming off of a terrible year, he was a top-15ish quarterback from 2017-2019 — and considerably better in 2017 — so he still has plenty of value. He also ended the year healthy, which is huge when it comes to his trade value.
The financial ramifications of trading Wentz would be significant for the Eagles, as he would leave a $34 million dead cap hit, but it would also save them from paying him an additional $25 million this season.
It is unclear what the Eagles would do at quarterback without Wentz. They could give Jalen Hurts a year to see if he can win the job. Or they could pursue a quarterback at the top of the draft with the No. 6 overall pick.
Either way, it appears to be a matter of when, not if, the Eagles will trade Wentz.
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