Speaking Monday morning to Angelo Cataldi on SportsRadio 94WIP, new Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni hinted that his first offseason with the team could feature a quarterback competition between Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts.
“We've watched a little bit of tape to this point now," Sirianni said of Wentz and Hurts. "So we're into that process of evaluating those players and I think we have really good talent evaluators."
"A core value, is competition," he continued. "That's competition every where. Everybody is going to compete. I am going to compete with [offensive coordinator] Shane [Steichen] on things. We're going to compete in the building with coaches. Competition is the core value that we're going to use for every single position that we have here with the Philadelphia Eagles."
Cataldi asked the question point blank just to confirm, "And that would include Hurts vs. Wentz. They will compete for the starting job?"
"Yeah," Sirianni said. "Everybody in this situation competition, players, coaches, every position."
Sirianni has been evasive about the quarterback position since taking the Eagles’ head coaching job, refusing to say if he projects Wentz to be his starter or if Jalen Hurts will be his starter. Monday was the closest he has come to saying that the two will compete for a job, although in his introductory press conference Sirianni wouldn’t even commit to Wentz being on the roster.
Where Wentz stands on all of this remains somewhat of a mystery since he hasn’t spoken publicly in months, but multiple reports have come out that he is not happy in Philadelphia and would prefer to be traded. Wentz’s silence has put Sirianni in a tough spot as the new head coach has had to dance around the subject, trying not to give away any information while also not further upsetting Wentz.
The obvious question that Sirianni either can’t answer or doesn’t want to answer is whether Wentz will be back.
Trading Wentz, of course, might not be easy. The Eagles would take on a roughly $34 million dead-money cap hit by moving Wentz, although they would actually save around $800,000 in actual cap space if they traded their former franchise quarterback. What they would get back in a trade is also unclear, and if they are unable to get back anything of significant value, the team might decide bringing Wentz back is their best option.
If Wentz is back, however, it sounds like it will be in a competition with Hurts — a situation that in reality would be an even tougher for Sirianni to navigate than simply talking about it.
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