With all the talk about the Eagles and Carson Wentz we assumed he was going to be traded this past weekend. Now there are reports that the Eagles and GM Howie Roseman are seeking a first-round pick for Wentz and won’t take anything less.
Let’s see why Carson Wentz should be traded sooner rather than later.
Potential Landing Spots for Wentz
The Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, and most recently and surprisingly the Houston Texans have been in contact with the Eagles. The Texans are hinting at the fact that Deshaun Watson’s time in Texas is over.
The Texans aren’t potential is not talked about enough. If the Eagles were to engage in a trade with the Texans it would involve the Eagles landing Deshaun Watson and a fourth-round pick.
The Texans would get Wentz, a sixth-pick, and a fifth-round pick for 2021. They would also receive a second and fourth-round selection. Both teams could earn themselves a franchise quarterback and the Texans earned several draft picks for the future.
ProFootballTalk’s Chris Simms says Wentz has a preference for where he will be playing football next season. Simms Says the Bears would be like walking into the same situation Wentz is already dealing with on the Eagles if he doesn’t perform well.
Simms was told but trusted peers that Wentz does in fact prefer the Colts and has personal ties with Frank Reich. There is a good chance Wentz and his people talk with GM Roseman in order to get that move to the Colts.
Frank Reich and the Colts could possibly get Carson Wentz and a fifth-round pick in return for a first-round pick, a fourth-rounder, and linebacker Darius Leonard.
The Colts will earn a franchise quarterback while the Eagles will earn a monster defensive player and two picks to add to their straining roster. This looks to be a win-win if this deal goes through.
But if Chicago decides to really push for Wentz and add that first-rounder to the offer then he should start looking for homes in Chicago. There is a rumor of sending Wentz and a draft pick to the Bears for Nick Foles, Tarik Cohen, and a first-round draft pick.
This seems like an effort by the Eagles to get the Colts to offer them more for Wentz.
Declining Trade Value
Wentz from 2017 to 2019 threw for 81 touchdowns and 21 interceptions with a 98.3 passer rating in 40 games. He has also had to deal with injuries tearing his ACL in what was looking like an MVP season for Wentz.
In 2020 Wentz’s production dropped dramatically. The 28-year-old completed a career-low 57.4 percent of passes for 2,620 yards with 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 12 appearances.
Coming off a season like that with a 4 year $128 million extension is going to make it difficult for teams to give up a first-round pick.
History Repeats Itself?
This Wentz trade is like several other previous quarterback trades.
The Dolphins traded Ryan Tannehill and a sixth-round pick to the Titans for a fourth and seventh-round pick in 2019. That same offseason, the Broncos gave the Ravens a fourth wound pick for Joe Flacco.
The Chiefs traded Alex Smith to Washington for a third-round pick and Kendall Fuller during the 2018 Super Bowl week. The Jets also gave up Teddy Bridgewater and Sixth-round pick to the Saints for a third-round pick.
After looking at these deals you can agree that the Eagles most likely won’t be able to trade for a first-round pick.