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6 most realistic Carson Wentz trade scenarios

To say that things did not going swimmingly for Carson Wentz and his Philadelphia Eagles during the 2020 NFL season would be an understatement. In fact, there’s been some rumors about a potential Carson Wentz trade once the spring comes calling.

We broke down Wentz’s struggles in detail following Philadelphia’s ugly loss to the Seattle Seahawks on “Monday Night Football” Week 12. The Eagles put up four total yards in the first quarter. Head coach Doug Pederson continued to struggle with in-game decisions.

Since then, Wentz found himself benched in favor of Jalen Hurts for Week 13’s outing against the Green Bay Packers. He’s now riding the pine full-time and was a healthy inactive for Week 17.

The end result is yet another non-playoff season in Philadelphia. As for Carson Wentz, he’s still finished tied for the league with 15 interceptions.

If Philadelphia were to look to pull off a Carson Wentz trade, a lot of factors would have to be taken into account. Chief among them, the quarterback’s current contract and the ability of Jalen Hurts to replace him under center in Philadelphia. It’s in this that we check in on the six most-likely Carson Wentz trade scenarios now that the 2020 season is in the rear-view mirror.

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Carson Wentz trade to the Indianapolis Colts

A Carson Wentz trade to the Colts could be in the offering.
Nov 15, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) reacts after a play during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

This one has been picking up steam for some time now. Despite the Colts boasting a robust 11-5 record and earning a playoff appearance under Philip Rivers, the quarterback opted to retire at the age of 39.

With both Rivers and Jacoby Brissett coming off the books in March, these Colts could afford to take on Wentz’s bloated contract. That’s certainly an important note here.

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Equally as interesting, Wentz had most of his success in Philadelphia with current Colts head coach Frank Reich as his offensive coordinator. A reunion could end up resurrecting Wentz’s career after he reportedly demanded a trade. After missing out on Matthew Stafford, this could make the most sense.

Carson Wentz trade to the San Francisco 49ers

Could a Carson Wentz trade for Jimmy Garoppolo be in the cards?
Nov 24, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) smiles at tight end George Kittle (85) in the game against the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

At this point, it’s not yet known whether Jimmy Garoppolo will return to the 49ers next season. Despite leading them to a Super Bowl appearance this past February, the highly embattled signal caller has failed to turn into the top-notch quarterback San Francisco envisioned him being when acquiring the former second-round pick from New England back in 2017.

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Having played in a mere six games this season, the 49ers can get out from under Garoppolo’s contract while saving nearly $24 million against the cap this coming March. Could a Carson Wentz for Garoppolo trade be in the cards here? Linked to Stafford ahead of his trade to the Rams and reportedly in on Deshaun Watson, Wentz could make sense for San Francisco.

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Carson Wentz trade to the Denver Broncos

Teddy Bridgewater could come in and compete with Drew Lock in Denver.
Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) looks to pass during the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We’re not 100% if the Broncos are sold on Drew Lock under center after an up-and-down sophomore campaign. He finished the regular season tied for the league lead with Carson Wentz at 15 interceptions. Sure the Broncos dealt with a bevy of injury issues on offense. But that’s not the type of progression general manager John Elway was hoping for from the former second-round pick.

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We know very well that Elway likes his prototypical quarterbacks. At 6-foot-5 and with a track record of success, Wentz would more than bring that to the table. The only question here is whether Denver’s brass thinks Wentz is a major upgrade over Lock to justify his bloated contract. What we do know is that Broncos rumors have linked the team to available quarterbacks. Wentz will be no different moving forward.

Carson Wentz trade to the New England Patriots

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Dec 20, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks on the field prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Cam Newton-Bill Belichick relationship seems to be akin to fitting a square peg into a round hole. Sure the former NFL MVP had some success in his first season with the Patriots. But in no way is Newton seen as the long-term solution in New England. He is going to be one-and-done with the Patriots.

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If all of these narratives prove to be true this coming offseason, a Carson Wentz trade to New England seems to make the most sense. Wentz is your more traditional drop back quarterback. It’s something that Belichick had in Brady for two decades en route to earning six titles. If Wentz is to turn this thing around, working with this all-time great head coach as well as offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels makes the most sense.

Carson Wentz trade to the Chicago Bears

Could a Carson Wentz trade finally give the Bears a franchise quarterback?
Jan 5, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

There’s no telling who is going to be manning the sidelines in Chicago next season. Head coach Matt Nagy’s job is now seemingly safe after leading the 8-8 team to a surprise playoff appearance. However, how the Bears perform in the postseason will tell us a lot moving forward.

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Regardless of what happens from a head-coaching and player personnel standpoint, the Bears are going to be looking for a new quarterback this offseason. The idea of changing the narrative from passing up on Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson to resurrecting Wentz’s career has to be seen as appealing. It’s in this that a Carson Wentz trade to the Bears could be in the cards come March.

Carson Wentz trade to the New York Jets

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Jan 3, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) heads to the bench during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

General manager Joe Douglas is still attempting to figure out what do to at quarterback now that he’s brought in Robert Saleh to be the team’s head coach. Rumors persist that the Jets will pull off a blockbuster trade this spring. That will include either moving the No. 2 overall pick to a quarterback-needy team or trading former top-three pick Sam Darnold.

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Could Wentz be an option for this team? Before you dismiss this entire idea, it’s important to realize that new Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur has experience working with similar quarterbacks in that of Jimmy Garoppolo and Matt Ryan in the past. New York could look to light a fire under Wentz with better coaching. It would also free the team up to trade both the second pick and Darnold, expediting its rebuild in the process.