Seahawks star says it’s time for Eagles to bench Carson Wentz

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

Well, this is going to be pretty awkward. Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles are slated to take on the Seattle Seahawks on national television this coming Monday night.

It’s a game the 3-6-1 Eagles need in order to remain in first place in the armpit that is the NFC East. Unfortunately for Wentz, there’s now growing calls for embattled head coach Doug Pederson to bench him for rookie second-round pick Jalen Hurts. That includes Seattle Seahawks star wide receiver D.K. Metcalf.

Seahawks star calls for Eagles to bench Carson Wentz

This isn’t necessarily coming out of left field. Carson Wentz heads into Week 12 leading the league with 14 interceptions. He’s a bottom-five starting quarterback in the NFL right now, as evidenced by the high-priced signal caller’s performance against the Cleveland Browns this past Sunday.

It’s getting really ugly in Philadelphia right now. Pederson is on the hot seat. He appears willing to ride Wentz to the unemployment line. Meanwhile, the Eagles are committed to Carson Wentz to the tune of an absurd four-year, $128 million contract.

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Will the Eagles bench Carson Wentz?

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz
Oct 22, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; (Editor’s Note: photo covered to black and white) Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) runs out of the tunnel through pregame smoke effects for a game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Not likely. As noted above, they have a huge financial commitment when it comes to Wentz’s contract. That will make it difficult for Pederson to justify benching Wentz to the team’s front office, general manager Howie Roseman included.

Despite this, Philadelphia made the odd decision to select Jalen Hurts in the second round of April’s draft. That came after Wentz missed the end of the past three seasons to injury. Now among the most mistake-prone quarterbacks in the NFL, there’s growing calls for the former No. 2 overall pick to be benched.

It makes sense from a team-wide perspective. If these Eagles were to lose to Seattle in Week 12, the winner of the Cowboys-Washington game on Thanksgiving would be in first place. Talk about disaster.