Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz won out a battle with Doug Pederson, leading to the Super Bowl-winning coach being fired. Now that Nick Sirianni has taken over, Wentz reportedly still wants out and the trade rumors are quickly heating up.
In an NFL offseason that already saw one star quarterback traded, other marquee passers could also be on the move. Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson wants out, Aaron Rodgers is uncertain about his future with the Green Bay Packers and the likes of Sam Darnold or Jimmy Garoppolo could be dealt.
Now, more drama is emerging out of Philadelphia and it could lead to a trade of the team’s franchise quarterback.
Philadelphia Eagles taking calls on Carson Wentz trade
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport, the Eagles have started receiving calls from rival clubs about Wentz’s availability in a trade. While Philadelphia doesn’t plan to rush a move, as Detroit did with Stafford, the front office seems receptive to moving the 28-year-old quarterback.
Issues between Wentz and the organization slowly built up over time. He first dealt with confidence issues after his backup quarterback, Nick Foles, led the team to a Super Bowl victory. After that championship, many in the city showed more appreciation for Foles than Wentz.
Foles eventually signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the pressure didn’t stay off Wentz for long. The Eagles drafted Jalen Hurts with their second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
When Wentz struggled this season, throwing a league-high 15 interceptions, fans called for Hurts to take over. Pederson finally pulled the plug in Week 13. While Wentz smiled publicly, his relationship with the organization rapidly deteriorated and he intended to demand a trade this offseason.
After planning to keep Pederson, Philadelphia shocked the NFL world by firing him. During their coaching search, general manager Howie Roseman and owner Jeffrey Lurie made it clear to candidates they preferred a candidate who could salvage Wentz. A week later, Nick Sirianni was hired for the position.
Despite the move, Wentz still has issues with the organization and reportedly wants a trade. He remains upset by how the team has treated him, believing that a fresh start could lead to a career turnaround.
The Eagles are unlikely to get much in a Carson Wentz trade. With that said, the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Football Team could both be among the clubs interested in taking a chance on the 2017 Pro Bowl passer.