Teams have begun calling the Eagles to discuss Carson Wentz, sources tell Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. And, while the Eagles aren’t in a rush to trade the quarterback, they’re not hanging up the phone either.
The Matthew Stafford trade seems to have sparked interest in Wentz, who profiles as an interesting reclamation project for teams in need under center. The Eagles might not be eager to move Wentz — ditto for new head coach Nick Sirianni — but GM Howie Roseman has never been shy about engaging in trade talks.
Of course, Wentz’s contract would be a barrier to any deal. Moving Wentz before the third day of the league year in March would result in a dead cap charge of roughly $34MM. Dropping him isn’t an option either — releasing Wentz would leave a dead cap hit of about $60MM. Even if it’s spread out over two years as a post-June 1 cut, that’s a charge the Eagles don’t want to pay.
Stafford fetched the Lions two first-round picks and a third-rounder, but the Eagles wouldn’t be able to get nearly as much for Wentz. Stafford, at this point, is the more appealing QB, and the Lions also agreed to take on Jared Goff‘s outsized contract to score that haul.
The Colts, who just lost Philip Rivers to retirement, would be a logical fit for Wentz. From Wentz’s perspective, he probably wouldn’t mind reuniting with former mentor Frank Reich. Still, Wentz’s camp has yet to formally request a trade, which means that the two sides could find a way to mend fences and move forward together.
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