Sep 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) in action against the Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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Carson the Colt? 8 potential Wentz destinations

Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Monday that trading quarterback Carson Wentz is “not anything we’re talking about right now.”

Granted, that statement came on a Zoom call less than 24 hours after Wentz was inactive for the Eagles’ season-ending loss to The Washington Football Team. And it hasn’t dissuaded oddsmakers from offering a market on where the former No. 2 overall pick might play next season.

The 28-year-old Wentz signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles in June 2019. He is due a $10 million bonus and his $22 million salary for 2022 becomes full guaranteed on the third day of the NFL league year, giving the Eagles until March to make a decision.

Should Philadelphia choose to cut ties with Wentz, Indianapolis has the shortest odds of being his next destination, according to odds.

Carson Wentz next team if traded or released:
Indianapolis Colts, +150
Chicago Bears, +200
New England Patriots, +500
San Francisco 49ers, +600
Denver Broncos, +700
Detroit Lions, +700
The Washington Football Team, +800
Pittsburgh Steelers, +900

The Colts qualified for the playoffs as the seventh seed in the AFC and will play at Buffalo on wild-card weekend. Coach Frank Reich recently said quarterback Philip Rivers has “multiple years left,” but the 39-year-old is on a one-year contract and will become a free agent after the season.

Backup Jacoby Brissett was unable to keep the Colts job after signing a two-year, $30 million deal in 2019, prompting the signing of Rivers. Would a former No. 2 pick seeking a new environment with a competitive team be appealing for the Colts?

The other destinations being offered by make sense as well on different levels.

–Chicago reached the playoffs, but only after returning to Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback after the former No. 2 overall pick was benched in favor of veteran Nick Folks.

–New England is widely expected to move on from pending free agent Cam Newton following a failed one-year experiment. Despite Newton’s struggles this season, coach Bill Belichick steadfastly refused to give Jarrett Stidham a crack at the job.

–San Francisco saw Jimmy Garoppolo finish another season on injured reserve. In four seasons with the 49ers, he has played more than six games only once and his future in San Francisco is very much in question.

–Drew Lock said Monday that “without a doubt” he feels like he can be Denver’s quarterback of the future. But that comes after finishing his second season tied for the NFL lead with 15 interceptions while his completion percentage dropped to 57.3 from 64.1.

–Detroit’s Matthew Stafford has two years remaining on his $135 million deal. With a new coach and a new general manager coming in, Stafford acknowledged Monday that “there’s a lot to discuss” without specifically addressing his future with the Lions. Will he demand a trade from the team his has led since 2009?

–The Washington Football Team won the NFC East with a 7-9 record. The return of Alex Smith was one of the season’s feel-good stories, especially juxtaposed to the release of 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins, but the 36-year-old is certainly not the long-term answer in Washington.

–Ben Roethlisberger has said he plans to return for an 18th season in Pittsburgh. The 38-year-old struggled at times late this season and Mason Rudolph has not shown that he’s a legitimate heir to Roethlisberger’s throne in the Steel City.

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