Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Carson Wentz to wear No. 2 in Indy

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz will wear No. 2 in his inaugural season with the club, a decision he announced during a special reveal Wednesday.

Wentz sent his new Colts jersey to superfan Giovanni Hamilton, with whom he forged a special relationship in 2019 while playing in Philadelphia. Hamilton posted a photo of himself wearing Wentz’s new No. 2.

Hamilton suffers from a condition called Schwartz-Jampel syndrome and has undergone more than a dozen surgeries.

Wentz wore No. 11 during his five seasons in Philly but Colts receiver Michael Pittman, who wore No. 11 in his rookie season, respectfully declined to give up the jersey number after the Colts agreed to trade for Wentz, a move that becomes official Wednesday.

Wentz seems to have at least one other fan — his former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, who spoke publicly for the first time since being fired by the Eagles in January.

“I still have a lot of respect (for Wentz) and we drafted him five years ago to be the guy and I’m excited to see what he does with the Colts now,” Pederson said on the new NBC Sports Philadelphia podcast. “And he has a fresh start, too. I think that’s something that players go through in their careers. … I know that’s what he’s looking forward to and I’m excited to watch his career moving forward.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) and Jalen Hurts (2) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Eagles shipping QB Carson Wentz to Colts

Carson Wentz is closer to getting a fresh start with an old ally as the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to trade the former No. 2 pick to the Indianapolis Colts.

According to multiple reports, the quarterback is headed to Indianapolis in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick plus a conditional 2022 second-round pick. The 2022 draft choice could turn into a first-rounder, ESPN reported Thursday.

The deal cannot me made official until the start of the 2021 NFL league year on March 17.

Because of the contract that Wentz carries and his benching following Week 13 in 2020, interest and offers might not have been as intense as the Eagles anticipated. The 2021 league year is the start of Wentz’s new four-year, $128 million contract extension with almost $70 million guaranteed. The Eagles absorb a $33 million cap hit by trading Wentz before his extension kicks in.

Trade talks had centered on Wentz going to the Chicago Bears or Colts, but he reportedly was averse to Chicago as a landing spot, NFL Network reported.

The 28-year-old Wentz was the second pick in the 2016 draft behind Jared Goff. The Eagles moved up in the draft, forfeiting three top-100 pick plus a first-round pick in 2017 and a second-round pick in 2018 to acquire the No. 2 pick and select Wentz.

Provided the deal goes through next month, Wentz would be in position to hit the ground running with the Colts where head coach Frank Reich runs a system adapted from the Eagles’ offense. Reich was quarterbacks coach — and the leader of the team’s bible study involving Wentz — during Philadelphia’s Super Bowl run.

Reich was Wentz’ offensive coordinator during the 2017 season in which Wentz guided Philadelphia to an 11-2 record while throwing for 33 touchdown passes before sustaining a season-ending injury in December. Nick Foles piloted Philadelphia through the postseason and Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots. Foles is under contract with the Bears following an offseason trade last spring.

The Eagles owe Wentz a $10 million roster bonus on the third day of the league year as part of his existing contract, but ESPN reported that payment will fall to the Colts.

The Colts lost quarterback Philip Rivers to retirement and would likely have a fourth different starting quarterback since 2018 (Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett, Rivers and Wentz).

Jalen Hurts will likely slide in as the Eagles’ starting quarterback in 2021. Hurts went 1-3 as a starter this past season, throwing for 1,061 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions while adding 354 rushing yards and three scores.

Wentz becomes the third 2020 starting quarterback involved in a pending trade after the Lions and Rams agreed to a deal sending Matthew Stafford to Los Angeles and bringing Goff to Detroit.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles expected to trade QB Carson Wentz

The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to trade quarterback Carson Wentz in the coming days, according to an ESPN report.

The Eagles reportedly are seeking a “Matthew Stafford-like” package in exchange for Wentz.

One week ago, the Detroit Lions traded Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams’ first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 and a third-round pick in 2021.

Multiple teams are interested in Wentz, who is 35-32-1 as a starter with 113 touchdown passes and 50 interceptions in his five-year career.

The Indianapolis Colts, who just lost quarterback Philip Rivers to retirement, have been linked to Wentz through head coach Frank Reich.

Reich was Wentz’ offensive coordinator during the 2017 season in which Wentz guided Philadelphia to an 11-2 record while throwing for 33 touchdown passes before sustaining a season-ending injury.

The Chicago Bears are also interested in Wentz, per the report, along with several other teams.

Nothing is on the table yet, but the Eagles are motivated to deal Wentz as soon as a promising trade package presents itself.

The report adds that “the Eagles do not feel rushed to trade Wentz,” and no moves can be made until the official start of the league’s year on March 17.

The Eagles owe Wentz a $10-million roster bonus on Day 3 of the league year if he’s still on their roster.

If Philadelphia pulls the trigger on a deal, Jalen Hurts will likely slide in as the Eagles’ starting quarterback in 2021.

Hurts went 1-3 as a starter this past season, throwing for 1,061 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions while adding 354 rushing yards and three scores.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles are close to trading Carson Wentz

The Philadelphia Eagles are “close to trading” quarterback Carson Wentz, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Friday.

The Inquirer reported that the firing of former Eagles coach Doug Pederson did not alleviate the concerns Wentz had about the organization and that the former No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft would prefer to move on.

Wentz has not publicly requested a trade.

The Indianapolis Colts would seem to be one of the more probable destinations for Wentz, if he is traded. The Colts need to replace retiring quarterback Philip Rivers, and Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich served as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator with the Eagles during Wentz’s first two years in the league.

Meanwhile, Colts general manager Chris Ballard said in a radio interview on Friday that his team was “exploring lots of options” to fill the quarterback position, but denied a trade was imminent.

“Not today, not the Colts,” Ballard said.

The NFL Network reported that several teams have been asking about the cost of trading for Wentz, who signed a four-year, $128 million contract extension in 2019.

Wentz, 28, has thrown for 16,811 yards with 113 touchdowns and 50 interceptions over his five-year career with the Eagles. But he slumped badly in 2020, with career lows of 2,620 passing yards and a career-worst 57.4 percent completion percentage. Wentz led the NFL with 15 interceptions, and was benched late in the season for second-round draft pick Jalen Hurts.

Wentz has had 68 career starts, and the Eagles have a record of 35-32-1 in those games. He set a franchise record for touchdown passes in a season with 33 in 2017, but a late-season knee injury cost him the rest of the season, which culminated with backup Nick Foles leading the franchise to its first-ever Super Bowl victory.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Phone ringing, Eagles listen to Carson Wentz offers

Multiple teams have checked in with the Philadelphia Eagles about potential trades for quarterback Carson Wentz, NFL Network reported Thursday.

The Eagles are in no hurry to deal their former starter, “but they did field the calls and discussed the issue,” per the report.

Interest in the 28-year-old Wentz has reportedly intensified since Matthew Stafford’s recent removal from the NFL trade block, with the former Detroit Lions quarterback on his way to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jared Goff plus two future first-round picks and a third-rounder.

Wentz and his agents have not formally requested a trade, according to the report.

He signed a four-year, $128 million extension in June 2019, but played poorly in 2020 and was benched by former head coach Doug Pederson in favor of second-round rookie Jalen Hurts.

Wentz completed just 57.4 percent of his pass attempts (251 of 437) for 2,620 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw a league-leading 15 interceptions (tied with Denver’s Drew Lock) in 12 starts while averaging a career-low 218.3 passing yards per game. He also ran for five touchdowns.

Hurts, 22, completed 52.0 percent of his passes (77 of 148) for 1,061 yards with six touchdowns and four picks. He also rushed 63 times for 354 yards with three scores.

At his introductory press conference last month, new head coach Nick Sirianni was asked about the QB controversy he inherited.

“We have two quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts that are top notch quarterbacks,” he said. “A lot of teams don’t have any, and so I’m really excited to work with both of them.”

Asked if Wentz would be back in 2021, along with his cap hit of $34.7 million, Sirianni responded, “I can’t answer that.”

–Field Level Media

Aug 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Sirianni implies that Eagles QB job will be open competition

New Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni hinted Monday that the quarterback job will be an open competition between Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts.

During an interview on SportsRadio 94WIP in Philadelphia, Sirianni said “yeah” when asked directly if Hurts and Wentz would compete for the job.

“Everybody in this situation competition — players, coaches, every position,” Sirianni said on the show.

Sirianni didn’t stop there.

“A core value is competition,” Sirianni said. “That’s competition everywhere. Everybody is going to compete. I am going to compete with [offensive coordinator] Shane [Steichen] on things. We’re going to compete in the building with coaches. Competition is the core value that we’re going to use for every single position that we have here with the Philadelphia Eagles.”

Sirianni is already taking hits for his introductory press conference Friday. On that day, he said he “can’t answer” if Wentz would be back with the team and said the thought “hasn’t even crossed my mind” regarding naming a starter at QB.

A Philadelphia Inquirer column that ran Sunday started with this line: “The Eagles fired Gomer Pyle so they could hire Barney Fife.” Later, it called Sirianni “Pinocchio” for saying he hadn’t thought about the QB situation yet. “It sounds even dumber than it sounds false,” wrote Inquirer columnist Marcus Hayes.

Wentz, who was benched in favor of Hurts for the final four games of the 2020 season, completed just 57.4 percent of his pass attempts (251 of 437) for 2,620 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw a league-leading 15 interceptions (tied with Denver’s Drew Lock) in 12 starts while averaging a career-low 218.3 passing yards per game. He also ran for five touchdowns.

Now 28, Wentz was the No. 2 overall pick by the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles in June 2019.

Hurts, 22, completed 52.0 percent of his passes (77 of 148) for 1,061 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed 63 times for 354 yards with three scores.

“We’ve watched a little bit of tape to this point now,” Sirianni said Monday. “So we’re into that process of evaluating those players and I think we have really good talent evaluators.”

–Field Level Media

Aug 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Sirianni evaluating Eagles’ roster, including ‘top-notch’ QBs

Nick Sirianni has focused on the offensive side of the ball during his NFL coaching career, however he appeared to find himself on the defensive after being introduced as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach on Friday.

Sirianni was asked about the status of quarterback Carson Wentz numerous times. When asked directly if Wentz would return to the Eagles for the 2021 season, Sirianni said: “I can’t answer that. Again, evaluating everything.”

The 39-year-old Sirianni also was asked if there was a timeline for when a starting quarterback would be named, whether it be Wentz or Jalen Hurts.

“Haven’t really thought about that yet, naming a starter. That hasn’t even crossed my mind,” he said. “Just trying to evaluate the players on our team and get our staff together.”

Wentz, who was benched in favor of Hurts for the final four games of the 2020 season, completed just 57.4 percent of his pass attempts (251 of 437) for 2,620 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw a league-leading 15 interceptions (tied with Denver’s Drew Lock) in 12 starts while averaging a career-low 218.3 passing yards per game. He also ran for five touchdowns.

Now 28, Wentz was the No. 2 overall pick by the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles in June 2019.

Hurts, 22, completed 52.0 percent of his passes (77 of 148) for 1,061 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed 63 times for 354 yards with three scores.

Sirianni, who labeled Wentz and Hurts as “top-notch” quarterbacks, spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts posted an 11-5 regular-season mark under his watch in 2020, with the offense ranking ninth in scoring (28.2 points) and 10th in total offense (11th in passing, 11th in rushing).

The Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson earlier this month after a five-year run that included a 42-37-1 record and Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl championship. Since the win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, however, the Eagles are 22-25-1, including 4-11-1 in 2020.

Philadelphia’s offense ranked 24th in the NFL in yards per game (334.6), 26th in scoring (20.9 points) and 28th in passing yards (207.9).

–Field Level Media

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

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 Sportsbetting.ag 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 Sportsbetting.ag 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.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks Carson Wentz (11) and Jalen Hurts (2) talk with head coach Doug Pederson (C) during a timeout against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles GM: Wentz trade not being discussed

Mum was quite literally the word from coach Doug Pederson on rumors the Philadelphia Eagles are ready to trade quarterback Carson Wentz.

In an end-of-season press conference via Zoom on Monday, Pederson’s audio trailed off and his reply to the question about his reportedly fractured relationship was inaudible.

The joint presser also included general manager Howie Roseman, Pederson’s boss, who jumped in to respond.

“That is not anything we’re talking about right now,” Roseman said. “When you have players like that, they’re like fingers on your hand. You can’t imagine that they’re not part of you, that they’re not here. That’s how we feel about Carson.”

ESPN reported an offseason trade was likely because of what Wentz felt was a “fractured beyond repair” relationship with Pederson. Pederson made the decision in December to bench Wentz in favor of rookie second-round pick Jalen Hurts.

In the regular-season finale Sunday night against Washington, the Eagles used Nate Sudfeld as the backup to Hurts.

When Pederson’s microphone recovered on Monday, the coach seemed to indicate he wants to smooth any rough spots that emerged with Wentz.

“The relationship is good, it’s fine. It’s something we’re going to continue to build upon. I know Carson is disappointed,” Pederson said.

Whether the market will deem Wentz damaged goods is open for debate. He turned in a poor statistical season by his own standards.

Wentz completed just 57.4 percent of his pass attempts (251 of 437) for 2,620 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw a league-leading 15 interceptions (tied with Denver’s Drew Lock) in 12 starts while averaging a career-low 218.3 passing yards per game. He also ran for five touchdowns.

But issues with the offensive line, which constantly addressed health and continuity concerns, and skill-position challenges cannot be entirely dismissed.

Wentz was sacked 50 times, the most in the league.

ESPN reported the asking price in a Wentz trade will be high but they are expected to receive multiple inquiries.

Now 28, Wentz was the No. 2 overall pick by the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles in June 2019.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Relationship broken, Wentz wants out of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will seek a trade this offseason because of irreconcilable differences with coach Doug Pederson, ESPN reported Sunday.

Pederson benched Wentz in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts after a loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 13 — a fourth straight defeat that dropped the Eagles to 3-8-1 at that point.

The Eagles (4-10-1) conclude the season Sunday night against the Washington Football Team.

Wentz has struggled this season. He’s competed just 57.4 percent of his pass attempts (251 of 437) for 2,620 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has thrown 15 interceptions and is averaging a career-low 218.3 yards per game.

He also has run for five touchdowns.

Wentz has been sacked 50 times for 326 yards — both of which lead the league. But perhaps play behind an offensive line that has had been juggled because of injuries has had something to do with that. Hurts, a more mobile quarterback, has been sacked 12 times for 54 yards in three starts.

ESPN said that should the Eagles decide to trade Wentz, the asking price will be high but they are expected to receive multiple inquiries.

Now 28, Wentz was the No. 2 overall pick by the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles in June 2019.

If he is still on the roster by the third day of the new league year, which will be sometime in March, he will be owed a fully guaranteed $22 million base salary for 2022 and a $10 million roster bonus for 2021, ESPN reported.

Wentz and his management team reportedly are prepared to work on financial issues to facilitate a trade.

–Field Level Media