Week 15 of the NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles named Jalen Hurts the team’s starter. Since then, it’s been nothing short of a toxic media driven saga.
As talks have heated up and started to diminish, QB Jalen Hurts has began making arrangements to meet with the teams WRs to get some reps in during this off-season.
This is now a standoff between the Eagles, Colts, Bears and Wentz himself. Either the market for Wentz really cooled over the last week and a half or it was never as hot as we were led to believe.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday morning, during his weekly call with 97.5 The Fanatic, said the league views the Wentz trade as “the next domino” to fall. There are several other QBs who might be moved this offseason but the league is waiting to see what happens with No. 11.
“I don’t think the facts on the story have changed at all. It’s the same story,” Schefter said. “It’s gone on and on. The only difference is that the Eagles are being very deliberate in their attempts before they trade him. That’s the only thing that slowed this down.
“I thought it would have been done by the end of last week. It wasn’t. It wasn’t, in part, because they’re being very deliberate and slow in taking the calls, sifting through the offers, making the decisions and finally just doing it. But nothing’s changed. Carson Wentz is still expected to be traded, he still wants to leave Philadelphia, the Eagles and he are going to move on from each other, I believe. And so it’s the same situation.”
The hardest detail to believe is the fact that Wentz, who was statistically the worst QB in the league last year, is holding the most leverage. As previously reported, the Bears are willing to offer the most for QB Carson Wentz, but is forced to hold off until Carson Wentz expresses interest in playing in Chicago long term. With Wentz’ current contract, a team is unlikely to make a move for the under-performing Quarterback, without a commitment long-term.
Colts GM Chris Ballard is fine with slow-playing this and isn’t one to come over the top with an offer. In other words, not many expect Ballard to overpay, not even for a guy who might become the franchise quarterback under Frank Reich for a team that has gone through three QBs in three years.
With the Colts refusing to budge, the Eagles have their backs against the wall, with Indianapolis possibly being the only team that Carson Wentz agrees to commit to long-term.