NFL rumors: Eagles will want a 1st-round pick ‘at minimum’ in trade for Carson Wentz, insider predicts
Teams hoping to trade for Carson Wentz on the cheap are likely to be disappointed when they call Eagles GM Howie Roseman this offseason.
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles will be seeking a big haul for their (as of now) franchise quarterback.
“They’re not going to trade him unless they get fair value,” Schefter told 975 The Fanatic’s John Kincade on Wednesday. “And, what I would say is, the issue there is that the Eagles will want strong compensation for a guy, who a few years ago, could have won the NFL MVP. They will want strong compensation. And let me say this, they will listen, absolutely listen (to offers), and if a team makes the right offer, there will be a trade that will be made.”
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Schefter thinks Wentz’s media silence indicates the quarterback still wants to be shipped out of town. Wentz has been silent since he was benched in Week 13 for Jalen Hurts.
Wentz “wants to leave the franchise,” Schefter said. “That’s why the trade is still in play. Again, people wondering where this stuff comes from at the end of the year: this is all real. None of this is made up. And just because he would like to be moved, or hasn’t commented, doesn’t mean he will be (traded). If I had to guess, I would guess he is traded.”
Wentz is coming off a season where he led the league with 15 interceptions and 50 sacks taken, despite only playing in 12 games. He was inaccurate and skittish in the pocket. A potential trade partner is going to need to believe wholeheartedly that they can fix Wentz to make a deal.
It will cost the Eagles roughly $33.8 million in dead money on their salary cap to trade Wentz. That would be a historic penalty, so they’ll want a strong return for the quarterback.
“I would say, and I don’t know this, but off the top of my head, just a guess, it would be a minimum of a first-round draft pick,” Schefter said. “A minimum. And of course, they’re going to want more. They may want two first-round picks for all I know.”
Schefter thinks the Eagles would be open to keeping Wentz. If they do keep Wentz, they’ll need to resolve the QB pecking order in training camp.
“If a team doesn’t make the right offer, I think they’ll be open to bringing him back,” Schefter said. “And have him compete in training camp with Jalen Hurts. To me, it could go either way.”
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