When the Philadelphia Eagles drafted QB Jalen Hurts in the 2020 NFL Draft, spectators wondered what that meant for their current starting quarterback: Carson Wentz.
Fast forward through the 2020 season where Wentz was benched for Hurts in the final four games.
Now, trade rumors are making it look like the Eagles could trade Wentz away any day now.
Wentz still has four years left on his $128 million deal and his contract will have a $34.6 million cap hit for the 2021 season.
While no trade is guaranteed, SportsBetting has released their odds as to where Wentz may play next season.
Where will Carson Wentz Play Next Season?
Odds via SportsBetting as of Tuesday, February 9
- Chicago Bears EVEN
- Indianapolis Colts +150
- Denver Broncos +800
- Washington Football Team +900
- Carolina Panthers +1200
- Houston Texans +1600
- Las Vegas Raiders +1800
- New England Patriots +2000
- San Francisco 49ers +2000
- Dallas Cowboys +2500
- Miami Dolphins +2500
- New York Jets +2500
Here’s more analysis on the most likely landing spots:
Chicago Bears EVEN
As of right now, the Bears seem like the most likely landing spot for Wentz.
While the Bears’ defense has been good as of late, quarterbacks like Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles haven’t been able to elevate the team to the next tier. The Bears have targeted Wentz before, so it makes sense that they’d be in the mix again.
The Bears also have passing coordinator and quarterback coach Joe DeFilippo, who was on the Eagles staff during Wentz’s 2017 MVP-caliber season.
Indianapolis Colts +150
The Colts have also been linked to possibly landing Wentz. Philip Rivers started at quarterback in Indianapolis last season, but he’s since retired.
The team’s unsure if they want to bring back Jacoby Brissett to start or if 2020 draft pick Jacob Eason is ready for that opportunity.
Bringing in Wentz would make sense.
Colts head coach Frank Reich was his offensive coordinator in Philadelphia and they have a good relationship. If the Colts are confident they can “fix” Wentz, they may pull the trigger when the price is right.
Denver Broncos +800
The Broncos haven’t had a true franchise quarterback since Peyton Manning led them to victory at Super Bowl 50. Last season, Drew Lock threw for 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
It’s safe to say the Broncos may need to move on from Lock because the last thing they want to do is waste receivers Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy’s talent.
The Broncos were in on Matthew Stafford before he got traded to the Los Angeles Rams, so it makes sense that they would test the waters for other available quarterbacks.
Washington Football Team +900
While Alex Smith did win the Comeback Player of the Year award after almost dying from his gruesome leg injury, Washington is still looking for an upgrade at quarterback.
The team was involved in the Stafford trade talks too, and while they do have high odds of getting Wentz, NFL sources are saying that Washington is not interested in his services.
Does this mean a trade is impossible? No, but it seems more unlikely as time passes.
Carolina Panthers +1200
Not only were the Panthers also involved in Stafford trade talks, but they’ve also had their sights on Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
If anything is clear, it’s that the team is trying to improve its quarterback situation and Teddy Bridgewater may not be the answer.
That said, due to his recent play, Wentz will cost less to acquire than Watson.
Even though Watson wants out, the Texans have made it clear that they don’t want to trade him. With the Eagles shopping around Wentz, it would make more sense for the Panthers to pursue him.