The Carson Wentz era with the Philadelphia Eagles will soon end, as the franchise is actively looking to trade the former second overall pick. Thus far, Wentz has been linked to the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears, two teams in need of a new quarterback in 2021.
A few rumors have stated that Carson Wentz prefers to get traded to the Colts since he has a strong relationship with head coach Frank Reich. However, former NFL star and current ESPN analyst Ryan Clark believes the Bears are the best landing spot for the gunslinger.
Carson Wentz was awful for the Eagles in 2020
Carson Wentz may have been the worst starting quarterback in the NFL in 2020. He led the league in interceptions with 15 and completed only 57.4% of his passes.
A one-time Pro Bowler, Wentz threw for 2,620 yards and tossed 16 touchdowns before getting benched for Jalen Hurts. The Eagles were 3-8-1 when Wentz started and finished the season at 4-11-1. Doug Pederson was fired as head coach and replaced by Nick Sirianni.
It has been rough to watch Wentz’s demise in the NFL. He was in the MVP conversation a few years ago and still played well even after suffering a torn ACL. In 2019, Wentz racked up 4,039 passing yards and threw 27 touchdowns.
Colts head coach Frank Reich was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator in 2016 and 2017. Wentz had a good rapport with Reich in Philadelphia, and many NFL pundits believe the Colts should trade for the 28-year-old so the duo can be reunited. Indianapolis has to sign or trade for a quarterback this offseason after Philip Rivers retired.
The Bears need a quarterback, too, since the franchise likely won’t re-sign Mitchell Trubisky. While the Chicago media is just as ruthless as Philadelphia’s, Ryan Clark thinks the Bears should trade for Carson Wentz and pair him with Matt Nagy.
Ryan Clark explains why Carson Wentz to the Bears makes the most sense
Ryan Clark joined Mike Greenberg on “Get Up” to explain why Carson Wentz to the Bears makes the most sense for Wentz’s career. The former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back said that Wentz and Bears coach Matt Nagy could work well together since they are under immense pressure.
“(Chicago) is a place where two people–whether it’s the head coach or whether we’re talking about Carson Wentz–understand it’s their last chance,” Clark said. “And they’re going to do everything to work together to make it happen. We need to see Carson Wentz bring back that talent, but Mr. Hero ball, bring back some of those intangibles that we love but miss the mistakes, and maybe Chicago can be the place for that when you have a defense you know will keep you in every game. When you think about Carson Wentz, and you think about what they need in Chicago, that’s a place I believe that’s willing to give up more for him. The Chicago Bears understand that they need another quarterback, and it can’t be a rookie.”
The Bears lost to the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card Round. Mitchell Trubisky is an unrestricted free agent and isn’t expected to re-sign with Chicago.
Houston Texans superstar signal-caller Deshaun Watson, who has requested a trade, is the player Bears fans want the most. If Chicago can’t get the star QB, Ryan Clark says Carson Wentz is worth a gamble since he could thrive in Matt Nagy’s pass-happy offense.
The Bears can’t give up a first-round pick for the one-time Super Bowl champion
According to Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Eagles are looking for “a Matthew Stafford package” in return for Carson Wentz. The Detroit Lions traded Stafford to the LA Rams for a third-round pick in 2021, two future first-round picks, and Jared Goff.
Even though the Bears need a new quarterback in 2021, general manager Ryan Pace can’t part ways with a first-round pick for a player in Wentz who didn’t even look like an NFL-caliber QB in 2020.
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